Alaska Senate hopefuls pull ads mentioning deaths

U.S. Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK) (L) poses for photographers with his wife Deborah Bonito (2nd L), son Jacob (3rd L), and Vice President Dick Cheney (R) during a mock swearing-in ceremony on Capitol Hill January 6, 2009 in Washington, D.C.  (Alex Wong, Getty Images)
U.S. Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK) (L) poses for photographers with his wife Deborah Bonito (2nd L), son Jacob (3rd L), and Vice President Dick Cheney (R) during a mock swearing-in ceremony on Capitol Hill January 6, 2009 in Washington, D.C. (Alex Wong, Getty Images)
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Updated: 9/02 2:09 pm

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Television ads in the Alaska U.S. Senate race have been pulled by both parties' candidates after complaints from the family of two slaying victims.

U.S. Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, began airing an ad last week trying to portray his Republican opponent, former Alaska Attorney General Dan Sullivan, as soft on crime. The ads featured a man identified as a former Anchorage police officer standing outside the home where an elderly couple was beaten to death and a family member sexually abused in 2013.

Sullivan responded with his own ad, using the name of the man charged in the killings and accusing Begich of trying to politicize the case for political gain.

An attorney for the victims' families asked that the ads be pulled.

 

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