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Hugo Asks For an Apology But Doesn't Get One

Anita Kumar

Late last week, Del. Timothy D. Hugo (R-Fairfax) wrote a letter to Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) asking him to denounce a campaign mailer sent out by Hugo's Democratic opponent, Rex Simmons, and apologize for the Democratic party's involvement.

"As a good father, I ask you to consider how you would respond when a child or family member asks you why someone would falsely accuse you of complicity in human torture,'' Hugo wrote Thursday. "As a man of honor, I call on you to direct the Democratic Party of Virginia to issue a retraction and an apology to me and my family."

Three days later, Kaine's political action committee, Moving Virginia Forward, sent out an email to supporters highlighting two candidates for the General Assembly including Simmons.

"Rex Simmons believes in Virginia's future. He was an underdog. But he's fought hard and clawed his way into a race that has great potential for Virginia Democrats,'' Kaine wrote. "He's proven himself 100%, and I'm proud to support his campaign."

By Anita Kumar  |  October 15, 2007; 2:30 PM ET
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That's the mailer an AP story used as an example of the worst attacks.

"Larry J. Sabato, director of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia, said the mailing was so far out, it almost resembled a parody of a political attack ad.

"To try to tie a state delegate to torture in Iraq is somewhere between ludicrous and desperate," Sabato said.

Posted by: charles | October 15, 2007 7:33 PM | Report abuse

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