I could be totally off-base on this one, but I consider this development in the Alaska Senate race sick and twisted.
Incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski is set to air a television ad this week featuring a video endorsement by the late Sen. Ted Stevens, who filmed the clip shortly before his death in a plane crash earlier this year.Murkowski, who launched a write-in campaign after losing the Aug. 24 primary to Tea Party-supported attorney Joe Miller, was originally slated to air the footage this summer but pulled the ads after the legendary 40-year Senate veteran’s death.
Stevens’ daughter, Sue Covich, not only approved of this twisted campaign ad, but also appears in the ad. I don’t care if the family approves of this morbid use of the dead for political gain. Consider the fact that Stevens’ endorsement came before the GOP primary was decided. He endorsed Murkowski to be the GOP nominee.
Now Murkowski has mounted this write-in campaign like a spoiled 4th-grader who can’t deal with reality. Would Stevens have supported this juvenile effort at the possible expense of the rightful GOP nominee (Joe Miller)? We can’t know for sure. But Murkowski and Covich pretend to make that assumption for the deceased.
I can’t help but to think that there are Alaska voters who, like me, will find this repulsive and offensive. I was never a huge Stevens fan though I did respect him as one of the GOP’s elder statesmen. I can’t say for sure that Ted Stevens would do the correct thing by supporting the GOP nominee (although I believe he would), but I do know that this action by Murkowski reeks of desperation, narcissism and a total lack of class.