Samuels campaign questions Parnell ads

Posted: Tuesday, February 09, 2010

ANCHORAGE - The campaign manager for GOP gubernatorial hopeful Ralph Samuels says a nonprofit organization's advertisements featuring Gov. Sean Parnell are helping the incumbent's election campaign and should be stopped.

A spokeswoman for the governor said Monday he's just doing his job. Parnell is featured in ads aired by the Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.

Parnell in December announced he would take steps to address Alaska's high rates of domestic violence and sexual assault.

He also said he would tell his own family's story as part of a public education campaign encouraging Alaska men to "Choose Respect" for women and children.

Suzanne Armstrong of the Samuels campaign says Parnell's television ads unfairly aid his election campaign and the value of the ads could be viewed as an illegal campaign donation.

Parnell spokeswoman Sharon Leighow says Parnell has committed to do everything in his power to prevent domestic violence and sexual assault.

"It is the job of governor to protect public safety," she said.

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