Exploiting Murder for Political gain.(EDITORIALS)
Byline: THE WASHINGTON TIMES
Kathleen Kennedy Townsend's empty promise not to exploit the recent sniper attacks - which have killed at least seven people in the Washington area - against Rep. Robert Ehrlich, her Republican opponent in the Maryland governor's race, lasted less than a week. Television ads ginned up by the Townsend campaign depicting Mr. Ehrlich as an "extremist" supporter of the gun lobby and hinting that he and others who oppose restrictive gun control policies directed against law-abiding citizens are somehow to blame for the deadly attacks hit the air on Friday, with more to come. The voiceover in one of these commercials slams Mr. Ehrlich for voting "against banning assault weapons and cheap handguns" - even though, according to the information relayed to the media by authorities, neither category of firearm is involved in the recent attacks; the sniper is apparently using a high-powered hunting rifle with a scope, an entirely different type of weapon.
Regardless, it is simply a measure of Mrs. Townsend's growing political desperation that she is attempting to suggest that Mr. Ehrlich - a responsible legislator who supports the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans - is in any way to blame for the loathsome actions of the sniper. "We've got a killer on the loose, we have funerals taking place, and she and her campaign have decided to put that to use for their political gain," Ehrlich campaign spokesman Paul Schurick said on Friday. …