The Republican Party of Minnesota apologized to the family of a 4-year-old boy who was murdered by his stepmother for using his image in a campaign advertisement with blamed Governor Mark Dayton for his death.
The Star Tribune reported Republican Party of Minnesota Chairman Keith Downey called Yvonne Dean, the grandmother of Eric Dean, and initially informed Dean that the party had the legal right to use Eric’s image in the advertisement. Downey later called back and said the image of Eric and any mention of his name would be removed from the advertisement.
Yesterday morning Mike McFadden, the Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, called on the Republican Party of Minnesota to remove the image of Eric from the advertisement and apologize to the family. Jeff Johnson, the Republican candidate for governor, also said the “picture should never have been used in an ad.”
Although Downey said the advertisement would be taken down, there were reports last evening on Twitter that the advertisement was still being broadcast. Please check back to politics.mn for additional analysis and information on the 2014 elections.