AG Candidate Pulls Ad About Fallen Flint Officer 10-28-2010 - WNEM TV 5

AG Candidate Pulls Ad About Fallen Flint Officer 10-28-2010

The campaign of Michigan Republican attorney general candidate Bill Schuette has agreed to stop airing a campaign ad after the parents of a Flint police officer who died during a 2005 chase said it was "disrespectful."
The television ad criticizes Democratic candidate David Leyton for how he handled charges in Officer Owen Fisher's death as Genesee County prosecutor.
Schuette spokesman Rusty Hills said he spoke with a family member Wednesday and the ad was pulled that day.
David and Vida Fisher said in a statement that they are "saddened and disappointed" by the ad.
They also said the ad twists the facts and that they were satisfied with Leyton's actions.
The ad said Leyton plea bargained down the "open and shut case." It also features another case handled by Leyton's office involving a dragging death.
Meanwhile, another ad funded by the Michigan Republican Party claims Leyton failed to fully prosecute a 2006 murder case as prosecutor.
In the ad, Deb McIntosh claims that Leyton "cut an outrageous plea deal" with the man charged in her son's shooting death and "refused to press charges against the other two killers."
She said her family agreed to the plea deal if others would be charged.
Leyton has said his office did everything it could. He said the evidence didn't support charging the other men.
His campaign calls the ad a "disappointing" GOP tactic.
That ad doesn't mention Republican candidate Bill Schuette.
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