Oct 23, 2014 1:48 PM
Family of abused boy gets GOP to change attack ad
The Associated Press
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Republican Party is scrambling to revise an ad accusing Gov. Mark Dayton of incompetence after the grandmother of a 4-year-old boy whose death was highlighted in the spot complained it was inappropriate.
Republican Party chairman Keith Downey said Thursday that he would respect the wishes of Yvonne Dean and remove any images or mentions of her grandson, Eric Dean. His 2013 death exposed failings in Minnesota's child protection system.
The grandmother complained publicly about the death being politicized, saying the party didn't warn her family that the case would be part of a political ad. Downey advised her of the decision to change the ad.
The ad doesn't directly blame Dayton's policies for the boy's death, but it highlights a law he signed last spring dealing with abuse investigations. The boy was killed by his stepmother last year.