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September 15, 2008

Merkley fights back

Oregon Senate candidate Jeff Merkley is using an Oregon police officer to rebut charges, recently aired by Sen. Gordon Smith (R-Ore.), that he is soft on crime.

Smith launched two new advertisements last Friday accusing Merkley of opposing mandatory life sentences for serial rapists. One of the ads featured a victim of a rapist who is soon scheduled to be released from jail.

Kristi Gustafson, who has spent 28 years as an Oregon law enforcement official, said she was offended by Smith’s lies and innuendo, and argued that Merkley has a strong crime-fighting record in the state legislature.

“No one is more committed than Jeff Merkley to keep our families safe,” said Gustafson. “Gordon Smith, knock off the sleazy campaign. We deserve better.”