The family of the late Sen. Robert C. Byrd is slamming the West Virginia Republican Party and its nominee for the U.S. Senate after using an image from Byrd's memorial service in a television attack ad.
The 30-second spot by Republican John Raese's campaign slams "Obamacare" and links President Barack Obama to Gov. Joe Manchin by displaying an image of the two Democrats at the Byrd memorial ceremony. Raese and Manchin are running in a special election for what remains of Byrd's term.
The Raese campaign refuses to pull the image claims it "had no idea" the image was from the memorial.
Byrd was history's longest-serving member of Congress when he died at 92 on June 28. Byrd was very lackluster on LGBT rights and boasted a dismal 22% rating from the Human Rights Campaign. Byrd did support 2009's Matthew Shepard Act. In May 2010, the ailing conservative Democrat surprised observers and announced he would support a compromise toward repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ... but only after insisting upon a 60-day congressional review period. Watch the spot AFTER THE JUMP ...