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Hagan sues Dole over 'godless' ad

Posted October 30, 2008

— Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Kay Hagan on Thursday sued Sen. Elizabeth Dole after the Republican refused to stop airing an ad questioning Hagan's faith.

Hagan also rolled out her own television ad Thursday in which she tells voters "I believe in God" and cites the Bible's Ninth Commandment to decry her rival's tactics.

Dole's ad questions why Hagan went to a fund-raiser at the home of a Boston man who serves as an adviser to the Godless Americans Political Action Committee, an atheist advocacy group.

The ad ends by showing a picture of Hagan while another woman declares in the background, "There is no God."

"Elizabeth Dole's attacks on my Christian faith are offensive," Hagan says in her ad. "She even faked my voice in her TV ad to make you think I don't believe in God. Well, I believe in God. I taught Sunday School. My faith guides my life, and Sen. Dole knows it."

Referring to the Ten Commandments, Hagan concludes her response by saying the campaign is about creating jobs and fixing the economy, "not bearing false witness against fellow Christians."

Dole said the ad does not question Hagan's faith, only her agenda and associations.

"All I know is that she was willing to travel to Boston, and it was done in a way that, I think, she didn't want people to know about it," Dole said.

Hagan's campaign had demanded that Dole stop airing her ad, and they followed through on their threat of legal action, filing paperwork in Wake County Superior Court as a prelude to a libel and defamation suit.

Dole's campaign called the suit "frivolous" and said they would try to get it dismissed.

Dan McLagan, a Dole spokesman, said the campaign had no plans to pull the ad from the air, calling Hagan's promise of a lawsuit an empty threat aimed at distracting voters.

"The ad will be up until it reaches its saturation point," McLagan said.

The dispute comes amid a tight race leading up to next Tuesday's election.

A WRAL News poll released Wednesday showed Dole holds a 46 to 42 percent lead, with 9 percent of voters still undecided. A different polling firm said Thursday that Hagan has a 52 to 46 percent lead.

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  • snobbydob Oct 31, 2008

    Maybe Dole should sue Hagan for some of her negative ads, of course, Dole has more class than that. Glad I did not vote for Hagan.

  • gordonbabe Oct 31, 2008

    If it walks like a duck... Kay's just mad because she got caught with her feathers wet.

  • ladyblue Oct 31, 2008

    Dole's ad questions why Hagan went to a fund-raiser at the home of a Boston man who serves as an adviser to the Godless Americans Political Action Committee, an atheist advocacy group

    The way I see it miss hagen is you went to the fundraiser and the allmight dollar wa your guide not your cnscience so to me you are guilty of the actions. I didn't vote for you but that was not the reason.

  • justenuff9 Oct 31, 2008

    Religion & Politics obviously two things you can't discuss and be civil. I for one will be glad when all this is over. Never thought I would actually be glad to see a erectile disfuction commercial but that will be a welcome change!

  • JandJ Oct 31, 2008

    So...how much money is Hagan supposed to have taken from the atheist group??? Anyone??? Anyone??? Did Dole's ad ever state any amount?? Does Dole's ad offer proof that Hagan took any money from them? Nope, just a blurry picture of Hagan standing with people. Dole's ad also fails to mention that the atheist group was only 1 of 40 groups sponsoring the event Hagan was attending. Do we know if any of those other groups sponsoring the event were Christian based? Would it be OK for Hagan to take money from them?

  • VT1994Hokie Oct 31, 2008

    Hagan should not have been in the company of this person taking the money!

  • Adelinthe Oct 31, 2008

    "Dole's ad questions why Hagan went to a fund-raiser at the home of a Boston man who serves as an adviser to the Godless Americans Political Action Committee, an atheist advocacy group.

    The ad ends by showing a picture of Hagan while another woman declares in the background, 'There is no God.'"

    There is video proving this part is true.

    As for Hagan's personal beliefs, I do not know; but I know if I were running, I wouldn't take any money from anyone whose values didn't equal mine. That lacks integrity because you're leading those you take money from that you agree with them.

    Can't play both sides of the fences and claim to be agreeing with both.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • JandJ Oct 31, 2008

    In response to ScoDan's comment "You are just really a female Jesse Helms.."

    Actually she isn't even on par with Jesse Helms. I will first say that I never agreed with pretty much anything that came out of Jesse's mouth and was embarrassed by him many, many times, but at least he stood for something. As screwed up as I believe his views were, you always got the impression that he did truly believe that what he was doing was for the good of North Carolina. I will take a person on conviction over a slacker, opportunist anyday!

  • anitathebaptist Oct 31, 2008

    i'm with OldRebel -- it's her reactions . If she's so clean , then what does she have to worry about ? i , for one , don't even like to hear her speak -- as she comes off very hard & demanding . to jump on a lawsuit so quickly - shows me her insecurity.

  • Not_So_Dumb Oct 31, 2008

    GetRight - "Their sole purpose for existence is to remove all traces of Christianity (not religion) from the American public landscape."

    Keep trying. No matter how many times you repeat it, it won't come true.

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