Friday, July 23, 2004

Controversial bin Laden stickers taken off Web site

By Joe Biesk
The Associated Press

FRANKFORT - A Web site maintained by Republican supporters briefly offered a campaign bumper sticker Thursday that has been denounced by some in the GOP because it suggests terrorists would prefer a John Kerry presidency.

The Web site was selling bumper stickers for $3 that read: "Kerry is bin Laden's Man/President Bush is Mine." Bryan Mills, one of the Web site's organizers, sent out a news release late Wednesday promoting the bumper stickers.

"We usually aren't the firebrand types. We just decided that there's a lot of comments out there by Michael Moore, Linda Ronstadt and Whoopi Goldberg," Mills said. "Sometimes Republicans have to just draw a line in the sand and fight back."

Similar bumper stickers began circulating in Louisville and were at one point available at the Jefferson County GOP headquarters. Republican U.S. Rep. Anne Northup earlier this week said it was inappropriate for the party to display and distribute the stickers.

"What campaigns need to center on, debates need to center on and the party needs to focus on are ideas," Northup, who is seeking a fifth term representing her Louisville-area district, said Monday.

The page where the bumper stickers could be purchased was removed from the Web site late Thursday after its owner, Eric Mills, learned they were being sold through his site. He said they would not be sold "with his permission" on the site.

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