Update: A family member sent an email to Mr. Fitzhugh's office:
Original email to Rep. Fitzhugh:
Sent: Wednesday, October 13, 2004 1:57 PM
To: Craig Fitzhugh
How can you sleep at night after distributing such a flyer? You are a despicable human being. As the aunt of two special need children, I find your gutter politics to be offensive and disgusting.
Reply from Rep. Fitzhugh's office:
From: Craig Fitzhugh [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Monday, October 18, 2004 11:51 AM
Thank you for your email. Rep. Fitzhugh has stated in several articles, "It is totally, unequivocally, completely a lie. I am completely disgusted by the accusation, by the distribution, by everything about it."
10/14 - My Prediction: Expect a "flyer" to be planted/found at a GOP headquarters, which will in turn be covered by the media. This flyer will be racist and outrage will follow, Democrats will ask Bush to apologize for the offending flyer. During the 2000 election a group claimed that republicans posted flyers in minority populated areas that encourage people to vote....two days after the election. I would expect no less.
Update: Special Olympics responds:
"We at Special Olympics are astounded and appalled by a political flier being distributed in Tennessee, showing the head of President Bush superimposed on the body of a Special Olympics athlete, with the statement, "Even if you win, you're still retarded."
We see this communication as an egregious, gratuitous insult to our almost 1.4 million athletes in over 150 countries around the world and a stunning affront to the 170 million people in the world who have intellectual disabilities.
We cringe at the thought that any one of these capable and courageous athletes would ever have to endure the agony, embarrassment, pain and suffering that this flier would certainly cause..."
Update: Hobbs reports that the Tennessee Democrats are claiming this was a Republican dirty trick, even evoking Nixon in doing so. Would you expect any less? Also, the AP is putting together a story on this.
Democrat Craig Fitzhugh is running for office in Tennessee's District 82. His Republican opponent, Dave Dahl, reports that these flyers are being distributed at the Kerry/Edwards campaign headquarters in Ripley; the office also is used as Fitzhugh's campaign office.
Mr. Dahl responded to the flyer “At first, I really did not believe that Fitzhugh and the Democrats would stoop to such gutter politics, but then people started bringing the flyer to me at the end of last week. I was shocked and disgusted.” He has also passed the flyer on to United States Special Olympics Committee, the Special Olympics International Group, and various state and national advocacy groups for special needs children and adults. They might not find it as funny as the Tennessee Democrats.
135 South Alpine Street
Ripley, TN 38063
Phone (731) 772-8978
33 Legislative Plaza
Nashville, TN 37243-0182
Phone (615) 741-2134
Fax (615) 741-7041
Staff Contact: Eunice Golden
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Michelle Malkin gets into the fray, states that Fox News is on the ground in Ripley
The National Review questions Fitzhugh's manhood
Bill Hobbs roasts Fitzhugh and the Dems. He posts an open letter to Fitzhugh
Right on Red also has a flyer post
South End Grounds lists organizations to contact and recalls Fitzhugh mocking Dahl's adopted daughter in a previous election
Say Anything is on the prowl for answers
Wall Street Journal's Opinion Journal posts a blurb on the flyer
Drudge has posted it, activated conservative blog power
Hold The Mayo asks an important question. The answer is "probably not yet".
WMC in Memphis runs story
The Jackson Sun publishes an article.
The Tennessean, Tennessee's largest paper wakes up and prints an article.