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Fact Check: Benton campaign misleads on Viagra for sex offenders

Post by Brad Shannon / The Olympian on April 26, 2010 at 5:59 pm |
April 26, 2010 6:13 pm

There is no disputing Republican state Sen. Don Benton’s enthusiasm in the U.S. Senate race. His campaign reports almost daily on developments and endorsements, including one recently from state House Republican Leader Richard DeBolt of Chehalis.

But his claims shot wide of the mark of truth in a video and news release he put out last week accusing three-term Democratic U.S. Sen. Patty Murray of voting to spend money on Viagra for sex offenders. That wasn’t quite what happened, although the dust-up might get Benton extra attention as he tries to stand out from the thick field of 10 other Republicans (minus Chris Widener who quit the race Friday).

Here’s the video:

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