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Hillary exploits the ghost of Ann Richards–over sons' objections

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By Michelle Malkin  •  February 27, 2008 03:47 PM

Well, she said last night she intends to do everything she can to win.

And that means using the ghost of Ann Richards in an Internet video to drum up women’s votes in Texas–over the objections of two of her children.

The two sons of Ann Richards, the late former Texas governor, are objecting to an Internet video published by Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential campaign that suggests their mother would have supported Clinton.

Clinton’s campaign had permission from Richards’ youngest daughter, Ellen, who said in a statement provided by the campaign that her mother was an “ardent feminist” who would be thrilled by her friend Hillary Clinton’s candidacy…

…But sons Dan and Clark Richards, partners at an Austin law firm, say nobody can know who the outspoken and opinionated former governor would have supported in the race between Clinton and Barack Obama.

“As her children, we never presumed to know her mind when alive and we are not prepared to make a claim as to who she would endorse or what she would do if she were still with us,” they wrote in an e-mail last week. “We are not granting permission for her name to be used in advertisements on behalf of either candidate.”

The e-mail, provided to The Associated Press by Dan Richards, was sent to Cathy Bonner, a friend of their mother’s and member of Richards’ administration. Bonner is working with Clinton’s campaign and sent Dan and Clark Richards an early copy of the video on Feb. 19 “to make sure you are okay with it.”

Dan Richards said in an interview Tuesday that they denied permission and he’s angry the campaign published the video anyway. He said the campaign contacted him again last Friday to ask him to reconsider, and he repeated his objections.

“They asked me if I would sue the campaign, and I said no, I wasn’t in the business of suing the campaign, but I didn’t think they should do it,” he said in a telephone interview. “To try to present who she would endorse a year and a half after she died is offensive to me.”

Vintage Clinton.

Next up: Maggie Williams produces a psychic to vouch for Richards’ beyond-the-grave endorsement and unveil new Hillary campaign co-chairs RFK, JFK, Indira Gandhi, and Mother Teresa.

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Har.

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