Slattery Apologizes to Roberts for E-mail Gaffe

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) Democrat Jim Slattery's campaign is apologizing for an e-mail sent to thousands of people that contained a crude word to describe Republican Senator Pat Roberts.

Slattery is challenging Roberts in the November election.

The e-mail -- which also contained bogus quotes criticizing Roberts -- was written by Slattery's deputy communications director. It was released inadvertently yesterday to donors, volunteers, reporters and others who regularly receive Slattery campaign updates.

No decision has yet been made about the future of deputy communications director, Ian Staples.

A Slattery spokeswoman said she contacted the Roberts campaign to apologize for the inadvertent release of the e-mail. A retraction was sent to everyone receiving the original message. Roberts' campaign staff declined to make a statement about the incident.

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The document contained fictitious testimonial quotes, including a statement attributed to ``John'' from Dodge City declaring that ``Pat Roberts ... is'' followed by a vulgar reference to a body part.


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