Daughter Campaigns Against Dad in Oklahoma

Woman takes out an ad attacking John Mantooth
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 27, 2010 7:00 AM CDT
Would-Be Judge's Kid: Don't Vote for My Dad
This image provided by Andrew and Jan Schill is of a political advertisement attacking Jan Schill's father, McClain County, Okla. judicial hopeful John Mantooth.   ((AP Photo/Andrew and Jan Schill) NO SALES)

(Newser) – An Oklahoma judicial candidate is fending off a political attack from his own daughter, who has taken out a local newspaper ad urging voters: "Do not vote for my dad!" McClain County judicial hopeful John Mantooth's daughter and son-in-law paid for the quarter-page advertisement, which features a picture of the daughter's family, highlights cases in which Mantooth has been sued and lists a website the couple started, www.donotvoteformydad.com.

Mantooth said the bad blood stems from his 1981 divorce from his daughter's mother. "This is a family issue which should have been kept private," he said. He also suspects some political maneuvering, because his son-in-law was once law partners with his opponent in today's primary. But Jan Schill, 31, says she's just always had a bad relationship with her dad, and thinks he'd make a lousy judge. "He's made so many people mad, I'm just another mark on his board of people's he's had a beef with." (Read more campaign advertising stories.)

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