- The Washington Times - Monday, October 27, 2003

A search for the campaign Web site of Sen. Arlen Specter may lead to his official site, which features a photo of Mr. Specter and Vice President Dick Cheney waving to Republican supporters, or it may lead to a similarly named site that calls the Pennsylvanian “the Senate’s doctor of death” who supports human cloning and abortion.

“The intent is to at least raise awareness,” said Andrew Jaspers, creator of the opposition Web site and dozens of others like it. “It’s one last invitation to say: ‘Hey, have you really thought about this? Are you sure you support this candidate?’”

Mr. Specter, who faces a primary election challenge from conservative Republican Rep. Patrick J. Toomey, is targeted by one of 40 sites controlled by Mr. Jaspers. These sites have Web addresses similar to those of pro-choice candidates.

“It’s something I did in Minnesota state senator races and it worked really well,” said Mr. Jaspers, 25, a graduate student in philosophy at Fordham University in New York.

Another of his targets is Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle, South Dakota Democrat, who faces re-election next year in a state that President Bush won in 2000 with 60 percent of the vote.

“Tom Daschle’s constituents in South Dakota would be unpleasantly surprised to find how their senator stands on partial-birth abortion,” Mr. Jaspers said.

Mr. Jaspers’ site says, “Tom Daschle has so completely served the interests of the abortion lobby that he would not even support common-sense legislation to limit it.”

However, Mr. Daschle has announced his support for a ban on partial-birth abortion.

Also targeted is South Carolina Superintendent of Education Inez Tenenbaum, a Democrat running to replace Sen. Ernest F. Hollings, a Democrat who is retiring next year.

Mr. Jaspers’ site calls Mrs. Tenenbaum, “the anti-Christian.”

In fact, she is a Methodist, said campaign spokesman Jim Hammond, adding that Mr. Jaspers’ Web sites are “full of inaccuracies.”

“His attacks are ridiculous and erroneous and will be seen for exactly what they are: politics of personal destruction at its worst,” Mr. Hammond said.

Another Jaspers target is Rep. Brad Carson, Oklahoma Democrat, who is running to replace Sen. Don Nickles, a Republican who retires next year. The charges on the site are “blatantly untrue,” said Carson spokesman Brad Luna.

“Obviously, this Web site … can’t even get their first point correct. Partial-birth abortion is something that Congressman Carson campaigned against,” Mr. Luna said. “He voted in favor of the ban, which is now headed for the president’s desk to be signed into law. This guy obviously has an agenda that isn’t founded on the truth.”

Despite such protests, Mr. Jaspers’ Web sites have many visitors.

“I’ve gotten some pretty awful e-mails,” he said. “They’re usually not very thoughtful.”

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