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Oct. 29, 2013, 10:57 a.m.

De­bate over the fu­ture of the mil­it­ary’s Guantanamo Bay de­ten­tion cen­ter, and the can­did­ates’ past ac­tions re­lated to that base in Cuba, “con­tin­ued to dom­in­ate the race” 8/31.

Ex-Air Force Col. Mor­ris Dav­is, who “was the chief pro­sec­utor there” un­til ‘07, “bashed” ex-Sen. Dan Coats (R) over a TV ad Coats is air­ing in which he says he would op­pose mov­ing de­tain­ees to U.S. soil. His com­plaint: The lob­by­ing firm for which Coats worked for five years also em­ployed two law­yers who rep­res­en­ted de­tain­ees on a pro bono basis — a fact Dav­is says caused the Coats ad to strike him as “the ul­ti­mate hy­po­crisy.”

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On a call ar­ranged by Rep. Brad Ell­s­worth’s (D-08) camp, Dav­is poin­ted to the firm’s ‘09 an­nu­al re­port, which spe­cific­ally men­tions its pro bono work on be­half of six Ye­men nat­ives held in Guantanamo and its ef­forts to have those de­tain­ees tried in the U.S. Ac­cord­ing to Coats spokes­per­son Pete Seat, Coats was not aware the firm was rep­res­ent­ing those de­tain­ees.

Mean­while, the Coats camp “con­tin­ued its cri­ti­cism” of Ell­s­worth, say­ing he brought on a sur­rog­ate to talk about Coats’ lob­by­ing work be­cause he is afraid to ad­dress the is­sue of wheth­er he sup­ports mov­ing those Guantanamo de­tain­ees in­to the U.S.

Ell­s­worth spokes­per­son Liz Far­rar said Ell­s­worth has not re­jec­ted the pos­sib­il­ity of trans­fer­ring some Guantanamo de­tain­ees in­to the U.S. for tri­al. She said he is open to con­sid­er­ing ways to deal with de­tain­ees on a case-by-case basis, as the mil­it­ary says is ap­pro­pri­ate (Brad­ner, Evans­ville Cour­i­er & Press, 9/1).

Coats said Ell­s­worth’s vote in sup­port of clos­ing Guantanamo was “poor judg­ment on his part, and an­oth­er in a long list of votes and de­cisions that pretty much rub­ber-stamped whatever the Obama-Pelosi agenda called for.”

Coats said Ell­s­worth’s cam­paign has mis­rep­res­en­ted his con­nec­tion to the at­tys who worked on be­half of a half-dozen de­tain­ees at Guantanamo. Coats: “This was a ser­vice done by two law­yers out of 800 and some law­yers in of­fices around the coun­try. … I didn’t even know these people were law­yers from King & Spald­ing un­til the oth­er day” (Al­len, South Bend Tribune, 9/1).

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