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Two Liberty Lake residents are upset with Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers after they received this mailer about senior healthcare cutbacks that prominently featured a photograph of a deceased friend. Two Liberty Lake residents are upset with Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers after they received this mailer about senior healthcare cutbacks that prominently featured a photograph of a deceased friend.
LIBERTY LAKE, Wash. -

Two Liberty Lake residents are upset with Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers after they received a mailer about senior healthcare cutbacks that prominently featured a photograph of a deceased friend.

Tim and Bette Brattebo received the mailer last week, which shows Maxine Davidson, a friend of theirs that passed away in January 2013. The photo, they say, was taken a few weeks prior to her death at the Sunshine Health Facilities.

“So here's a flyer protecting us from senior cutbacks,” Tim Brattebo said. “It gives the appearance that [the Congresswoman] is talking to Maxine about this. Well I know she wasn't.”

Brattebo's wife retained power of attorney for Davidson, and they say Congressman McMorris Rodgers did not ask them, or any family for permission to use the photo.

“It doesn't give her a chance to say what she might have said,” Brattebo said. “My thoughts are that the representative could find someone who is known to be supportive of her policies and could verbalize that.”

The couple said Rep. McMorris Rodgers' office apologized for the mistake.

They sent this statement to the Spokesman Review:

There was a breakdown in our standard approval process at the staff level for use of this particular photo. Going forward the office will work to make certain the approval process is enforced which means in order to use a photo appropriate permissions of those featured will be obtained.

 

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