LITTLE ROCK (AP) - A gun control group is invoking the 2008 shooting death of Arkansas' Democratic Party chairman with a new television ad questioning Sen. Mark Pryor's vote against expanded background checks.
Pryor is denouncing the ad as "disgusting" and says it politicizes Bill Gwatney's death.
Mayors Against Illegal Guns on Friday began airing the 30-second spot featuring a former employee of the state Democratic Party. The group, co-founded by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, said the spot would air statewide over the next two weeks.
The ad doesn't mention Gwatney, who was gunned down in his office in 2008, but the former employee featured in the ad said in a statement issued by the group that she worked with Gwatney.
Pryor said the measure he voted against wouldn't have prevented Gwatney's death.Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.