I've reprinted excerpts below, but please read the full article with photo at - http://www.freep.com/news/politics/ram15_20040515.htm ODD CAMPAIGN IN NORTHERN MICHIGAN: JonBenet shadows father's run for office BY SHAWN WINDSOR FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER May 15, 2004 CHARLEVOIX -- Nothing is ordinary about the race for the state Legislature's 105th House District in northern Michigan, where candidates don't often need the services of stylish Russian makeup artists or hip, muscled security guards. Nor are 105th District candidates typically followed by CNN satellite trucks, called by the national tabloids, or in need of hotshot campaign managers like John Yob, whose resume was built running campaigns for bigger offices than state representative. And, certainly, candidates aren't accustomed to campaign speeches starting with references to a slain 6-year-old girl .... ------ .... "Like it or not, I've been given a platform," Ramsey said. It's his mantra, and he was repeating it often this week. ------ .... Even hot dogs and red, white and blue sweaters, flags, buttons and banners couldn't stave off the past. At the announcement rally Tuesday evening, where about 100 friends and supporters gathered in front of Ramsey's strip-mall campaign headquarters near Charlevoix, a man and a woman paced the perimeter sidewalk holding black umbrellas. Under warm blue skies, the party-crashers shouted. "Wake up people," said the woman. She twirled her umbrella. Its top edges held a handwritten message: "They are suspects." She wouldn't identify herself, saying only that she knew the truth and that groups were aghast at the Ramsey campaign. "Stick your umbrella where the sun don't shine," a Ramsey supporter said. "Go back to Ann Arbor where they put up with that stuff." The protesters were from Charlevoix .... ------ .... Haggard said he thought if Ramsey got to Lansing he'd help northwest Michigan. State Rep. Ken Bradstreet, R-Gaylord, isn't so sure. He holds the 105th District seat but can't run again because of term limits. He said last month that he'd support a conservative Democrat in November's general election if Ramsey wins the August primary. "I've read two full-length books about the case and hundreds of ancillary materials," he said. "The more I read, the less comfortable I am with his candidacy." Six Republicans are running in the primary -- Ramsey, Jack Apol of Charlevoix, Jeff Garfield of Gaylord, Bonnie Notoff of Kewadin, Craig Ryan of Gaylord and Kevin Elsenheimer of Bellaire .... ------ Contact SHAWN WINDSOR at 313-222-6487 or email@example.com Copyright © 2004 Detroit Free Press Inc.