Political opponents accuse each other of lying all the time, but one Oklahoma congressional candidate took his accusation to a new level this week when he claimed his opponent was actually dead and being represented by a body double.
KFOR in Oklahoma reports that Timothy Ray Murray believes Rep. Frank Lucas (R-Okla.), his opponent in the congressional Republican primary, was executed three years ago and is being represented by a look-alike. Because he believes Lucas is really dead, Murray said he will challenge the results of Tuesdayâ€™s Republican primary, in which Murrayreceived 5.2 percent of the vote. Lucas won the primary with 82.8 percent of the vote.
â€œIt is widely known Rep. Frank D. Lucas is no longer alive and has been displayed by a look alike. Rep. Lucasâ€™ look alike was depicted as sentenced on a white stage in southern Ukraine on or about Jan. 11, 2011,â€ Murray said in a statement posted on his campaign website.
â€œI am contesting that this matter has happen [sic] since his election was blocked, because of the U.S. Defense Departmentâ€™s use of Mr. Murrayâ€™s DNA. To my knowledge, the U.S. Defense Department has not released to the public that information, as it is their confidential information about many people,â€ the statement said.
Brian Dean, a spokesman for the Oklahoma State Election Board, told The Huffington Post that Murray had sent the board a copy of the statement posted on his website but had not formally filed a petition asking for a recount or alleging election irregularities. He has until 5 p.m. Friday to do so.
In the statement, Murray, who did not respond to an interview request, also reassured voters that he is not a body-double.
â€œI, Timothy Ray Murray, am a human, born in Oklahoma, and obtained and continue to fully meet the requirements to serve as U.S. Representative when honored to so. I will never use a look alike to replace my (The Officeâ€™s) message to you or to anyone else, as both the other Republican Challengers have,â€ he said.
Lucas, who has served in Congress for the last 20 years, told KFOR that heâ€™s never been to Ukraine.
â€œMany things have been said about me, said to me in the course of all my campaigns. This is the first time Iâ€™ve ever been accused of being a body double or a robot,â€ Lucas said. Lucas also added that Murray ran against him as a Democrat in 2012.