Hopkins: "Blue Star Symbolizes My Service"

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Attorney general candidate Al Hopkins has removed a blue star from the top of his Web site after lawyers for the Dallas Cowboys football team contacted his campaign several days ago.

Hopkins' campaign manager, Michael Luethy, said the star that appeared at the top of the site was removed in a good faith effort. He said the Cowboys did not threaten legal action.

Luethy said the Cowboys never sent a letter formally requesting the logo's removal.

Hopkins, a retired major general with the Mississippi National Guard, is the Republican hoping to unseat Democrat Jim Hood. The general election is Nov. 6.

In Meridian Monday evening, Hopkins said the star is an emblem symbolizing his Air Force service, and that Hood is just trying to distract from the real issues. Hopkins said the star will continue to be used in campaign materials.

Hood's campaign manager, Jonathan Compretta, said Hood's staffers tipped the team off about the logo. An attorney for the Cowboys would not comment.


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