Fallen Libyan Ambassador’s Father: Would Be ‘Abhorrent’ To Turn Death Into Campaign Issue

Ambassador's Father: Would Be 'Abhorrent' To Turn Death Into Campaign Issue

Jan Stevens — father of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens, who was recently killed in Libya — argued against the politicization of his son’s death. It would be a “real shame” to do so, he said.

“It would really be abhorrent to make this into a campaign issue,” he told Bloomberg, adding that politicians shouldn’t make conclusions about the incident until the investigation is complete.

Per the report:

“The security matters are being adequately investigated,” Stevens said. “We don’t pretend to be experts in security. It has to be objectively examined. That’s where it belongs. It does not belong in the campaign arena.” Stevens said he has been getting briefings from the State Department on the progress of the investigation.

Stevens further spoke about his son’s support for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, noting, “He felt she was an extremely able person.” In terms of any need for additional security or protection, Stevens said he and his son didn’t speak about those issues — but also that he never had “a critical word about the State Department or the administration, or any administration for that matter. He came up through the foreign service, not politics.”

Not aiming criticism toward any specific candidate, Stevens reiterated against the politicization of his son’s death.

“I’m not sure exactly what he’s been saying and not saying, but our position is it would be a real shame if this were politicized,” Stevens said, referring to Romney. “Our concern now is memorializing Chris and remembering his contribution to the country.”

As for his own politics, the story notes that while Stevens is a registered Democrat, he said he isn’t politically active — and declined to say who he’s voting for.

Read the full story over at Bloomberg.

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