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Advertising gaff embarrasses candidate

DALLAS, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- An advertising gaff has left a candidate for Texas lieutenant governor a little red faced in his attempt to show support for the war on terrorism.

A photo in Republican David Dewhurst's glossy, four-page layout in November's Texas Monthly magazine was supposed to picture an American military officer standing in front of an American flag, but the officer is a retired German Luftwaffe general in dress uniform.

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The mistake wasn't discovered until the magazine hit newsstands and mailboxes this week, and Dewhurst has declined to talk about the mistake himself.

A campaign aide said it was simply a mistake, The Dallas Morning News reported Friday.

"It was clearly a mistake in graphics and the graphics consultant has been dealt with appropriately," said campaign manager Rob Johnson.

Dewhurst, the state's land commissioner and new Texas homeland security chief, used the picture to accompany copy showing his support for the war on terrorism.

"As chairman of the Governor's Task Force on Homeland Security, David Dewhurst encourages you to support President Bush and the brave men and women of our Armed Forces as they fight to eliminate terrorism and work to restore confidence in our economy," it reads.

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The officer is retired Brig. Gen. Peter Schmitz, Germany's former defense attaché at the embassy in Washington, according to the embassy. He left the post two years ago.

The Dewhurst campaign declined to identify the ad agency that handled the ad.

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