OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (NBC) - Oklahoma voters will soon have to decide if a unique newspaper ad has any merit or a hidden agenda. John Mantooth, a municipal judge in Lexington, knows that elections can get dirty. Now his family life has been dragged into the picture by his daughter.
"There's no justification for this sort of a personal attack upon me," Mantooth said.
Just a few days before the election, his daughter, Jan Schill, bought a newspaper ad that says: "Do not vote for my dad! John Mantooth is not a good father."
She also created a Web site, DoNotVoteForMyDad.com. The site talks about her father's divorces and previous lawsuits against him.
"This should not have been made a public thing," Mantooth says. "I love my daughter. I want to make peace and that is my goal."
Why did she place the ad? Mantooth points out that his son-in-law, Andrew Schill, used to work for him. However, Andrew left to became law partners with Mantooth's primary opponent in this election, Purcell attorney Greg Dixon.
Dixon says he is not using Mantooth's family problems to help his campaign and says Andrew left his law firm three years ago.
"To try to deflect whatever his family situation may be, to hurt me personally and my family, he'll have to live with that," Dixon says.
Andrew Schill, who now lives in Colorado with Jan, said by phone he and his wife want voters to focus on court cases listed on their Web site that involve Mantooth's professional conduct.
"His experience should be looked at. His record should be looked at," Schill says. "We've scratched the surface. We've provided black and white examples and I think, if the voters look at that, those speak for themselves."