Terri Schiavo’s Former Husband Michael Campaigned for Losing Candidates

Bioethics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 1, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
November 10
, 2006

Springfield, FL (LifeNews.com) — After he successfully won a court order to kill Terri Schiavo via euthanasia, the disabled woman’s former husband Michael pledged to take on pro-life advocates and formed a political action committee to defeat them. However, the candidates Michael campaigned for during the 2006 mid-term elections didn’t fare very well.

In fact, every candidate Michael personally campaigned for during the election cycle went down to defeat.

Michael traveled to Colorado twice to campaign against pro-life Rep. Marilyn Musgrave, a Colorado congresswoman. He even attended a late October debate between Musgrave and her opponent and shouted at her when the event concluded.

But his efforts failed as Musgrave defeated her opponent, pro-abortion state Rep. Angie Paccione, a candidate Michael endorsed.

Meanwhile, Michael traveled to Colorado in July to host a fundraiser for Congressional candidate Peggy Lamm, who proceeded to lose her Democratic primary the next month.

Michael Schiavo didn’t fare too well in Connecticut either, where he campaigned for Greenwich businessman Ned Lamont. On Tuesday, Lamont lost his bid to replace Democratic Sen. Joe Lieberman.

Lieberman has also voted for a Congressional bill that said federal courts should review the lawsuit Terri’s parents filed to stop Michael from killing her.

Finally, Michael was unable to rally support for a candidate in his home state of Florida.

He backed Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jim Davis, saying he was one of the few politicians who "stood up and acted with conviction…. He stood up not just for me and not just for Terri but for every American."

Davis and Schiavo developed a bond after Terri’s death as he called Michael to support him.

Michael’s support, however, didn’t give Davis enough votes on election night as he lost by a 52-45 percent margin to Charlie Crist.

The defeats probably won’t faze Michael, who said during the elections he would do whatever was necessary to target pro-life lawmakers who sided with Terri’s parents.

Schiavo said that, while Terri’s family works to make sure the disabled and elderly get proper medical care, he will do anything necessary to go after pro-life lawmakers who voted for the bill to support them and back candidates who think assisted suicide and euthanasia is okay.

"I will go as far as I need to go," Schiavo said.

He indicated he will campaign for candidates in other states and likely speak out about the 2008 presidential elections.

Terri spent 15 years in a minimally conscious state, although she was able to communicate in a limited manner with her parents and others. After years of court battles, Michael won the right to kill her via euthanasia and told doctors to remove the feeding tube that provided her with food and water.

Terri died on March 31, 2005 after a painful 13-day starvation and dehydration death.

Related web sites:
Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation – https://www.terrisfight.org