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FORBES JOKINGLY MADE OFFER TO CAST VOTES `FOR THE DEAD’

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A letter in which the late Malcolm Forbes offers jokingly to vote on behalf of the dead for Rudy Boschwitz startled the senator's staffers when it arrived in Boschwitz's office this week.

The letter, written on stationery from Forbes' New York office, was dated Feb. 14 but did not arrive in the Washington, D.C., office until Monday, three days after Forbes died in his sleep at age 70, said Boschwitz's press secretary, Tim Droogsma.Forbes apparently wrote the letter to say he would not be able to appear at a fund-raiser for the Republican senator, Droogsma said. But in a bit of oddly prescient humor, Forbes also referred to the old vote fraud practice of casting the votes of dead people.

"I'm certainly supportive, and if you can locate a tombstone or two for me to vote from, I'll be happy to," Forbes wrote.

Droogsma said the letter elicited a lot of "oohs" in the Boschwitz office.