Family requests mourners donate to Obama’s 2012 challenger

The family of a Georgia man who died last week has requested that in lieu of flowers, mourners donate to the candidate running against President Obama in 2012.

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In an obituary notice for Donald Charles Unsworth, 78, in the Rome, Ga., News-Tribune, the family of the deceased “respectfully requests that donations be sent to the American Cancer Society or to the campaign of who ever [sic] is running against President Barack Obama in 2012.”

The field of possible challengers to Obama is wide open.

Republican National Committee (RNC) spokesman Doug Heye told The Hill that the RNC has yet to establish a dedicated 2012 presidential campaign fund. “Any funds raised [now] are devoted to firing [House Speaker] Nancy Pelosi [D-Calif.] in November,” he said.

A number of potential candidates, including former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, have launched political action committees that could be folded into presidential campaign war chests.