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Latimer and Cohen Lodge Complaints, Get Rulings

The county Fair Campaign Practices Committee found Latimer had engaged in an unfair campaign practice.

 

Complaints about campaign practices in the race to succeed Suzi Oppenheimer as senator for the state District 37 have been lodged by both candidates.

Assemblyman George Latimer filed a complaint against Bob Cohen that a paid television advertisement was "blatantly misleading viewers into believing 'regular' people are offended by his opponent."

The Westchester County Fair Campaign Practices Committee issued no finding.

"The implication of a stage reporter hosting a spontaneous interview as a framework could have been misleading to some; however, the commercial was clearly labeled as a political advertisement," the committee said.

The Cohen campaign complained that the Latimer campaign had told the Journal News on Sept. 28 that it had filed a complaint with the committee regarding alleged unfair campaign practices.

The committee said that it was indeed an unfair campaign practice.

"Mr. [Victor] Mallison [Latimer's campaign manage] admitted that a representative of the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee had contacted the Journal News about the complaint filed with the committee. FCPC rules state that 'News releases concerning the filing of a complaint may come only from the committee. If notice of the filing of a complaint is made public by any other source, the committee will consider the action an unfair campaign practice'," the committee said.

A press release from the committee said it has "no power to compel anyone to stop doing what it has found to be unfair."

The 37th Senate District is comprised of parts of New Rochelle and White Plains, Bedford-Katonah, Harrison, Rye, Port Chester, Larchmont-Mamaroneck and Bronxville-Eastchester.

Judith Darsky October 06, 2012 at 12:16 PM
George Latimer is a person of the HIGHEST INTEGRITY. I have known him for 25 years. He will be a valuable addition to our NY State Senate.
Richard G. Williams October 06, 2012 at 12:36 PM
I have the highest regard for George Latimer. His commitment to community ranks higher than anyone I know.
Tom Murphy October 06, 2012 at 05:15 PM
Why do we even care what a bunch of self appointed fuddy duddies have to say about anything. What they usually end up doing is just getting in the way. Why are a collection of octogenarian know it alls the experts on what it fair? And why do they get to set up their own rules. The public can figure out what is nonsense and what is not without their help.
Cadeyrn October 07, 2012 at 01:27 PM
"Mr. [Victor] Mallison [Latimer's campaign manage] admitted that a representative of the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee had contacted the Journal News about the complaint filed with the committee. FCPC rules state that 'News releases concerning the filing of a complaint may come only from the committee. If notice of the filing of a complaint is made public by any other source, the committee will consider the action an unfair campaign practice'," Latimer bent the rules. As usual.

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