Jerid at BSB was, not surprisingly, the first one to report on today’s ruling by the Ohio Elections Commission that Bob Latta “knowingly or recklessly lied about opponent Steve Buehrer?s positions in political flyers.”
But the Toledo Blade just posted some additional info about the Latta v Buehrer fight related, specifically, to Scott Pullins, Latta’s lawyer.
The Ohio Elections Commission unanimously slapped congressional candidate Bob Latta with a reprimand after ruling today that his congressional campaign knowingly or recklessly lied about opponent Steve Buehrer?s positions in political flyers.
Even the Latta campaign?s attorney, Scott Pullins, admitted statements that Mr. Buehrer ?opposed?? prayer in public schools and ?didn?t want?? the Ten Commandments posted were ?misleading,?? a ?cheap shot,?? and a ?political low blow.??
But he argued unsuccessfully that the false statements did not rise to the level of a violation of Ohio election law.
Scott Pullins, attorney for the Latta campaign, stopped just short of issuing an apology.
?It?s not reckless,?? he told the commission. ?Was it misleading? Yes. Was it a cheap shot? Yes. Was it a political low-blow? Yes. Did I want that statement to go out? No. Does the Latta campaign regret making that statement. Yes. But that?s not the standard this commission has to comply.??
Better luck next time.