Updated 10/02/2012 10:07 PM
Fair Election Committee Rules Against Slaughter
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The ad by Slaughter's campaign makes some serious allegations, but the Fair Election Practices Committee ruled that the claim that $423 million was "a cost to Monroe County taxpayers" is inaccurate and overstated. The committee says Slaughter violated the Fair Election pledge.
“It's very misleading to voters and now voters know the truth – she's lying," said Maggie Brooks, Monroe County Executive and Congressional candidate.
Republican challenger Maggie Brooks says the ad unfairly blamed her for spending that took place before she took office.
"There was the unfounded premise that an audit is a scandal and it's not. Some of the figures quoted were overstated and inflated," Brooks said.
But the Slaughter campaign isn't budging.
"We stand by our assertion that when a contract is obtained through a corrupt process, that entire contract should be called a scandal," said Eric Walker of the Slaughter campaign.
Tensions were definitely high leaving the meeting, as Louise Slaughter's campaign representative maintained they're going to continue to run the ad.
"Whether it's tens of millions of dollars like the Brooks' campaign says or hundreds of millions like we say, Maggie has left the taxpayers on the hook for her corruption," Walker said.
The Brooks campaign says it hasn't decided if the ruling will be included in a new ad against Slaughter. For some voters, the back and forth is becoming too much.
"I'm tired of it, it happens at local, state, federal it's just sickening," said one.
"It makes it very difficult to make an educated decision on voting in this election," said another. "It's been difficult to do your research, absolutely."