BREAKING: Scott Brown Files Complaint Against Dem Party- CLAIMS DEFAMATION …Update: Penalty is $1,000 or Up to 6 Mos. in Jail
This email was sent out earlier from the Scott Brown Campaign:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: CONTACT: Felix Browne
January 16, 2010
MEDIA ADVISORY FOR TODAY
Dan Winslow, counsel for the Scott Brown for U.S. Senate campaign, will hold a media availability to announce the filing of a criminal complaint against the Massachusetts Democratic Party regarding a recent mailing paid for and sent by the Massachusetts Democratic Party. Winslow will make a statement and take reporters’ questions at MassGOP Headquarters in Boston TODAY at 4:00 PM.
Massachusetts GOP Headquarters
85 Merrimac Street, 4th Floor
Scott Brown filed this complaint against the SEIU in December.
FOX News Boston reported:
BOSTON – Republican Senate hopeful Scott Brown has filed a complaint with the State Ethics Commission after a report that a union backing rival Martha Coakley used state resources to urge workers to volunteer for Coakley’s campaign.
The report by FOX25 said the Service Employees International Union used state computers and e-mail addresses to direct state employees to volunteer for Coakley, the Democratic state attorney general.
Republican Scott Brown charged Saturday that a Democratic mailing against his U.S. Senate campaign violates a Massachusetts law prohibiting false statements against a political candidate.
The cover of a four-page mailer sent by the Massachusetts Democratic Party says, “1,736 women were raped in Massachusetts in 2008. Scott Brown wants hospitals to turn them all away.”
Brown is a state senator, and in 2005 he filed an amendment that would have allowed workers at religious hospitals or with firmly held religious beliefs to avoid giving emergency contraception to rape victims. The amendment failed, and Brown voted in favor of a bill allowing the contraception. He also voted to override a veto issued by his fellow Republican, then-Gov. Mitt Romney.
UPDATE: The penalty is $1,000 or up to 6 months in jail.
A section of the Massachusetts General Laws prohibits false statements against political candidates that are designed or tend “to aid or to injure or defeat such candidate,” with a penalty of to $1,000 fine and up to six months in prison.
Brown campaign legal counsel Daniel Winslow said, “People can shade things and spin things, but it has to have some kernel of truth.”
Brown is locked in a dead heat with Democrat Martha Coakley, the state’s attorney general, in the race to succeed the late Sen. Edward Kennedy. Independent Joseph L. Kennedy, who is not related to the famed Kennedy family, is also on Tuesday’s ballot.
Winslow called on the Democratic Party and the Coakley campaign to disavow the mailer’s claim. The Brown campaign plans to wait until Tuesday, the next business day, before seeking a legal remedy, he said.
UPDATE: Here’s the video from the press conference this afternoon.
UPDATE: From a contact in Massachusetts:
I went to the Brown Express event in Middleboro, Massachusetts. I talked to a couple of staffers. I was hoping to come back & give you something but you beat me to it . LOL You got it faster than I who was there…
BTW about 300 to 400 at the event