The Westchester County Fair Campaign Practices Committee issued a mixed ruling in a complaint by former congressional candidate Jim Russell, who ran against Democratic Rep. Nita Lowey in the 18th Congressional District.
Russell complained to the group that Lowey had a mailer delivered to registered Republicans that appeared to be from the Westchester Republican Party, which disowned Russell during the campaign for his past controversial statements.
Russell’s first complaint was that the words “Lowey for Congress” were not readable.
The committee ruled that while the words were upside down, it appeared right-side up relative to the printed recipients address and it was written in 12-point font, an average size for documents.
Russell’s second complaint was that Lowey misled the public when her mailing stated that Russell lost the Westchester County Republicans’ endorsement.
The committee ruled that the mailing did not contain inaccurate or misleading statements.
Russell’s third complaint was that a Lowey mailing intentionally distorted facts and caused voter confusion as to whether Russell’s name would be on the ballot.
The committee ruled that Lowey committed an unfair campaign practice, even though in their opinion her mailing did not distort facts. The committee noted that the mailing might have caused confusion among voters receiving the mailing.