News release from the Henry for Mayor campaign, sent at 1:56 pm:
Henry campaign calls on TV stations to stop running false and inaccurate Hughes spot
Today, Tom Henry for Mayor campaign manager Justin Schall, sent the following letter to all Fort Wayne television station managers, calling on them to stop running Paula Hughes’s advertisement until she corrects blatant factual inaccuracies in the spot.
The Henry campaign hopes that for the sake of an open and honest discussion, the Hughes campaign will voluntarily stop running this ad until they can submit a corrected version. The letter, as well as factual documentation of the false statements in the ad, are attached and below:
September 19, 2011
Dear Station Manager,
I am writing this letter to inform you that the current television ad being run by Paula Hughes on your station contains false information.
Paula Hughes is entitled to her own opinions but not her own facts. In her ad she makes two inaccurate charges against the mayor – charges that are easily disproven by publicly available information. First, her ad overstates job losses in the City of Fort Wayne by more than 450%. Second, by her own admission, her claims about the size of the city’s debt are overstated by at least $88 million. Attached you will find full documentation laying out the facts.
We are asking you to take this ad off the air until the Hughes campaign corrects these factual errors. It is simply unacceptable for a candidate running for mayor to make claims that are so blatantly false.
As a public trustee of our airwaves I am sure that take your obligation to ensure that advertisements run on your station are fair and accurate very seriously. The Henry campaign has thoroughly documented every claim in our own ads. I ask that you hold the Hughes campaign to the same scrutiny. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.
CC: Neil P. Reiff
Sandler, Reiff, Young & Lamb, P.C.
Attorney for the Indiana State Democratic Party