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Candidate Decries ‘Dirty Tricks’

April 8, 2002

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) _ GOP congressional candidate Roy Brown accused a primary opponent of negative campaigning Monday, saying the complaint his rival filed against his newspaper group citing unfair campaign coverage is ``dirty-tricks politics.″

``He’s chosen to run an agenda of stunts and dirty-tricks politics,″ Brown said at a candidate’s forum that drew about 200 people. ``It won’t work. It’s not the kind of leadership the voters of the 3rd District want and they’re tired of it.″

On Thursday, Mike Turner’s campaign filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission. It alleged that 66 of 70 stories on the race that appeared in Brown Publishing Co.’s eight weekly newspapers in the western Ohio district Jan. 19 through March 14 were about or for the benefit of Brown, the company president. Only one article was favorable to Turner, the complaint said.

Turner campaign attorney John Chambers said Brown had violated an FEC rule that requires newspapers to give ``reasonably equal coverage to all opposing candidates.″

The Brown campaign said it had not told Brown newspapers how to cover the race for the May 7 primary.

Turner, former mayor of Dayton, also was at Monday’s forum but did not mention the FEC complaint.

Turner, Brown and Gregory Hunter are seeking their party’s nomination for the seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Tony Hall, who has been nominated to be the Rome-based U.S. ambassador to the United Nations’ food and agriculture agencies.

Brown Publishing has eight weeklies and two dailies in the district, which includes Dayton.

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