Thursday, October 26, 2006

Phillips urges stations to take down Stewart’s false ad

ATHENS, Ohio -- Debbie Phillips today urged Time Warner Communications to stop airing false advertising from Republican incumbent state Rep. Jimmy Stewart.

The ad falsely accuses Debbie Phillips, an Athens city councilwoman, of committing a crime by supporting a change in a city collective bargaining agreement. At most, Phillips said, the recent city council dispute amounted to a disagreement about the process to make the change.

“Jimmy Stewart is desperate,” Phillips said. “It’s obvious he will do or say anything to get re-elected -- including falsely accusing me of a crime. In addition to the ad, he has mailed at least three pieces of mail on this topic in the last week, calling the city employees a ‘special interest group.’”

“It’s easy to see why Jimmy Stewart doesn’t want to talk about the issues. Just look at his record. The Jimmy Stewart/Bob Taft track record is lost jobs, higher taxes and scandals that have given the Buckeye State a black eye,” Phillips said.

“Jimmy Stewart knows voters have had enough. He knows voters desperately want a state representative willing to work with Ted Strickland to turn around Ohio,” Phillips said. “Stewart knows Ted Strickland has endorsed my campaign, and that’s why he’s mudslinging right now. He doesn’t want voters to know the truth.”

A copy of the letter to Time Warner is attached.
Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2006

Laura Lee
Time Warner Communications
Advertising Sales
580 North Fourth Street, Suite 350
Columbus OH 43215

Dear Ms. Lee:

I am contacting you to urge you to cease broadcasting false advertising purchased on your cable system by either the Jimmy Stewart for state representative campaign or the Ohio House Republican Campaign Committee.

The ad now airing on your cable system falsely claims that “Phillips also broke the law playing politics with a union contract.”

The words “also broke the law,” in the context of the full ad, leads your viewers to a single, unmistakable – and absolutely false – conclusion: That my recent work along with other Athens City Council members on a collective bargaining agreement somehow constituted illegal activity.

This is absolutely untrue. No one – not even the fiercest critics of the way city council handled our collective bargaining agreement with city employees – could remotely argue this is a criminal matter of any kind. At best, the matter the ad refers to was a healthy disagreement among elected officials about the proper way to go about revising a collective bargaining agreement. There is not even a civil action associated with this matter, nor even a suggestion of an investigation.

Your company needs to consider whether it is exposing itself legally by continuing to broadcast this absolutely false negative attack ad. You should know that I have retained legal counsel and I continue to weigh the options available to me.

Please let me know your decision in this matter. I can be reached at (740) 593-8301.

Sincerely,

Debbie Phillips
Candidate for state representative
92nd House District

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