YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – One of the candidates in next month’s Democratic primary for Mahoning County probate judge says he can’t understand all the controversy over his use of a 20-year-old quote in his campaign material.
Chris Sammarone met reporters Wednesday afternoon to respond to claims that one of his campaign flyers was misleading.
The flyer includes a partial statement about Sammarone made by Jim Tressel in 1994 when Tressel was YSU’s football coach. The advertisement refers to Sammarone as “a leader.” Sammarone admits the line is about 20 years old and was printed in a local newspaper when he was still playing for Tressel, but the campaign material makes no mention of that.
When asked why he simply didn’t add an extra line showing when the quote was made, Sammarone said it was a money issue.
“Being involved in the media, you understand that there are costs associated with every advertisement that you do,” said Sammarone. “When I prepare an advertisement, it is important to give the voters the most important things and understanding.”
One of those criticizing the flyer is Sammarone’s opponent Susan Maruca. She said there are specific rules in place for judicial candidates requiring them to avoid any sort of misleading campaign material.
“I didn’t ask for his endorsement, so why the word endorsement is being used is beyond me,” said Sammarone. “My literature doesn’t state that he endorses me, so this is all again a smoke screen that has been created by David Betras and his candidate.”
Sammarone argues Maruca is simply trying to divert attention away from his experience and qualifications.