Garrison, Johnson spar over congressman’s mail

WASHINGTON (WKBN) – Getting mail from a political candidate around election time is nothing out of the ordinary.

But this week, House of Representatives candidate Jennifer Garrison is alleging that some fliers sent by Congressman Bill Johnson are against House rules, while Johnson’s campaign spokesperson denies those allegations.

House of Representatives candidate Jennifer Garrison filed a complaint with the House Administration Committee Monday alleging that Johnson violated that committee’s rules by sending fliers to members of the district he represents within 90 days of the election.

“For a man who believes that we need to get a hold of our finances, he certainly doesn’t have any trouble promoting himself,” Garrison said.

Garrison said her campaign is asking for an investigation into the mail and hopes to hear back from the committee on Friday, Oct. 24.

Garrison said the fliers sent by Johnson violate the 90-day rule, “unless the quantity mailed was less than 500,” according to the letter she sent to the House committee.

Mark Weaver, a spokesman for Bill Johnson’s campaign, said that there were less than 500 of the fliers sent.

“It’s like the speed limit, if you’re driving 54, it’s legal, if you’re driving 56, it’s illegal,” Weaver said. “The line has to be drawn somewhere.”

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