Friday, February 13, 2009
Fair Accuses Opponent of Electioneering
Keith Fair, candidate for Alderman of the 1st. District, said today that he is exploring the possibility of filing charges against Alderman Jeff Coe for electioneering. Fair said that Coe, who votes on funds that the city allocates to Neighborhood Housing Services, is “shaking down the non-profit group” for an endorsement.
Fair says that the federal Hatch Act prohibits agencies that receive federal funds from a municipality can not endorse an official authority or influence to interfere with or affect the results of an election or nomination.
Fair said in Coe’s mailing to voters, Racheal Westegren an NHS Community Builder said, “The District is really lucky to have Jeff Coe as their Alderman.” Fair stated that he is concerned what might happen to NHS funding if Coe had not received the endorsement. “We can not allow the Rod Blagojevich Chicago style “Pay to Play” politics to creep into Racine,” explained Fair.
Read an additional story in the Racine Journal Times