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Hill campaign stands by ad's accuracy

Hill campaign stands by ad's accuracy

by Joe Arnold

WHAS11.com

Posted on September 20, 2010 at 8:54 PM

The Baron Hill campaign is taking exception to my blog post  to my blog post and a WHAS11 News story regarding their latest commercial and whether Republican opponent Todd Young has misled voters about his position as a deputy prosecutor in Orange County.

Both my post and a separate story on Friday pointed out that the ad declares that Young is "Not a Full-Time Deputy Prosecutor" despite Young never having claimed to be a "full-time deputy prosecutor."

Hill's campaign points out that because Young's campaign materials describe him as a "deputy prosecutor" without any qualifiers such as "part-time," that he is misleading voters:

These claims certainly indicate that his employment there has been full time.  Young has claimed to be a "Deputy Prosecutor" time and time again.  He regularly fails to mention that this work has been sporadic at best.  This clearly gives an impression that his work is substantially more than part time.  Despite this evidence, your story says that our campaign "incorrectly implies that Young has claimed to be a full-time deputy prosecutor."  Young's varied public statements clearly make this implication. 

This is an entirely subjective exercise. While Young is, in fact, a sworn deputy prosecutor in Orange County, the question here is, does Young have an obligation to clarify that his actual work history is as more of a "fill-in" deputy prosecutor?

What do you think?  Leave your comments below, and/or contact me at jarnold@whas11.com

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