Condon uses Otto Zehm case to unseat Verner in Spokane mayoral race

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by KREM.com & Shawn Chitnis

KREM.com

Posted on October 24, 2011 at 6:08 PM

SPOKANE--Mayoral candidate David Condon is using the Otto Zehm as part of his campaign to unseat Mary Verner.

David Condon says Mayor Verner’s handling of the case is reason for new leadership at City Hall.  He uses newspaper headlines to make his case but leaves out the city’s response since those statements were made by federal prosecutors.

The commercial starts with the endorsement of Tom Keefe, who is the former Spokane County Democratic Party Chief.

“I’m a lifelong Democrat.  But after years of cover-up, deceit and obstruction of justice in the Otto Zehm case, I cannot in good conscience support the re-election of Mayor Mary Verner,” Keefe said in the ad.

The ad cites statements from a newspaper article published in late September.  The headline says “City leaders continue to mislead the public.”  In the ad, it is thrown up on the screen, appearing as the reporting of the paper.  It leaves out that those are the words of federal prosecutors.

To help support Keefe’s endorsement, the advertisement highlights prosecutors calling some of Verner’s statements “patently false.”

Prosecutors did call out Verner for a meeting described in an FAQ sheet released in September.  Prosecutors say that meeting never happened, but the city later clarified that leaders mixed up their dates when mentioning the date of the meeting.

Mayor Verner has yet to comment further on the issue.

Ballots are due on November 8th.

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