Weaver/Lewis Discuss Accusations of Political "Mudslinging"

Last Friday, Sept. 1, 2006, Lewis discussed accusations he says supporters of Weaver are making against him.

On Sept. 5, 2006, Weaver said he had nothing to do with those allegations.

Lewis said supporters of Col. Weaver are questioning his military career.

"When asked to condemn these orchestrated efforts to slander my record, my opponent dismissed it saying politics is a tough business", Congressman Lewis said.

Lewis said he tried to serve his country and was declared medically unfit to be in the military.

In response, Colonel Weaver held a similar media briefing. He says he doesn't care what Lewis' military service is, he cares about what Lewis is going to do for veterans.

"I cannot go out and protect Ron Lewis, that is not my job. If somebody questions his military status, how much time he spent in the military, when he went in, how long he stayed, if they are not happy with that and if they want to criticize that it's not up to me to police that", Weaver said.

Lewis says another issue that's reaching the surface of the campaign is the fact that he temporarily hired his wife. He says she filled a void after his campaign director was promoted, and she was paid an equal amount of $50,000 a year.

He says her employment was legally approved and disclosed to the Election Commission.

"We got from some very reliable sources that was going to be the next attack", Lewis said.

Colonel Weaver says he has no idea where that accusation is from.

"If he feels badly about employing his wife in his campaign and spending $71,000 of campaign money then that's for him to explain, it's not for me", Weaver said.

As these two candidates stay on the campaign trail they both say they want to focus on the issues that are important to their constituents.

Colonel Weaver said he has accepted four invitations to debate the Congressman.

Last Friday Congressman Lewis said his campaign is taking each formal invitation to a debate into consideration.

To view the press release concerning Weaver's statement on Lewis charges click here


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