In 2009 and 2013, Rush voters were deceived into thinking they were re-electing a candidate. It wasn’t a mistake. The literature and rulings are clear. The League of Women Voters ruled against the Rush GOP committee both times. The tactic of appointing a candidate, then mis-representing the facts as a “mistake,” violated the Fair Election Practices Campaign.
2009: The illegally downloaded video from YouTube, which was presented as evidence by the Rush G.O.P., failed to be playable in the LWV hearing. The campaign literature attempted to deceive voters. Candidate Riepe wasn’t part of the Rush Town Council as the literature implied.
The committee also issued a ruling on a complaint in the race for Rush Town Council between Dave Sluberski, Rita McCarthy and Cathleen Frank. They found one violation in a mailer that states “Re-elect” Cathleen Frank. The committee ruled the statement inaccurate as she hadn’t previously been elected to the position. They say it will remain a continuing violation unless withdrawn or modified.