Saturday, June 02, 2001

Deters: Edmondson broke pledge

2-term promise not kept, he says

By Patrick Crowley
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        FORT MITCHELL - Kenton County attorney candidate Eric Deters has accused incumbent Garry Edmondson of breaking a campaign pledge to serve only two terms in office.

        “He lied,” said Mr. Deters, an Independence lawyer challenging Mr. Edmondson in the May 2002 Republican primary. “He broke a campaign pledge.

        “To me, a pledge goes past a promise,” he said. “The No. 1 issue in any election is always trust. And breaking a pledge is the ultimate breach of trust.”

        Mr. Deters has produced a piece of campaign literature Mr. Edmondson used in his first campaign for county office in 1993. Mr. Edmondson won the race that year and was elected to a second term in 1998.

        “To ensure against complacency, Edmondson will seek only two terms as county attorney,” Mr. Edmondson's campaign material states.

        Friday, Mr. Edmondson said he would not respond to Mr. Deters' charges or answer questions about the term limit pledge.

        “There (Mr. Deters) goes again,” Mr. Edmondson said. “That's all I'm going to say about this.”

        The Deters' campaign will continue to use the term limit pledge against Mr. Edmondson, said Hayes Robertson, Mr. Deters' campaign manager.

        “When does Garry Edmondson tell the truth?” Mr. Robertson said.


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