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Justice mailing raises eyebrows




At least a few Gulfport residents received a mailing from state Sen. Charlie Justice's office about amendments in the Nov. 2 election

But their neighborhood isn't in Justice's district. It is, however, part of congressional District 10 -- where Justice is running to unseat U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young, a Republican from Indian Shores.

Given the Senate's prohibitions against mass mailings, the mailing flummoxed one recipient.

Justice says it was an error, and the mailing -- which included a stamped envelope, not a bulk mail permit label -- got outside his district by less than 100 homes. He did not immediately have a count for the entire mailing. Staffers often take names of people, and those must have ended up on the mailing list by "mistake," said Justice, who noted his office returned $13,000 in office expense funding to the state this year.

"We're not talking about 20 people in our office doing a mailing. We're talking about a secretary" dealing with constituents, Justice said.



[Last modified: Wednesday, October 6, 2010 4:59pm]


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