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.