Jackson goes negative in Pinellas school board race
It's the last few days before Tuesday's primary and it's getting ugly in the District 1 race for Pinellas County School Board.
Jim Jackson has put out robo-calls accusing Elliott Stern's campaign of using a "shadowy group" to skirt campaign finance restrictions and saying that his mailers and television ads violate election law. The call is based on two recent elections complaints against Stern, the merits of which haven't been determined by the Florida Elections Commission in Tallahassee. (See our story about the first election complaint here and a blog item about the second here.)
The robo-call is as follows:
"Know the facts about Elliott Stern. Stern's campaign treasurer used a shadowy group to funnel $20,000 on his behalf - 40 times the limit she could have legally given him. Pro-Stern group sent mailers that allegedly violate Florida laws and Elliott Stern's TV ads violate election laws too. If this is the example Elliott Stern sets for our children then we can't afford Elliott Stern on our school board."
Stern said he believes Jackson's campaign is behind the elections complaints against him - note in the blog item linked to above that Jackson said he knows the people behind the complaints but declined to name them. Jackson said he wasn't personally involved. Stern called the complaints "baloney."
"We violated no laws. I had nothing to do with what the PAC did - how, when or where," he said.
Keep in mind that the merits of the elections complaints likely won't be settled until after Tuesday's primary. Complaints are confidential until they've been investigated. But the person making the complaint can make them public.