Friday, February 10, 2012

Milwaukee County Supervisor West Facing Alleged Ethics Complaint For Using County Time To Benefit Campaign

Supervisor West is accused by challenger of using County staff and vehicles to promote her re-election campaign.

By H. Nelson Goodson
February 10, 2012

Milwaukee- On Friday, Sylvia Ortiz, candidate for 12th Milwaukee County Supervisor District announced she will file an ethics complaint that could possibily result in criminal charges against current Supervisor Peggy Romo West. Ortiz is claiming that there is clear evidence, that West used County staff and vehicles to campaign, "also campaigning on her Campaign Facebook during standing committee meetings," and that an election staff worker from the Milwaukee County Election Commission took from the election office, a first bach of West's nomination papers home. The election commission staffer later notified West she didn't have sufficient signatures.
Ortiz stated, "I am outraged that Supervisor Peggy Romo West would use County staff and property to influence and gain unlawful advantages! The fact that she is on Facebook while serving on committees and legislation shows her lack of attention to her district."
Supervisor West's Twitter account is no longer in public view and secured her tweets, Facebook still active after allegations of illegal acts were raised by Ortiz. West has admitted to tweeting and posting while on the clock with County business, but doesn't believe she did anything illegal. She has restricted and blocked Ortiz and others not considered friends from viewing her Facebook postings.
Ortiz plans to release West's compiled documents, postings in social media and photos showing West with campaign t-shirt seating inside a Milwaukee County vehicle at a press conference on Monday. Ortiz will also request the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office to review West actions and documents detailing her postings for possible infractions of the law while in office.
A press conference is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 13, 2012, outside the County Ethics Board Room 212 at 10:30 a.m., according to Ortiz's news release.

Supervisor West protected her tweets from public view after allegations were raised of using County time to tweet during committee meetings. West says, she was letting constituents know what was happening at meetings. Now more than 40,000 constituents in the 12th district are left in the dark, except 100 of them who actually follow West.

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1 comment:

Miguel Vega said...

Sounds like this Sylvia Oritz does want to do the regular leg work a prespective politician should do and would rather use the all too often and over used mudslinging technique.

In my opinion if these are the techniques she uses as political tactics than what other tactics would Ortiz use if selected to be in office???