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Challenger files complaint against congressman

Democratic contender says funds spent to benefit wife

Posted: June 13, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: June 13, 2012 1:55 a.m.

The Democrat facing Congressman Howard "Buck" McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, in November's general election has filed a formal complaint against the incumbent claiming McKeon used a mailer to help his wife in her bid for a seat in the state Assembly.

The congressman's mailed advertisement, according to Dr. Lee Rogers, informed constituents not to confuse state Assembly candidate Paul Strickland with state Sen. Tony Strickland, neither of whom were running against the congressman.

On June 4, the day before the California primary, Rogers put his concerns in writing and mailed them to the Federal Elections Commission in Washington, alleging the congressman's wife, Patricia McKeon, was helped in her bid for the 38th State Assembly seat with funds generated by her husband, which were used to publish the mailer.

Four days later, commission officials confirmed they received the complaint.

When asked in person Monday about the complaint, McKeon said: "I've heard so many things directed at me over the last few months until I see the complaint in writing I can't make any sort of statement."

Rogers ended up becoming McKeon's opponent in the 25th Congressional District race when he made it through the June 5 primary.

The podiatrist and surgeon garnered 30 percent of the primary vote with 20,117 votes, the second highest number of votes.

The congressman won a little more than half of all votes recorded by the California secretary of state, or 33,653 votes.

According to Rogers, McKeon's wife is not allowed to receive any benefit from her husband during her campaign for the 38th Assembly seat.

Buck violated the law by sending out a campaign mailer intended to clarify that Assembly candidate Paul Strickland was not state Sen. Tony Strickland, according to Rogers. Buck McKeon is not running against a Strickland and such a clarification is unnecessary for his congressional campaign.

"Its purpose was to help Patricia's Assembly race since Paul Strickland is the fortunate recipient of some name-misidentification," he wrote.

Patricia McKeon came in third in the primary and Paul Strickland came in fourth, both failing to make the general election ballot.




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