Committee: Borgia in violation for mailer accusations about Outhouse

Posted: Updated:

The Westchester County Fair Campaign Practices Committee found Legislator Catherine Borgia in violation of a committee rule to never engage in or be involved in false or misleading attacks upon the character of an opponent.

At a July 10 forum in Larchmont, Borgia accused challenger Robert Outhouse of sending out racist mailers.

"There was a mailer sent out against me saying I wanted to let brown people in to rape our white daughters,” she said.

Outhouse, who is trying to unseat Borgia in District 9, says it’s all fiction.

"The mailer that was depicted in the video, it never existed,” says Outhouse, who says he keeps a binder of every mailer he's ever sent out.

Outhouse accused Borgia of fear mongering in his complaint to the Westchester County Fair Campaign Practices Committee.

“This is basically race-baiting a campaign to win an election,” he says.

The committee found Borgia's campaign practices unfair and stated there was no proof that any such mailer every existed.

News 12 reached out to Borgia several times asking whether or not the mailer existed. She issued a statement to News 12 via Facebook Messenger: "There was a coordinated negative campaign statewide waged by the NYS Republican party against Dem candidates in 2017 that focused on using immigration to generate fear. There were Willie Horton-like pieces. I was saying the State Republican Party used fear-based innuendo in their coordinated mailings in the last cycle. And that we should expect that again this election season. I was speaking to Indivisible Westchester along with my BOL colleagues and other Dem candidates."

When News 12 asked her response to the ruling that "no proof that any such mailer ever existed or was ever sent," she said she'd "like to stick to my statements above."

 

 

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."