Committee: Borgia in violation for mailer accusations about OuthousePosted: 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."