Heated Debate Ongoing In Martin County Judge-Executive Race


Did Congressman Hal Rogers endorse a candidate for Martin County Judge-Executive's race? It's a question the two candidates are arguing.

Judge-Executive Candidate Tim Robinson mailed out a flyer to voters saying Rogers endorsed him, but Incumbent Kelly Callaham says it's not true.

Republican Martin County Judge-Executive Candidate Tim Robinson says he's been friends with Congressman Hal Rogers for 14 years and says Rogers is backing him to win the election.

"He supports us, we support him, he's behind us, we're behind him," said Robinson.

But Incumbent Democrat Judge-Executive Kelly Callaham says he was surprised to see a flyer with a picture of Robinson and Rogers together and a letter supposedly from Rogers asking people to vote for Robinson.

"It's deception! Trying to deceive the people, making them believe Hal Rogers is fully endorsing him and Hal's not. Hal don't do that," Callaham said.

Callaham says he's had a good relationship with the congressman in his nine years as judge-executive, so he says he went straight to Rogers.

"Went and talked with him and he assured me that he did not write this, say this, or authorize this," Callaham said.

Robinson wouldn't tell us who wrote the letter on the flyer, but he says it's true and Callaham is wrong.

"This is his last effort to discredit our campaign," Robinson said.

The flyer doesn't include a disclaimer saying who paid for the campaign advertisement even though state law says that's required on campaign ads like this one.

"But this was left off intentionally to make it look like Hal Rogers paid for it," said Callaham.

"If it wasn't on there, it was an oversight," Robinson said.

Putting the alleged endorsement aside, both men say they want to be elected so they can work with Congressman Rogers to make Martin County better.

If you suspect voter fraud of any kind, you can call the Kentucky Voter Fraud Hotline at 1-800-328-VOTE (800-328-8683).


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