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by JERRY L. GLEASON, Of The Patriot-News
Thursday April 17, 2008, 2:53 PM.
Legislative candidate Lowell Gates says someone is making calls to voters in the 88th District and giving inaccurate information about him. The caller, who isn't identified, suggests incorrectly that Gates' campaign for state representative from the district is being financed by "a liberal Philadelphia law firm," that Gates "has been bought off to stop government reform" and that his campaign is getting major financial support from former Cumberland County Commissioner Bruce Barclay. "Smear tactics like this are exactly the reason people don't run for office," Gates said. He has asked the Cumberland County district attorney's office and the county election's office to investigate the calls. Gates said he has received a $1,000 contribution from Barclay, who resigned as county commissioner this month after being accused of rape. Police have charged his accuser with making a false accusation. Gates is one of seven Republican candidates for the 88th District state House. The others are Sheryl Delozier, Matthew Seagrist, Bill Cornell, Jeffrey Banzhoff, Mike Hancock and Ian Hayes. The winner in Tuesday's primary election will face Democrat Margie Stuski in the November election. The 88th District includes Lower Allen, Monroe and Upper Allen townships; Lemoyne, Mechanicsburg, New Cumberland, and Shiremanstown boroughs and part of Wormleysburg. JERRY L. GLEASON: 717-255-8424 or email@example.com