June 7, 2008

Chappell denies accusation that he's supporting Blake's campaign

York County Councilman Curwood Chappell responded Friday to charges made by his opponent in next week's primary, saying he hasn't given fellow Councilman Roy Blake anything -- not money or advice.

Chappell, who represents District 5, told The Herald that recent comments by Ashley Martin, his opponent in Tuesday's primary, about supporting Blake are false. Blake filed a lawsuit earlier this week stemming from Martin's comments at a June 1 forum.

"I want you to make plain to the public, I've made no contributions to Roy Blake," Chappell said. "Not one red cent. Not one piece of advice. Not one bit."

Blake, who represents District 4, is suing Republican council hopeful Martin for $100,000. Blake alleges that Martin's statements about Blake during a forum at the Freedom Center accused him of filing false campaign finance information with the State Ethics Commission.

The lawsuit alleges that Martin knew that statements about Chappell funding Blake's campaigns were false and that she pulled earlier campaign literature with similar statements from circulation.

Blake also has denied receiving money from Chappell. If he had received money from Chappell, Blake says, it would have been reported on forms given to the State Ethics Commission.

Blake's attorney, Chad McGowan, said Blake's more interested in having his name cleared than in the $100,000 asked for in the lawsuit. McGowan said that if Martin retracts her statements, the lawsuit would be dropped. That's something she hadn't done as of Friday, he said.

Martin said the lawsuit will be resolved quickly because it "has nothing to stand on."

"I believe it's a ridiculous accusation," Martin said. "Nothing was directed toward Roy Blake. I'm not running against him."

Blake is in his second term as the District 4 council representative. He faces William "Bump" Roddey and Gwendolyn Conner in the Democratic primary Tuesday. Martin is opposing 16-year incumbent Chappell in the Republican race for the District 5 seat.

Chappell claims "Al Capones" in the Republican and Democratic parties have misled Martin with untrue information. He declined to elaborate on the identity of these people.

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