Campaign Ad Raises Eyebrows In Judge Race

Campaign Ad Raises Eyebrows In Judge Race

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The radio ad for Watertown City Judge Cathy Palermo talks about her challenger, defense attorney Tony Neddo, and his 2015 run for district attorney.

"Kristyna Mills gave Tony a whuppin. And remember why? You remember the scuttlebutt," the spot says.

So what does "the scuttlebutt" mean? We asked Judge Palermo.

"That is a reference to something that was an issue in the 2015 race," she said.

She says when Neddo ran for DA, the conflict between representing criminal defendants and his ability to prosecute them made for a lot of scuttlebutt.

"It would be his existing cases, his previous cases, and how that would impact his ability to prosecute those matters," said Palermo.

But doesn't "remember the scuttlebutt" sound a little more salacious than that?

"You know, I thought it was fairly well known that that was an issue in that race," said Palermo.

The judicial campaign ethics handbook tells candidates to maintain dignity when referring to opponents and "avoid misleading the public with mere speculation or innuendo."

Does the radio spot cross the line? No comment from Neddo.

"Well, let the voters decide that in November. I have an opinion but it's not my opinion that matters," said Neddo.

The radio spot began playing Friday on six Watertown stations.

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