Gabor: Scott McCoy is a 'liar'
The political temperature of the race for the new 10th State Representative district went from tepid to boiling today following a fiery press release from candidate Scott McCoy.
In the press release McCoy, condemns Brian Gabor, one of his political opponents, and the Watseka/Iroquois County Tea Party.
In the press release McCoy accuses Gabor during his tenure on the Pontiac City Council of remaining silent as the then-mayor attempted to give himself a 600 percent pay increase to ratchet up his taxpayer-funded government pension.
Gabor, this morning in an exclusive interview with the Woodford Times, responded to the charge calling McCoy a “liar.”
McCoy sent out his press release at 8:39 p.m. Monday night. The press release concerned the Watseka/Iroquois County Tea Party throwing its support behind Gabor, an attorney.
McCoy and Gabor are among the candidates for the state representative seat in the new 106th House District which includes all or parts of Ford, Iroquois, Livingston, Vermilion, and Woodford counties.
McCoy charged that in 2004, while Gabor sat on the Pontiac City Council, he remained silent as the then-mayor Mike Ingles attempted to give himself a 600 percent pay increase to ratchet up his taxpayer-funded government pension at the end of his term in office.
“The mayor and council devised this scheme behind closed doors, then quietly brought it up at a council meeting in an attempt to elude the public and the media. Mr. Gabor never once condemned this swindling of the taxpayer’s funds. Mr. Gabor supported gaming the system to benefit one man’s personal financial portfolio, at the expense of the taxpayers. Even after the public loudly protested and insisted they were not going to put up with this unscrupulous scam, Mr. Gabor then publicly supported the then-mayor for re-election,” McCoy wrote in his press release.
“The people of Illinois have seen this same scam used as politicians and others rip off the taxpayers by exploiting the retirement system for their own selfish gain.”
McCoy continued, “If a candidate who has a public record of allowing government corruption to flourish, especially while acting as a steward of the people’s trust and money, is someone the Tea Party believes deserves to be sent to Springfield — then I either misunderstand the Tea Party’s core values, or they didn’t do a thorough job in vetting the candidates.”
Gabor responded stating, “Mr. McCoy is lying about 95 percent of that. He is a liar.”
“He is correct that in 2004 the idea of the mayor becoming full-time and getting a pay raise did come up. However, I was not at the city council meetings where that was discussed. I was out of the country on my honeymoon,” Gabor said.
“I was 2,500 miles away in the Caribbean with my wife. I didn’t participate in any behind closed door meetings. I learned about it when I got back home and read about it in the paper.”
Gabor said this type of rhetoric from McCoy did not surprise him.
“This is a pattern with him. He lies about my record and his own,” Gabor said.
McCoy, this morning responded saying, “I know he was not in the meetings when it was voted on. He was on his honeymoon. I don’t dispute that.
“However, he was at Illinois Municipal League meetings in Chicago a month before the vote where this issue first arose.”
McCoy said that Gabor trying to claim he was completely unaware of what was going on was “shocking.”
McCoy laughed when he was told Gabor called him a liar.
“What I say is factual,” McCoy said. “I don’t see how name-calling is going to accomplish anything.”