Is name calling necessary in a political race?
In the race for the new 106th State Representative district, candidate Scott McCoy last week, issued an incendiary press release against opponent Brian Gabor, who received the endorsement of the Watseka/Iroquois County Tea Party.
McCoy considers himself the true conservative candidate in the race and bristled at Gabor’s endorsement. He accused 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, in an exclusive interview with the Woodford Times, responded to the charge calling McCoy a “liar.”
Gabor said, “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.