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Sep 30, 2012 6:49 PM

Ky. House Candidate Admits Error In Email

EARLINGTON, Ky. (AP) - A candidate for the state 10th District House seat says he made a mistake asking the Earlington city clerk to send an email related to his campaign rally this month.

Earlington Mayor Mike Seiber told The Messenger (bit.ly/SsFn) that he inadvertently had the clerk send the email. Seiber says he realized the error the next day when he received a forwarded copy of the email and saw the original carried the clerk's city email address.

"She was on her own time, but I should not have asked her to send an email," he said. "It was my fault. I accept full responsibility for that. I pledge to make sure it doesn't happen again."

The email related to Seiber's political rally Thursday that featured House Speaker Greg Stumbo. He sent it at 7:10 p.m. Sept. 11 from city clerk Julie Sellers' account.

Seiber, a Democrat who is challenging Republican incumbent Ben Waide, said he had just received confirmation finalizing details for the rally.

"It was totally out of character," Seiber said. "I was excited. We had gotten the invitation from this particular person. I tried to send the invitation from my cellphone. We had no WiFi (connection) in the building."

At that point, Seiber said he asked the clerk to send an email on his behalf.

A copy of Sellers' time card, obtained by The Messenger in an open records request, shows the clerk was clocked in from 8:31 a.m. to 12:03 p.m. and from 12:22 to 7:31 p.m. on Sept. 11.

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Information from: The Messenger, http://www.the-messenger.com

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