Tomasek: Finegold Should Answer New Ethics Allegations
State representative accused of recruiting interns at Andover High.
Over the weekend, Tomasek issued a press release calling on Finegold to answer ethics charges brought to light in a recent published report.
Tomasek cited a report in the Eagle Tribune, alleging that Finegold had announcements read over the intercom system of Andover High School, recruiting high school interns for his campaign between Aug. 30 and Sept. 6.
"According to the website of the Office of Campaign and Political Finance, public employees, as well as other persons, are prohibited from using any public resources for political campaign purposes, including the promotion of a candidate… 'Public resources' are defined as anything that is paid for with public money, whether raised through taxes or fees, which includes office equipment," read the release, in part.
Tomasek also alluded to past incidents, in which Finegold admitted his campaign printed the names of public employees on fliers for three fundraisers (including one in Tewksbury) in violation of campaign finance laws.
"I don't understand why a seven-term legislator running a professional campaign makes these mistakes," said Tomasek. "It seems hard to believe that these are all just slipups by staff. It's either a careless attitude at the top or something else. The voters will have to determine whether Barry Finegold, with these types of violations, deserves a promotion in this election."
Finegold did not immediately return messages seeking comments on Tomasek's allegations.
The general election is set for Tuesday, Nov. 2.