As our own Chris Farris recently reported, HD-80 candidate Keith Gross (D-Unknown) has had a protest filed against his candidacy concerning his actual state of residency and if he even has a Georgia driver’s license. It seems that Gross, pictured here, also needs to talk to the webmaster of his campaign website, www.keithgross.com.
Prominently featured in the background of each page is the Official Seal of Georgia. That is a violation of O.C.G.A. § 50-3-32(c), which states:
(c) Except as otherwise authorized by Code Section 50-3-31 or subsection (b) of this Code section, it shall be unlawful for any person, firm, corporation, or campaign committee to use or display the great seal or a facsimile of the state emblem on or in connection with any campaign poster, sign, or advertisement for election to any public office in such a manner as to falsely suggest or imply that the person on whose behalf the same is used is at the time a holder of a public office for which a commission bearing said seal is used.
Is he “falsely suggesting” that he is holding office? That, admittedly, is debatable. But the best way to avoid questions like this is to not have it there in the first place. Violation of this code section is a misdemeanor.
[H/T: Atlanta Public Affairs]
[UPDATE – 16 May 2008] The Official Seal of Georgia has been removed from the website. At least one criminal violation has been fixed!