A complaint has been filed in, of all places, Clayton County against Jewel and Lee Scott. Jewel is the District Attorney and Lee is running for County Commission Chairman.
“Friends of Jewel Scott and Friends of Lee Scott” e-mailed Clayton residents Wednesday, offering $85 for help with their campaign for the primary.
Reached at home on Wednesday, Jewel Scott said she didn’t know about the e-mail but didn’t see anything wrong it.
“That’s not paying for votes,” she said. “That’s asking people to come forward to man the polls.”
Lee Scott said he will speak to an election attorney and the secretary of state’s office to determine if any violations were committed.
“If it’s wrong, we’ll change it,” he said. “We’re short about 20 people for volunteers.”
Joe Upshaw, a resident of Jonesboro since 1996, filed the complaint Wednesday several hours after receiving the Scotts’ e-mail.
“I think it’s a thinly veiled attempt to purchase votes,” Upshaw said in an interview. “No other candidates are paying volunteers. Volunteers are volunteers.”
In addition to the $85….
…workers will receive lunch and a T-shirt featuring the Scotts, and other Democratic candidates.