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03/04/04 - Longview

Longview Judge Rebuts Flyer Ad

A political advertisement for a Gregg County candidate is drawing criticism from a local judge. Flyers mailed out by Mike Player, a candidate for Gregg County Clerk, show Player shaking hands with Gregg County Judge Bill Stoudt.

The photo is accompanied by a caption that some have interpreted as an endorsement by judge Stoudt. Stoudt says he never gave his approval for any such image to be used as an endorsement for any candidate, and it goes against a strict code of ethics.

"Mr. Player's intentions were not for that to happen , they did.  I accepted his explanation and his apology, and I'm not endorsing any candidate.  That's the public's job," said Stoudt.

Player faces Republican Connie Wade in Tuesday's election.

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