Fake voter guide stirs waters in Tina Kotek race

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Update: The Oregon Secretary of State’s office is still investigating the source of the fake guides, but told Sharon Nasset they do not have direct evidence linking her campaign to the guides.

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — With the Oregon primary now about 3 weeks away, voters are beginning to see voter guides for the races and the candidates.

In the race for the 44th District, someone is trashing incumbent Tina Kotek’s campaign platforms. A fraudulent voter guide began making its way to voters doorsteps that misrepresents what the Speaker of the Oregon House stands for. The fake voter guide shows Kotek is in favor reducing pension payments, prohibiting GMO food labeling and fighting the government on political participation.

Oregon Speaker of the House Tina Kotek, D-Portland, listens to a question during a news conference in her office at the Capitol, in Salem, Ore., Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015. (AP Photo/Timothy J. Gonzalez)

Kotek’s supporters quickly turned to social media to pin the blame on her opponent, Sharon Nasset.

Nasset, though, told KOIN 6 News she did not put out the fake voter guide.

“I had nothing to do with it. Voters trusted me to begin with and have been doing things for over two decades and have been living here since 1972,” she said.

When asked who she thought put out the fake voter guide, Nasset said, “Somebody that doesn’t like Tina Kotek.”

Nasset also said she doesn’t think Kotek’s campaign put it out as a backdoor ploy, either.

“I don’t think so. I think they would put a tag line on it and follow the law.”

A representative for the Multnomah County elections told KOIN 6 News he received a copy of the fake guide and handed it over to the state director of elections. An investigation is ongoing.

For her part, Nasset said she’s running such a low budget, grass roots campaign she can’t afford to print fake guides. All of her campaign voter guides are printed on green paper to save money, she said.

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