House can­di­date apol­o­gizes for false en­dorse­ment

The Oklahoman (Sunday) - - NEWS - BY NOLAN CLAY Staff Writer nclay@ok­la­

A state House can­di­date ad­mit­ted Fri­day a lengthy quote in a cam­paign mailer at­trib­uted to for­mer Gov. Brad Henry is false.

“I will ad­mit that I made a mis­take,” LaVelle Comp­ton said.

Comp­ton, an Ok­la­homa City Demo­crat, is run­ning against state Rep. Jon Echols, the House ma­jor­ity floor leader.

The mailer sent to 4,000 vot­ers in­cludes a gen­uine photo of Henry and Comp­ton to­gether. Next to the photo is a made-up Henry quote de­scrib­ing Comp­ton as “an ex­cep­tional young man who will be an as­set to our Leg­is­la­ture.”

Comp­ton said his for­mer cam­paign team put to­gether the quote af­ter a din­ner with Henry but never went back to get per­mis­sion to use it in the cam­paign.

“I should have also made sure that was fully vet­ted, and I did not, and that’s where my mis­take lies,” Comp­ton said.

He said he apol­o­gized Fri­day to Henry and to his sup­port­ers. On Face­book, he told sup­port­ers, “The last thing that I would ever do is in­ten­tion­ally mis­rep­re­sent my­self or lie to the pub­lic to add fuel to the po­lit­i­cal fire.”

Echols dis­cov­ered the fal­sity, con­tact­ing Henry, a friend, af­ter see­ing the mailer. Henry, a Demo­crat, told him, “I did not au­thor or au­tho­rize the quote that was at­trib­uted to me, and I have not for­mally en­dorsed in the House Dis­trict 90 race.”

Echols, R-Ok­la­homa City, called the made-up en­dorse­ment ex­tremely dis­turb­ing.

“This type of be­hav­ior should not be tol­er­ated in our po­lit­i­cal sys­tem,” Echols said.

LaVelle Comp­ton

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