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Assembly campaign under scrutiny

Blanchfield, a Schenectady City Councilman who works as an attorney in Albany, did not return calls before press time.

The FCP also ruled the Amedore campaign acted inappropriately by not renouncing a flier sent by the Schenectady County Republican Committee. The flier read: "Blanchfield and the Albany political bosses are distorting George Amedore's words. Don't believe their lies!"

FCP ruled that the Blanchfield ads in question were misleading, but "they did not contain lies. To characterize the offensive material as such, is in itself both a character attack and misleading."

Another complaint brought by the Blanchfield campaign related to an anonymous Web site was not ruled on by the FCP, but was renounced by Amedore.

"My opponent has brought to my attention certain content on a Web site titled www.markstaxrecord.com, which appears not to reflect his current employment and appears to misstate the nature of his current firm's law practice," Amedore said in a written statement. "Whoever is responsible for this Web site should remove that information immediately.""

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