Businessman Dee Margo today accused Democratic State Rep. Joe Moody of using taxpayer dollars to distribute a newsletter that he says recycles information and serves as campaign material.
Margo, who is challenging Moody for the House District 78 seat, points to a newsletter Moody sent to constituents last week that shared legislative efforts during the 81st session.
Moody said it is his duty, as a state representative, to the keep constituents informed, whether it's through newsletters, gatherings or phone calls.
Margo said the newsletter was a waste of money at a time when the state faces a budget deficit of up to $18 billion and state agency’s have been asked to trim their budgets.
posed five voluntary questions in the newsletter that he said would help him better serve
constituents. The questions
The questionsasked residents in the district to rank issues in order of importance, address which cuts could be made during the next Legislative session, give input on how to best secure the border, consider whether class sizes should be increased and remark on whether the state should support the expansion of alternative energy
Margo argues that the questions served as taxpayer-funded polling for Moody’s campaign.
“It has been 429 days since the 81st legislative session ended, but we’re only 97 days from the General Election,” Margo said in a statement. “Joe Moody’s unfortunate decision to waste taxpayer funds should be corrected by his campaign by reimbursing taxpayers and apologizing for this unfortunate lapse in judgment.”
Moody said lawmakers should always reach out to voters and ask about their priorities and concerns.
"I guess Dee has a problem with State Representatives communicating with their constituents and explaining the important issues affecting the state," Moody said."The fact is I have run my office in a very fiscally conservative way. We are $8,000 under budget and will be returning that money to the state's general fund at the end of August."