Charleston Mayor Joe Riley responded Tuesday to last-minute re-election attacks from a Charleston political group. The attacks–in the form of flyers supporting one of Riley’s Republican opponents, William Dudley-Gregorie, caused this response from the 36-year incumbent mayor:
“They’re hiding behind a loop hole in the ethics law that enables them to obey the lawful practice of contributing to a candidate and not having their donation and names a matter of public record,” says Riley.
The group, “Citizens for a Better Charleston” then responded to ABC-News 4 in Charleston after Riley’s claim. They said: “‘Citizens for a Better Charleston’ came together because we are tired of Joe Riley playing favorites, rewarding his contributors and punishing anyone who dare speak out against his policies.”
Riley is seeking his 10th term as mayor. He announced earlier this year, if elected, it would be his last term. Also running in the November 8 election is Charleston author David Farrow, restaurant owner Joshua Kennedy, and teacher Craig Jelks.