Côté downplays questionable solitications for political funding
Published Saturday, October 12, 2013 5:25PM EDT
Last Updated Saturday, October 12, 2013 6:34PM EDT
Mayoral candidate Marcel Côté was playing down another controversy – this one involving solicitations for political contributions – Saturday, as the campaign becomes more heated and contentious.
After opponent Denis Coderre brought damning revelations to light Friday regarding using robocalls to help his campaign, now Coderre is bringing out a string of e-mails he said are from Coalition Montreal and addressed to a city civil servant asking for political contributions.
After the bureaucrat told Côté's camp he would like to remain non-partisan and be taken off Coalition Montreal's e-mail list, he received more e-mails soliciting funds.
Côté defended himself, saying the e-mail has been brought to his attention, and has spoken to political fundraisers to ensure it doesn’t happen again.
“The National Assembly has decided elections from now on will be done by volunteers, so these things will happen and we'll have to live with,” said Côté. “I don't think it's a big annoyance.”
Richard Bergeron from Project Montreal disagreed, saying looking for funds from city officials is clearly offside.
“He should have known that, even if he has been in municipal politics only for a few months. And for sure Louise Harel knows it and Marvin Rotrand knows it,” he said.
On the campaign trail, Coderre refused to take questions from the media.
Candidate Melanie Joly took the day off from campaigning.