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November 1, 2011

GC ad leads to apology

GOSHEN —

A Republican leader in city politics apologized in part Tuesday night for a political ad that some people claim put Goshen College in a bad light.

Thomas Stump, who serves as a city council member and is a leader of the Goshen Republican Committee, apologized to a Democrat candidate who complained that the ad unfairly subjected his family for political purposes.

The ad, which ran earlier this week in The Goshen News, asks, "Do you think it’s a little spooky that most of the Democratic candidates are directly associated with Goshen College?" and then lists seven Democrats who have either graduated from, attended, work for or whose children attended the college.

The ad riled Democrats and some of the college community for what they thought was an attempt to disparage the college.

Daniel Grimes, a Democrat candidate for council, was among those listed in the ad. While most candidates listed had direct connections to the college, Grimes was listed because his children have attended Goshen College.

After Tuesday’s city council meeting, Grimes and others complained about the ad in front of the city council.

"Basically, the ad says ‘don’t vote for me because my children went to Goshen College,’ " Grimes said prior to the meeting. "I think they crossed the line."

With Stump seated in his council seat, Grimes expressed his displeasure and asked for an apology.

"I do not understand the logic. This ad is wrong on so many fronts," Grimes said.

Stump, while defending the point of the ad, said he didn’t think mentioning that Grimes’ children had graduated from GC was insulting.

"If that offended you, I am sorry about that," Stump said. "That might have been overboard."

He also said he didn’t think the ad disparaged the college.

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