ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- One of Rockford’s mayoral candidates is jumping in on the spat over an ad campaign put out by Rockford’s Police Union.
Today, republican candidate Michael Kleen called the dispute between incumbent independent Larry Morrissey and democrat Jim Hughes a distraction. Kleen told reporters he wants to focus on the issues facing Rockford. Mayor Morrissey is accusing Hughes of violating election laws by placing links to the Police Union’s ads on his campaign website and Facebook page. Kleen called the feud petty and says it’s time to move on.
"I think the voters need to hear the candidates talk about the issues that are important to them. Mayor Morrissey's feud with the Rockford police union is undermining the morale of the department and its making us all less safe,” said Kleen.
Hughes and the Police Union have denied Morrissey’s accusations, The State Board of Elections will decide if any campaign laws were broken.