MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - Dean Young is calling a political advertisement directed at him by opponent Bradley Byrne a fabrication. The two men are vying for former Congressman Jo Bonner's seat.
They'll square off in a primary election for District 1 on November 5, with the general election to follow.
In the ad, Byrne accuses Young of mishandling campaign contributions.
“It’s a total lie, and it’s just not right; it’s just not right," Young said. “He’s not telling the truth. What I did is I set up a political action committee that helped Judge Roy Moore. And the donors have been interviewed, and they knew exactly what I was doing.”
FOX10 News reached out to Byrne for an interview. Due to a death in the family, he was not available.
His campaign did, however, issue us this statement from Campaign Manager Alex Schriver.
It reads: “Public state records show that Dean Young set up the Christian Family Association PAC and raised money from hundreds of people, paid his company 95% of the money those folks gave, and took money for consulting as well as advertising. That's indisputable by public record and news articles. More troubling, this is part of a larger pattern of Dean Young using shady fundraising schemes to profit off these PACs and our political system. Alabama voters deserve a public servant, not a political moneyman.”
Young calls the allegations hurtful to him and his family.
"We don’t need anyone in Washington who would do that to somebody," Young said. "It’s absolutely shameful what he has done, and I’m asking Bradley Byrne not only to pull his commercial immediately, but to apologize to the people of south Alabama.”
The winner of the primary faces democratic candidate Burton Leflore for Bonner's seat in a special election. That will take place December 17.
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