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Judicial candidate distributes mailer with partial quote

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    Mike Duff

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ELYRIA — A candidate for Domestic Relations Court judge did not use a complete quote from The Chronicle-Telegram in a recent mailer.

Defense attorney Michael Duff, who is running against incumbent Judge Lisa Swenski and two others in a Democratic primary for the position, and his campaign sent out a mailer including a quote from an Aug. 31, 2016, interview Swenski gave a reporter.

“I feel bad for anybody who thinks I’m doing a good job, because chances are I’m not,” the mailer reads, attributing the quote to Swenski.

However, in a Chronicle story from the next day, the quote reads, “I feel bad for anybody who thinks I’m doing a good job because chances are pretty good that I’m not running again.”

Duff said he got the quote from a video the paper posted and had a certified court reporter transcribe it to make sure the quotes were correct.

“I got it off a video The Chronicle posted to YouTube,” he said. “I wanted to quote it and if I was going to do that, I wanted to make sure it was correct.”

Duff provided The Chronicle with a copy of the transcript certified by court reporter Jennifer Mounsey.

“I feel bad for anybody who thinks I’m doing a good job, because chances are I’m not (inaudible),” the transcript reads.

“The audio doesn’t show that she says ‘running again,’” he said. “I got a court reporter to transcribe this to make sure it was correct and it comes up as inaudible in the transcript.”

Swenski did not respond to request for comment.

Contact Katie Nix at 329-7129 or knix@chroniclet.com. Find her at facebook.com/KatieHNix or on Twitter @KatieHNix.


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