Heather Mazzoni
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People On Shaun Brown Petition Say They Never Signed

NORFOLK, Va. (August 6, 2018) – News broke last week that paid members of Scott Taylor’s campaign collected signatures to put independent candidate Shaun Brown on the ballot for the Second Congressional District race. 

Now comes a new development in this story. Following an anonymous tip, WHRV's Paul Bibeau contacted four people whose names and addresses appear on the petition documents collected by Taylor's workers, and they said they never signed them. A fifth says she has no memory of signing.

Another who appears on the petition is deceased. His widow Bet Cake, discussed the matter on HearSay with Cathy Lewis earlier today on WHRV 89.5FM.

“That anybody would use the name of someone who’s passed on, it’s very disappointing and it’s hurtful.” said Bet Cake, widow of R. Stuart Cake. “And I’m disappointed that Scott Taylor would allow his staff members to do that kind of thing.”

Four workers on Taylor’s campaign collected the signatures in the last days before Virginia’s primary election. The payments made to them were described as “payroll” or “campaign consulting – staff” in FEC records. Shaun Brown has said she had no knowledge of the effort. A Taylor spokesman acknowledged the Congressman knew his team gathered these signatures, but he did not comment on these latest developments after being contacted.

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