Candidate's Campaign Flyer Sparks Controversy

By: WOWT Email
By: WOWT Email

A Democrat and Republican, side by side in mailboxes across Lincoln sparked controversy just days before the election.

City council candidate Trent Feller and Mayor Chris Beutler might be sharing your mailbox space on a campaign flyer.

But, they're not sharing an opinion on what that mail means.

"Well I thought he was one of my good buddies," Mayor Chris Beutler said.

He said that's what goes through his mind when he saw the mail. His concern is that voters may think that too.

Mayor Beutler's picture sits side by side with Fellers.

"He may be a good fellow," Mayor Beutler said. "I don't know Trent at all."

What he does know is that he has not endorsed the Republican and calls his campaign mail unethical, confusing and disappointing.

"He's using this to try and attract voters by implying that I've endorsed him," Mayor Beutler said.

But, Fellers said that wasn't what he was trying to say at all.

"It doesn't say that on the mailer," he said.

Fellers said if you want the message, read the mail. It's right there in print: he wants to work with the man pictured next to him.

"I used the image to draw attention to the message which is, I'm willing to work with the mayor to move the city forward," Fellers said.

Both men said this has nothing to do with a party divide.

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