Statement recalled as Miller campaign apologizes

Error in press release protocol won't be repeated, says campaign manager

The election campaign of Liberal Renee Miller went into damage control this week after the publication of a press release quoted her as saying the Conservative candidate had turned the riding into “Tea Party North.”

Miller denied making the statement, a position confirmed by campaign manager Bill Stewart.

“It’s my fault,” he said. “I take full responsibility.”

Stewart said the press release, along with two other, unpublished releases, was written by a volunteer and sent to him for vetting. The protocol required him to send it to Miller for approval, a step he didn’t do before sending it to the media.

Miller apologized and stressed controls have been tightened up.

“I don’t want to be too hard on any of the campaign team, because they are volunteers and we really have put on quite a remarkable campaign,” she said. “However, some people were understandably upset.”

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