Collier Co. Commissioner fights back against fliers accusing him of domestic violence
Photo: Video by fox4now.com
CREATED Aug. 13, 2012 - UPDATED: Aug. 13, 2012
NAPLES, Fla. - A Collier County Commissioner's race is getting personal.
Attack fliers are being mailed to voters accusing incumbent Tom Henning of domestic violence.
He says the accusations aren't true, but who is being them?
Incumbent Tom Henning and entrepreneur/businessman Bill McDaniel are now fighting to become your next county commissioner
in District 3.
The August primary is now less than a day away and things are getting ugly.
"This is a political motive to defame my good name," said Commissioner Henning.
Henning firing back after fliers were mailed to voters that paint him as violent towards women.
The cover of the flier says "What kind of man has domestic violence charges filed against him from both his wives?"
"The fact is Tom Henning has not done anything wrong and it has been proved in court over and
over again," said Commissioner Henning.
Commissioner Henning showed Fox 4 the court records regarding civil domestic violence cases filed from 2 ex-wives.
"This was my from my first wife. It was dismissed because of a lack of prosecution," said Henning as he pointed to a court document.
Other court records regarding his second wife showed the court found no violence and said it appeared to be an effort to gain an advantage in divorce proceedings. Henning calls the fliers "libelous" and points his finger at his opponent.
"He can't attack me as an elected official so he has to make up something totally false," said Henning.
An out-of-town Political Action Committee with ties to Action Point Florida is responsible for the ad. It's the same marketing firm used by Henning's opponent. McDaniel denies having anything to do with the fliers.
"I can assure you, I am not behind them. I can assure you I never approved or paid for or endorsed
those fliers," said Bill McDaniel, candidate for District 3 Collier Co. Commissioner.
Tomorrow's August primary will decide who takes the District 3 seat.