In Covington Mayoral Race, Realtor PAC's Mailer Shows Wrong City
The National Association of Realtors Political Action Committee (RPAC) is supporting Covington City Commissioner Steve Casper in his bid to become mayor. Casper faces fellow City Commissioner Sherry Carran on November 6. So far, the Chicago-based RPAC has sent out at least two mailers on behalf of Casper. The first one featured a photo of the Covington skyline and Licking Riverside Historic District. The second, however, featured on its cover a landmark that isn't in Covington. Beneath the words Steve Casper for Mayor: Common-sense leadership is a photo of Cincinnati's famed Music Hall.
By law, Casper's campaign cannot coordinate efforts with a political action committee, so the choice of photo falls squarely on RPAC. No one in the PAC's press office answered the phone when called Tuesday. RPAC donated more than $12 million in the last cycle of Congressional races but is also involved in local elections. According to its website, "We look to build the future by putting RPAC dollars in places that will help advance the interests of Real Estate professionals. RPAC is the only political group in the country organized for REALTORS, run by REALTORS and exists solely to further issues important to REALTORS." Casper is a real estate agent and has served in leadership roles in realtor associations.
Reached by phone today, Casper said the photo would not have been his choice but that the PAC got the content correct. On the reverse side of each mailer are glowing endorsements of why the PAC supports Casper's efforts. "I am totally flattered that an organization that has a million members is willing to support my candidacy," he said.
PHOTO: RPAC mailer featuring Music Hall in Cincinnati/provided