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Brown Campaign Workers Mistakenly Send Endorsement From Bill Bishop Campaign

UPDATED: 4:53 p.m. with comment from Alvin Brown's campaign.

An email mistakenly sent out from the campaign of Bill Bishop for Mayor caused confusion today by appearing to say Bishop is endorsing Mayor Alvin Brown for reelection.

Rob and Jill Storey, who ran Bishop’s campaign, say they meant to send out the endorsement from their advertising firm, RLS Group. But instead an email blast went out with “Bill Bishop for Mayor” in the sender line. The Storeys now work for the Alvin Brown campaign.

A spokesman for the Lenny Curry campaign tweeted their mistake is a violation of election law. That’s because the Bishop campaign is no longer active and therefore is not allowed to engage in politics.

The Storeys told WJCT they are hoping to avoid penalties because they made an honest mistake and quickly followed up with a clarification email from their personal account.

Bishop, a Republican City Councilor, announced recently he is endorsing neither Brown nor Curry for mayor, and he intends to run for mayor again in a couple of years. 

In a statement, an Alvin Brown for Mayor spokesman says, "To be clear, the Brown campaign has neither violated campaign finance law, nor is the campaign being accused of doing so."

Jessica Palombo supervises local news gathering and production, podcasts and web editorial content for WJCT News, ADAPT and Jacksonville Today. She is an award-winning writer and journalist with bylines including NPR, Experience Magazine, and The Gainesville Sun. She has a master’s degree in broadcast and digital journalism from Syracuse University and is an alumna of the University of Florida. A nearly lifelong resident of Jacksonville, she considers herself lucky to be raising her own children in her hometown. Follow Jessica Palombo on Twitter: @JaxJessicaP