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Congressional Candidates Question Each Other's Character In Tight Race

By Jeff Tang

(LOUISVILLE) -- Thursday was an intense day filled with attacks in the 3rd district Congressional race. According to Republican incumbent Anne Northup, Democrat challenger John Yarmuth lacks the ethics and trustworthiness to be a congressman. WAVE 3's Jeff Tang spoke with both candidates on a muddy day along the campaign trail.

Northup was in full attack mode Thursday, accusing Yarmuth of a string of "ethical lapses." The congresswoman said Yarmuth broke campaign finance laws by failing to send her a letter informing her of a $390,000 loan Yarmuth made to his own campaign.

Northup also accused her challenger of failing to pay taxes on his employees, and said he misled voters by lying about where and how he printed campaign flyers.

John Yarmuth is a congressional scandal waiting to happen. He has broken the laws all through this campaign.

Yarmuth addressed the charges on Thursday. My office made a mistake by not sending a letter to the Northup campaign, and we take full responsibility."

And with a series of new polls showing the race in a virtual deadlock, Yarmuth suggested Northup's attack was a diversion tactic.

"It's just absurd," Yarmuth said. "She ought to be ashamed, but she has no shame.  She's desperate. She's behind. That's why she's doing this."

Yarmuth then turned the tables, saying Northup accepted campaign donations from corporations such as Halliburton, and also took money from ex-Congressmen Mark Foley and Tom Delay. "The list of dirty money running through Anne Northup's campaign goes on and on and on."

It was just the latest exchange in a race that is almost as hostile as it is close.

"I acknowledge this is a tough race, a tough year, and we work with that in mind," Northup said Thursday.

Yarmuth thinks the odds are now in his favor. "I think it demonstrates momentum," he said. "It's something we've been feeling for weeks and bodes well for us election day."

Yarmuth points to his work and service in the Louisville area as proof that he's earned the community's respect.

Online Reporter: Jeff Tang

Online Producer: Michael Dever