Allegations of Campaign Finance Violations in Race for Cathedral City Mayor
CATHEDRAL CITY--A month after election day and uncertainty looms over who won the race for mayor in Cathedral City. Challenger Chip Yarborough lost by just 13 votes and demanded a recount. Now he's accusing his opponent of violating campaign rules.
Yarborough is claiming incumbent Mayor Kathy De Rosa didn't run a fair campaign. De Rosa is standing by her actions and her team.
"The rhetoric in this campaign quite frankly has been over the top, and quite frankly un-becoming of any professional who wants to run for political office," Incumbent Cathedral City Mayor, Kathy De Rosa said.
"I think it's absolutely unethical," Mayoral challenger Chip Yarborough said. "The clerk is clearly bias towards us. She doesn't deserve to be in that position and we're going to see it through."
But the race is turning dirty. Yarborough is referring to an email exchange between Mayor De Rosa and City Clerk Pat Hammers. The email chain is raising questions about whether De Rosa violated campaign expense reporting rules.
"During this entire campaign she's lied. She lied to a group of voters about her voting record. She's lied about her finances, her campaign spending. She's lied about how she fixed the dam. I'm starting to wonder what she told the truth about," Mayoral challenger Chip Yarborough said.
But De Rosa insists the emails are being taken out of context. She's pointing the finger at Yarborough saying he'll do anything to get ahead.
"I take responsibility for what my campaign workers do. I make sure that they all understand that we run a clean campaign, an ethical campaign, and one based on fact and truth. Again I can't say the same for the other side," Incumbent Cathedral City Mayor, Kathy De Rosa said.
One thing is clear, both candidates are watching closely as each and every ballot is counted, confident they'll come out on top.
The Riverside County Registrar of Voters says the recount could take about 4 days. The cost of the whole thing is $2,800 dollars. Yarborough and his supporters are footing the bill.