The outrageous statement made by Jon Runyan’s campaign today regarding photography of his property, demonstrates that he is using this incident for political gain. The Runyan camp waited several days to exploit this issue, rather than walk up a flight of stairs from their office to our office to discuss this matter directly and immediately, as any genuinely distressed parent would do. As soon as we became aware of the incident, our campaign manager called Jon Runyan’s campaign manager to assure her that no pictures of the children were taken. They did not return the call and instead have chosen to engage in an outrageous smear, in fact, exploiting the child as a campaign tactic.
The facts are these: last Wednesday a volunteer photographer took 7 photos of the front of Jon Runyan’s house, nothing more. The photographer was instructed not to take any photos of Jon Runyan or any member of his family. He was instructed to stay an appropriate distance away from the Runyan house on a public roadway, which he did. There were no children visible, the photographer was not aware of any children present, there were no pictures of any children taken. Repeat, no pictures of children were authorized or taken.
To be very clear, there was no “creeping around in the woods.” There was no photography of any kind of any Runyan family member. Again, it’s sad that Jon Runyan has engaged in an outrageous smear, in fact, exploiting his family to gain political points.