By Mike Dunn
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — One of Philadelphia’s city commissioners, who will oversee next month’s election in the city, is taking heat for putting out an e-mail urging support for President Obama and other Democratic candidates.READ MORE: 'This Is What We Do In A Small Town': Mullica Hill Residents Continue Recovery Efforts Weeks After Tornado
Stephanie Singer is chairperson and one of two Democrats among the three-member board of city commissioners, which runs Philadelphia elections.
Today, Singer issued an e-mail through her campaign office urging support for Democratic candidates and saying that she is “horrified at the prospect of Republican control of government.”
Zack Stalberg, head of the election watchdog group Committee of 70, thinks Singer’s message was not appropriate.READ MORE: New Jersey Man Credits Keeping Mind Active As He Celebrates 105th Birthday
“This sends a really bad message to voters in Philadelphia, because it suggests that the person in charge of elections — the chairwoman — really has a very direct interest in the outcome,” Stalberg (right) said today.
In response, Singer promises bipartisan oversight of voting in the City of Philadelphia.
“It’s a combination of Democrats watching the process and Republicans watching the process,” she tells KYW Newsradio. “That is what this country depends on to keep elections fair.”
Stalberg, though, calls Singer’s e-mail a “stunning case in point of why we need neutral officials running elections.”MORE NEWS: President Biden Approves Disaster Funding For Two More Pennsylvania Counties
The Committee of 70 has long said that elections officials should not be elected and that the commissioners’ office should be professionalized.