BOSTON -- The Massachusetts Republican Party today filed a complaint with the state Ethics Commission regarding the questionable campaign practices of the Democratic Chairman of the Brewster Board of Selectmen (and candidate for state senate) Ben deRuyter. deRuyter and his campaign's treasurer, Sarah A. Turano-Flores (who serves as the Town Counsel for the Town of Brewster), appear to be in violation of a state law which stipulates that public employees may not serve as treasurers of campaign committees.
Click here to see the MassGOP's letter to the Ethics Commission
Ben deRuyter appointed as his campaign treasurer the Town Counsel of Brewster, who appears to qualify as a public employee under the Ethics Commission's definition of a "municipal employee," which includes contractors with municipalities. Such an appointment is a violation of state law, and presents serious ethical troubles given deRuyter's role as the Chairman of the Brewster Board of Selectmen. (Read the MassGOP's full letter to the Ethics Commission)
Dan Wolf appears to be supportive of deRuyter's bid. (Geoff Spillane, "deRuyter, flanked by Wolf, announces run for Senate," Cape Cod Times, 1/31/16)
Cape voters have already had to endure headlines about Wolf's high profile spat with the Ethics Commission. (Shira Schoenberg, "Massachusetts Ethics Commission says State Sen. Dan Wolf, a 2014 gubernatorial candidate, is violating conflict of interest law," MassLive, 8/7/13)