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WL mayor joins, then resigns from, political action committee

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RDP Political Action Committee is raising money for four West Lafayette school board candidates.

Posted: Sep 25, 2020 6:54 PM
Updated: Sep 25, 2020 6:56 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind (WLFI) - Mayor John Dennis has stepped down from his position as chairman of a political action committee.

He says he resigned from the position within a day of taking on the role.

RDP Political Action Committee is raising money for four West Lafayette school board candidates. Dennis says he was approached by close friends to take the chairman position, but he resigned after he says the PAC sent a letter that was "personally offensive."

News 18 obtained a copy of a letter sent by the PAC. The letter says some of the fifteen candidates running for school board have a personal agenda or grudge against the current administration.

"It was a mistake on my part, you know," Dennis says. "Again, you're not going to find a bigger fan of the West Lafayette school corporation than me and, like I said earlier, I'm a product of that, so if there's something that I can do that's going to be constructive, I'll be the first in line to volunteer, but this didn't end up netting out that way."

Dennis says he also stepped down because he learned the PAC was in support of specific candidates.

"This was one of those prime examples of one of those times where I just got lazy," Dennis says. "I should have been more thorough in looking into this before I made my decision."

The PAC is raising money for four candidates endorsed by the West Lafayette Education Association, which is the union representing teachers in the West Lafayette Community School Corporation.

The PAC's treasurer, who is named at the bottom of the letter, declined to comment. 

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