Brown is running against Republican incumbent Amy Weirich.
SHELBY COUNTY, TN -
(WMC) - Former television star Judge Joe Brown has failed to file critical campaign documents in his run for Shelby County District Attorney General.
DA Candidate Brown did not file his preprimary financial disclosure form in a timely manner. Some complain the man running for the top law office in Shelby County is not following the law.
Incumbent DA Amy Weirich had no comment that her opponent missed the deadline to file his preprimary financial disclosure, but her campaign manager Lang Wiseman says it is unconscionable.
"It's a really curious position for somebody to be in who's seeking the top law enforcement job in the county," said Wiseman.
The executive director of Tennessee's Bureau of Ethics and Campaign Finance explained what happened.
"Each candidate is required to file a preprimary that was involved in the May primary. The period ran from April 1 - April 26, and the report was due by April 29. As of now, Brown has not filed that report," said Drew Rawlins.
Brown says the alert his disclosure was due arrived late.
"It's not unusual when they get desperate to resort to a few surety tricks. I'm trying to run a clean campaign on the issues."
Brown would have had to pay $25 for every day he doesn't file and $10,000 over 30 days late, but he made a payment after our calls to his campaign.
"The document's been filed, certified mail, return receipt requested," added Brown.
While Brown could face penalties, the late filing does not disqualify him from the election.
"Either he doesn't know the law or he doesn't think he needs to follow it. I'm not sure which one is more troubling," noted Wiseman.
WMC Action News 5 will keep you posted on how this all pans out.
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