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India Walton addresses car towing controversy while highlighting goals for East Side

WBEN Radio Buffalo logo WBEN Radio Buffalo 10/8/2021 Mike Baggerman
India Walton. October 8, 2021 © Provided by WBEN Radio Buffalo India Walton. October 8, 2021

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - Buffalo's democratic mayoral candidate, India Walton, was on the defensive Friday following a Thursday tweet which saw her ponder whether Mayor Byron Brown deliberately harassed and intimidated her by towing her car over unpaid parking tickets and an expired inspection.

"Yes, I should have paid the parking tickets," Walton said Friday while highlighting her East Side agenda. "Yes, I should have gotten my car inspected on time. What happened yesterday was unfortunate but it's yesterday's news."

Walton's tweet Thursday was panned by many who claim she was pointing blame at others instead of taking responsibility for her own actions. Her defenders were more sympathetic, saying it's something people making low wages can relate to.

"My experience is not uncommon for average Buffalonians," Walton said. "We are the third poorest city of its side in the nation. I think that what happened to me resonates with a lot of people. We need leadership from people who are experiencing these issues and who are plugged in to what's happening in our community in the ground level."

Walton's campaign personnel, who asked only for questions related to her East Side agenda, led her away from reporters who continued pressing on her controversy.

The Brown campaign did not respond to our requests for comment on the car controversy or her East Side agenda.

Walton upset Brown in the June primary for mayor and is the only candidate whose name will be on the November ballot. Mayor Brown is waging a write-in campaign with hope of winning an unprecedented fifth term as mayor.

Election Day is November 2.

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