Dead mayor’s name was used in Bloomberg anti-gun push

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A City Hall spokesman said unreturned phone calls to staff and outdated website from a Pennsylvania mayor's office led Michael Bloomberg's Mayors Against Illegal Guns coalition to to keep using the name of a deceased mayor in ads and letters.

A Pennsylvania blogger spotted Bloomberg's use of Freeland Borough Mayor Tim Martin's name after he died from cancer on September 2, 2010.

"[T]he deceased mayor has signed his name to at least two advertisements, three letters to Congress and one letter to the President sent by Michael Bloomberg's office."

A Bloomberg spokesman emailed to say:

"With more than 600 mayors in cities across the county, there are always going to be changes to keep up with. We actually called every one of our 169 mayors’ offices in Pennsylvania this summer to confirm status. The staff in Freeland never returned our calls, so we relied on the government websites, which still list him as Mayor."

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