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Rolley says mayor campaigning from City Hall

Mayoral candidate Otis Rolley accused Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake today of using mounting her campaign from City Hall and using city employees and resources for her political gain.

"What we've seen in recent months... is the wholesale use and misuse of government to aid the mayor's election, and that is hurting Baltimore," Rolley said at an afternoon news conference in his Hampden campaign headquarters.

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"For every moment her staff is spending on the campaign, that's one minute they are taking away from the taxpayers who pay their salaries," said Rolley.

He said he had sent letters to the city state's attorney, U.S. attorney for the State of Maryland the Office of the State Prosecutor, asking them to investigate Rawlings-Blake.

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Rolley said that mayoral spokesman Ryan O'Doherty provided political information to reporters, an issue about which Sun colleague Laura Vozzella has written.

He also took exception to a campaign flier from Rawlings-Blake which included a photograph of the mayor flanked by police and firefighters after a tornado which ripped through Northeast Baltimore last fall. The photograph was taken by Marc Dennis, the city's official photographer.

Rolley criticized Rawlings-Blake for ordering the finance department to prepare a lengthy report on Councilman Carl Stokes' plan to halve property taxes. Rawlings-Blake frequently cites figures from that report when bashing her challengers' property tax plans.

A campaign spokeswoman characterized Rolley's criticism as "desperate behavior.""Otis Rolley is out of money, out of ideas, has no political support and now he is attacking innocent people to get ahead politically. This is the same Otis Rolley who recently said that he saw no wrongdoing when he worked as Chief of Staff for Sheila Dixon," said spokeswoman Keiana Page.

O'Doherty did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Mark Chesire, a spokesman for city state's attorney Gregg L. Bernstein, said that he was unable to comment on Rolley's allegations because he had not yet seen the letter.

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