Controversy after text message claims ‘you won’t be excommunicated’ for voting for McAdams

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) – We are one day away from the midterm election and there’s new controversy in the race between Congresswoman Mia Love and Salt Lake County Ben McAdams. 

Love is calling out McAdams for sending texts to voters with a questionable message, but McAdams says it wasn’t him.

The text messages that sent out Sunday said the following:

“The Independent Republicans of Utah want you to know: you won’t be excommunicated for voting for Dem Ben McAdams-he’s the best Republican in the race.”

“These texts are not coming from the Ben McAdams for Congress campaign, or anyone affiliated with our campaign. As an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Mayor McAdams respects the Church’s long-standing neutrality in political races and would never imply their involvement in this race,” said Alyson Heyrend, campaign communications director, in a statement to ABC4 News.

Love tweeted about the text message Sunday:

The Utah GOP also responded on Twitter:

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