WRTV 6News sportscaster Wil Hampton (R) is officially withdrawing from his race for the Noblesville Common Council. Hampton's campaign says that his opponent, Councilmember Kathie Stretch (R), "contacted several of the media outlets that employ Mr. Hampton. Citing obscure and vague FCC regulations, Stretch made a formal complaint to Hampton's employers demanding that she receive equal broadcast time. Stretch's challenge represented a real threat to Hampton's business and his ability to work. Hampton notes that he had to choose between his livelihood and public service. He has chosen his family. 'Broadcasting is my job; it’s how I provide for my family. Kathie's actions have given me two choices: either provide for my family and pursue my career, or challenge her for the District 4 seat. Since I can't do both, I choose my family.' "
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Hampton's Political Opponent Forces Him Out Of Council Race
Noblesville Common Council member Kathy Stretch (R) apparently wasn't too happy about the prospect of facing the popular former WRTV sports reporter Wil Hampton in this year's Republican primary in the Noblesville municipal election. According to the Indiana Daily Insight, Stretch complained to media companies that employed Hampton to demand equal time under an obscure FCC rule. As a consequence, Hampton decided to drop his bid for the council rather than give up his daytime livelihood. The IDI reports:
Hampton is employed by Velocity Sports Performance in Carmel as Director of Recruiting, which includes work for the Indianapolis Colts. He also continues to work for WRTV sports in a freelance capacity.