Typo leads to wrong candidate's election in Conn.

AP News
Posted: Nov 23, 2011 10:31 AM
Typo leads to wrong candidate's election in Conn.

A typo has led to the election of the wrong man to a finance board in Derby, Conn.

James J. Butler was the highest vote-getter, winning 1,526 votes for the 10-member Board of Apportionment and Taxation, which monitors the town's finances.

However, his father, 72-year-old James R. Butler, was the candidate nominated by Democrats. The News Times of Danbury and New Haven Register report that he said he wants the job and that his son is not interested in public office.

James J. Butler, who is 46, would not comment on whether he wants the job. But he calls city officials incompetent for confusing him with his father.

Av Harris, spokesman for the secretary of the state's office, says James J. Butler should be sworn in because he was elected.