Keaton, who owns the Marietta and Dallas family and criminal law practice Rebecca Keaton Law, is running against Fincher for the Cobb County State Court judge position held by Judge Beverly Collins, who is not seeking re-election in November. Assistant U.S. Prosecutor Reuben Green is also running for the job.
Keaton believes Fincher could be accepting campaign donations from defense lawyers that may work with Fincher on plea deals for their clients, and that is a conflict of interest, Keaton states in a Monday press release.
"The problem is absolutely clear. As a deputy assistant prosecutor, Jason Fincher is essentially raising money from the same attorneys that come to him seeking plea deals for their clients. There is no way that he can legitimately ask these men and women, or their business partners, for contributions - at any time - without casting a shadow over their current or future interactions," Keaton said in the release.
Keaton has unsuccessfully campaigned for Cobb County State Court Judge twice in the past, losing the 2002 election to David Darden and the July 2000 election to Rusty Carlisle. She is married to Cobb attorney Darrin Keaton.
Fincher said he did not want to comment Monday, but Gannon Gingrey Manning, general consultant to the Jason Fincher Campaign for State Judge, said Keaton's public request is unfounded and simply a political move made in the hopes of gaining more support for her campaign.
"This is a typical political tactic in an effort to discredit his name," Manning said. "She is running a floundering campaign and is envious of the momentum our campaign is experiencing. These accusations are preposterous, and this is the kind of thing that has caused her to lose her last two campaigns."