Candidate asked to stop using false endorsements
Town of Ulster: Democratic leaders in two Ulster County towns are objecting to false campaign advertising distributed to voters by Conservative and Independence party candidate Vincent Bradley, Jr. The mailer in question states that Bradley is a "registered Democrat" who has the endorsement of the Town of Ulster and Town of Wawarsing Democratic Committees.
"Mr. Bradley's enrollment in the Democratic Party does not take place until January 1, 2008. To advertise that he is a registered Democrat is not accurate. Accuracy and facts are the foundation of the work done by a district attorney," said Karen Markisenis, Chair of the Town of Ulster Democratic Committee and Vice Chair of the Ulster County Democratic Committee.
Markisenis also refutes Bradley's claim about having a current endorsement from the Town of Ulster and Town of Wawarsing Democratic Committees. "He has neither sought nor received our support following his failure to secure the Democratic nomination in June," said Markisenis.
"Bradley's decision to falsely claim that he has been endorsed by our committee demonstrates a significant lack of judgment and integrity. A small minority of our committee members endorsed him prior to the Democratic convention. Obviously, that endorsement has no effect in the general election. Our committee has not and does not support Bradley's campaign," said Markisenis.
Town of Wawarsing Democratic Chair, Sylvia Kalipolites, said: “He has not asked for, and most certainly has not received, our endorsement in this election. The Democratic candidate is Jonathan Sennett. ”
The Democratic leaders demand that Bradley cease claiming their endorsements and distribute no further campaign literature falsely claiming to have received endorsements he has not received.
"Mr. Bradley tried numerous times to gain the Democratic nomination. He did not succeed. Now he is running a campaign that is likely to interfere with the first election of a Democrat as District Attorney since the Great Depression. He seems fond of saying that the District Attorney's office is above politics. Yet, with his participation in the race, that is all that it has been about," said Markisenis.
Markisenis hopes that Democrats will rally around the party's chosen candidate, Jonathan Sennett. "While Bradley has called into question the integrity of others during this campaign, in reality he has his own issues to deal with. I don't see how Democrats can justify backing a conservative candidate who just wants to spoil this election."