Unsavory Campaign Tactics

Here at CHB, we usually leave the political reporting to other sites.  However, we received a compelling email in the inbox that seemed worthy of discussion:

I’m a Clinton Hill resident and I’m somewhat interested/involved in local politics. Today, I was enjoying some coffee along Fulton Street, and I didn’t believe what I saw. Around 3:00pm, I saw around 10-12 young women carrying Delia Hunnly signs in front of Tish James’ campaign office. None of these girls could have been over 16 years of age, and they were a loud, rude, gyrating crew. I didn’t see from which direction they arrived, but they were walking back and forth maybe 2 blocks of Fulton (that included Tish’s campaign office), so I couldn’t imagine they were there for any other reason but to heckle Tish’s campaign people.

It seems really disrespectful, unprofessional, and a bit sad that Delia has to resort to sending children to taunt her opponent [and they did taunt, I overheard them saying, “You should work for Dee! She pays gooood!” to the office, who as far as I could tell ignored the entire event]. Furthermore, this is really disrespectful to the neighbors and businesses to send these loud children into our community for this foolishness. Delia should be thoroughly embarrassed, because I am embarrassed for her. I am not a hard “Tish supporter”, but this has made the choice for me. I have attached photos I took on my cell phone as proof, and I am sending this email to all the media I could find online or had already, because this kind of behavior needs to be exposed.

By the way, the word in the street is that there are constant “poster” problems with Delia’s campaign persons (probably these children or ones like them) ripping down posters of Tish and the other opponent. As a resident, I can attest that the “support” as far as storefront visibility changes drastically on a daily basis.
Have any other readers seen anything like this?  What did you think?
(For the record, Lesterhead is a Tish supporter.)

5 thoughts on “Unsavory Campaign Tactics

  1. stjamesgal

    I think those kinds of tactics are extremely tacky and cheapen the integrity that Tish James has brought to our neighborhood and our borough. I especially don’t think Hunley should be so brash and flashy considering she is in Ratner’s pocket and on his payroll! She is refusing to answer the questions put forth by the Local because of her brazen and insulting conflict of interest. Shame on you Delia.

  2. CBrown

    A couple of days ago, I was walking back from the Outpost coffee house and saw these girls. I don’t know if it was the same day that your correspondent saw them. They were holding signs and chanting pro-Delia slogans, though I didn’t see them ‘gyrating.’ A couple of people came out of the Tish James office, including, if I recall, one who looked about the same age as the pro-Delia girls. The Tish crew was laughing and taking photos of the Delia-girls; it seemed to me like some good-natured trash-talking was going on.

  3. putnam-denizen

    On reflection, I have to agree it really isn’t a big deal (altho interesting enough to talk about it). At least all involved are engaged in politics. I remember when I was a kid in suburban Boston my mother (a democratic committee member) would have all four of her kids stuffing doors with campaign literature.

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