At first glance, the mail, which landed in thousands of mailboxes on Friday, appears to be urging people to vote for Democratic Erie County legislator Kevin Hardwick, who is running for a control post.
But he said it was not a Hardwick campaign that misrepresented his political views.
The front of the 12×15-inch poster features a photo of former Hardwick President Donald Trump with the caption, “Hardwick Supports Trump’s Program.” In the background, next to Trump’s rally, is a statue of Hardwick with the caption, “Make Erie County Great Again.”
The mail was designed as part of Lynn Dixon’s Republican-backed campaign to block Democratic voters who might support Hardwick’s campaign.
It began to arrive in the mailboxes the day before the early polls began.
“I’m sure I’ll lose thousands of votes because of that,” Hardwick said. “I’m talking about a cultural change in the control room. That’s what Stefan [Michael] is doing in Hamburg. All the tricks in the book. And it’s also killed on Lynn.”
Brian Fiume, Dixon’s campaign adviser, said he did not think the postman had been deceived and that it accurately reflected Hardwick’s conservative views.
“Kevin Hardwick is basically lying to voters about his ideology,” he said.
Negative postage stamps are common in competitive contests. However, the postage stamp differs in design, and the Hardwick campaign seems to be calling for a conservative, pro-Trump base.
The letter, along with a digitally edited photograph, featured three Democrat leaders on the Hardwick podium, including state chief executive Mark Polonkars. These Democrats were eliminated and replaced by Trump with a MAGA hat and pictures of the protesters.
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This is the first photo modified by Lynn Dixon’s campaign sender. Kevin Hardwick is backed by three Democrats (1st): Assemblyman William Conrad, District Chief Executive Mark Polonkars, and Tonawanda Senior Specialist Joseph Emminger.
The page described Hardwick as “a supporter of law and order,” “a supporter of America first,” and “an opponent of same-sex marriage,” which misrepresented support for same-sex marriage, Hardwick said.
Officials on the plane said Hardwick had supported the Republican nominee for decades, reflecting the reality of Hardwick’s conservative views, and that former Sen. Rick Santorum was nominated for the 2012 presidential election. Hardwick says they were mostly sent to the city’s Democratic Party.
Hardwick was generally considered politically humble, leaving the Republican Party in late 2018 and officially changing his Democratic Party membership in 2019.
But Hardwick said he never voted for Trump and expressed support for the 2016 presidential campaign of Evan McMullin, a former Republican congressional policy director who ran as an independent. , he voted for President Joe Biden.
And if you look at his position on same-sex marriage, Hardwick says the letter is misleading voters.
“I supported traditional marriage more than a decade ago and opposed same-sex marriage.” President Obama opposed same-sex marriage at the time. And like most nations, I have evolved according to this question and now support same-sex marriage. “
The picture of Hardwick standing with Trump in front of the flight page is real. But in 2014, in the Italian park in Salvatore, Trump took the floor in a 600-seat hall while discussing the possibility of running for governor.
Hardwick, who was still a Republican at the time, said everyone at the event could take pictures with him.
“My wife and I were photographed with a celebrity who was the host of The Apprentice.”