We had no idea just what kind of bee’s nest we were poking with the Philebrity stick the other day when we took a look at the increasingly nasty Babette Josephs/Brian Sims battle for Democratic representative in the 182nd District. Comments are still flying back and forth on that post, and today, it might even get a little nastier, as the above piece of mail from Sims, accusing Josephs of being soft on kiddy diddlers, is appearing all over the 182nd.
But is it true? We asked Josephs campaign manager Julia Ramsey, and she confirmed that, yes, Josephs did vote against a bill requiring mandatory registration for sex offenders. But, she was quick to add, the mailer is more a window into the Sims campaign than Josephs’ record. “The Sims campaign did a poll [on this topic and others] about a week ago,” she told us. “A week later, he sent a mailer suggesting Babette wants sex offenders in schools. Another ridiculous libel from a sadly dishonest campaign… Babette has been a consistent fighter for our schools and for public safety. That’s why the unions representing teachers and police have all endorsed her. Clearly, Mr. Sims didn’t like his poll numbers, and that’s why we’re seeing garbage like this in our mailboxes.” That’s one view, but from our perch, both candidates are beginning to look like jackasses.