Mayoral candidates say they are the target of dirty politics as early voting begins – WSB-TV Channel 2
ATLANTA – Tuesday was the first day of early voting in the November election and some Atlanta mayoral candidates are already making dirty political statements.
Two candidates claim that someone is spreading false information to distract them at a critical time in the electoral process and to deliberately deceive and confuse voters.
Atlanta City Council President and mayoral candidate Felicia Moore told Channel 2 investigative reporter Sophia Choi that someone had sent hundreds of voters a text claiming the Republican Party supported her.
“They actually did some very illegal tactics by bringing him out, like it was my campaign, which it wasn’t. Lying about the Republican Party, they didn’t support anyone, ”Moore said.
Worse yet, she said anyone who responded to the text was answered with their personal cell phone number.
“So it was on a very deep and dark level,” Moore said.
Moore told Choi that those who received the text shared it with friends and online. She now receives many calls on her cell phone from disgruntled voters.
She said she responds to those calls to set the record straight before they make a decision.
Council member and mayoral candidate Andre Dickens said he too was targeted.
He told Choi that he found signs near advance polls with the words “Defund the Police” and his name underneath.
“This is totally wrong. I am in no way for the financing of the police. It’s unfortunate that people are playing dirty politics in this silly season, ”Dickens said.
Both candidates told Choi they were being targeted because they were leading the race.
Moore and Dickens have said they suspect who is behind the effort, but will focus on their campaigns for now with more political shenanigans anticipated before election day on November 2.
Moore said she could launch an investigation to determine who was behind any effort to confuse voters after the election.
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