Like every decent resident in Bristol who received two disgusting postcards this weekend, we were shocked by the tone of the attacks on local leaders, as well as the fact that they were sent anonymously - a clear violation of state law.
For those who were left out of the mass mailing, Bristol Press reporter Lorenzo Burgio, in Tuesday’s newspaper, outlined the offensive against Mayor Ken Cockayne, as well as the shocked reactions of his political opponents, who quickly denounced the scurrilous accusations.
But the fact remains that someone - political opportunist? a past opponent seeking revenge? or just a hater? - paid for these attacks and, in fact, paid to ensure that each envelope was individually addressed, leaving out only the name or names of those responsible for the barrage - despite a Connecticut state law that requires political flyers to reveal who pays for them.
We realize that this has been a year of new lows in politics at all levels but these cowardly allegations are particularly unacceptable when the ‘opponent’ is also a neighbor.
We are not surprised, however, since we have been appalled by the bitterness of the Bristol municipal race this year. Still, in all other cases that we’ve seen, the challenges - on both sides - have been signed by local advocates willing to stand behind their words. Instead, the person or persons behind these postcards apparently knew they were shameful and they were too cowardly to attach their names to the attack.
Here’s hoping that everyone who received a postcard did what these messages deserved - tossed them in the waste basket and rejected the message.