BRISTOL - A third wave of postcards against Mayor Ken Cockayne were mailed to residents early this week alleging corruption in City Hall and acknowledging the findings of the independent investigation that led to the mayor’s censure.
The postcards were mailed to residents Monday and Tuesday with no return address. Though, each postcard had a postage stamp and "The Real controversy is corruption!" typed above the residents’ names and addresses. How many postcards were mailed out in the third wave is unknown.
On the fronts of the white postcards in large, black letters reads, "Oops ... He did it again!" Below that in smaller black letters states, "Mayor Cockayne broke more local, state and federal laws. Abuse of Power and Corruption. Again."
The backs of the postcards reference the independent investigation by attorney Michael Rose that was the basis of the City Council’s censure of Cockayne on Oct. 16.
Below all of this on the backs of the postcards reads, “This individual exercise of the first amendment (514 U.S. 334 (1995)) is not sponsored by any candidate or political party."
When asked about the postcards, Cockayne, a Republican, reluctantly commented: “This is the worst campaign I’ve ever been through and it’s nothing but character assassination.”
In response to the third postcards, Democratic candidate for mayor, Ellen Zoppo-Sassu said, “I think that this postcard was different and that it mentioned this person’s First Amendment rights. I still think anything anonymous isn’t credible and there’s better ways to take part in the political process. And again, as we have stated numerous times, we have nothing to do with this. We don’t know where they’re coming from, but we have a good idea and don’t condone this behavior.”
The first two waves of postcards - which were more graphic and detailed, were mailed to residents over a weekend shortly into the month of October and before the mayor’s censure. They were quickly denounced by the Democratic Town Committee and Zoppo-Sassu.
Those two postcards referenced previous claims of sexual harassment and retaliation by a female city employee against Cockayne that were also independently investigated by Rose and are now being handled in the New Britain Superior Court.
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