In the closing days to Tuesday’s Democratic primary for Board of Education some mail pieces have gotten edgy. Political activists examine mail pieces to determine an appropriate response or how to spin it back in their candidates’ favor. Campaign operatives for the endorsed slate (Kathryn Bukovsky, Simon Castillo, Brandon Clark) aligned with Mayor Bill Finch know a thing or two about drawing a contrast against the opposition.
One mail piece paid for by the Democratic State Central Committee on behalf of the endorsed slate claims the challengers “FAIL THE TEST” for school governance. It takes a swipe at Andre Baker, a member of the challenge slate, claiming taxpayers paid for his steak dinners and martinis on trips to New York City, a reference to his stipend allowance as a member of the City Council.
A mail piece sent by the challenge slate, Andre Baker, Howard Gardner and Dave Hennessey, declares “For decades endorsed Democrats have controlled our schools and all we have to show for it is failing schools, high drop-out rates and an arrogant administration that is unresponsive to the community. It’s time to elect leaders who answer to us.”
In the final days of the campaign, operatives on behalf of the endorsed slate will spread the word the challenge slate is supported by Ernie Newton, convicted on corruption charges and Coviello who received campaign donations as a mayoral candidate from a reputed organized crime figure. You might remember this video attack on Foster from her 2011 mayoral race financed by political action committee A Better Connecticut. It includes former City Councilman Joel “Speedy” Gonzalez who’s also supporting the challenge slate.