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Political mailers could use an editor

September 25, 2018

A fresh round of mailers sent by state Sen. Toni Boucher’s re-election campaign touting her accomplishments includes one endorsement that stands out.

Boucher, R-Wilton, quoted beloved Westporter Bill Meyer on her mailer. “To know Toni is to love her,” the mailer reads.

But Meyer, whom Boucher credits as a former member of Friends of the Westport Senior Center, died in 2014 — two election cycles ago. He was 84 and has fought a year-long battle with cancer.

“He was a very, very dear friend of mine that passed away,” Boucher said, choking up as she recalled memories from their friendship. “He and his wife and I became very close friends over many years. He gave me that quote to use going forward because he believed in our mission. Bill actually was the reason that so many people got to know me ... We had over 20 people we could have used but there are some people that are very special people in your life.”

Boucher said Meyer gave her the quote just before he died in 2014 to use in her campaigns going forward, but the mailer does not indicate that the quote is old or that Meyer approved its use beyond his death.

A story printed by The Norwalk Hour at the time of his death in 2014 lists Meyer’s extensive community involvement, including volunteering with some Republican political campaigns, and paints him as a beloved community member. Boucher said she met Bill in 2008 when she first rain for state Senate, and he helped with her campaigns all the way through 2014, including going door-to-door with her while he was ill.

“He helped Democrats just as strongly as he helped the Republicans that he liked,” Boucher said, adding that she is still heartbroken over his death

“For all that he did, he never once said a negative word about anyone.”

In other mailer faux pas, state Sen. Heather Somers, R-Groton, who is running for re-election to the state Senate, sent out mailers that say, “Heather Somers, Lt. Governor,” over an image of Connecticut. Somers ran for lieutenant governor in 2014.

Whoops.

Staff writer Ken Dixon contributed to this report.

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