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Wrong campaign mailer riles up Stamford Democrats

October 4, 2018

STAMFORD — A mistaken mailer has shaken up the race for the seat long held by Democrat State Sen. Carlo Leone.

Republican challenger Gerald Bosak Jr. recently solicited support in the 27th district with a postcard, which listed a polling location — Our Lady Star of the Sea on Shippan Avenue. The problem: It was sent to some residents who vote elsewhere, some of them registered Democrats.

The Democratic City Committee promptly called out the mailer, fearing it would syphon its party’s votes by incorrectly sending people to Star of the Sea. Bosak responded by adding miles to his pavement pounding by pledging — in a well-produced video posted on his Facebook campaign page — to personally visit each home that received a faulty polling place in its mailbox.

City Democratic Committee Chairman Josh Fedeli said the mailer is an indication of either “gross incompetence” or “mail fraud and deliberate misinformation.”

Ron Malloy, Democratic registrar of voters, said his office received a handful of calls about the mailer, but didn’t think it was anything nefarious.

“I tend not to think the worst,” he said. “That someone inadvertently pushed the wrong button.”

Bosak said it was less a wrong button issue and more the result of an incorrect list.

Bosak said he outsourced his mailers to a company that inadvertently switched two lists of voters. He had hoped to provide a service by listing the polling location, but learned of the error soon after the postcards went out.

He estimates there were 20 homes that received bad information. Last weekend, he visited several of them with the right polling location in hand.

Bosak said the outsourcing was a mistake, and his campaign will now handle its own mailers.

Still, “It’s my responsibility,” he said. “I should have double, triple checked it.”

Bosak said his campaign has “not received one email, one phone call or one complaint.”

Malloy said voters will soon receive postcards from City Hall with voting locations.

barry.lytton@stamfordadvocate.com; 203-964-2263; @bglytton

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