This evening I received a copy of the above mailer from the Singh campaign (which told me that one of its staffers received it in the mail today). Several quotes and positions are attributed to interviews published here at Blacknell.net. Of singular concern to me is the first bulleted statement on the top left of the mailer – “Amit said he will not vote for John McCain in November – Interview with Blacknell.net 3/26/08”. Nowhere on Blacknell.net will you find any statement or quote from Amit Singh that even gets close to implying such a thing, and at no time in my interview with Amit Singh did he make such a statement. The Ellmore campaign mailer is – in a word – false.
Political candidates are free, of course, to argue over and characterize each other’s positions as they please. They are not, however, entitled to make demonstrably false statements and source those statements to third parties such as myself. At the moment, if any voter who has received this mailing decides to look further into its claims by coming to Blacknell.net, the Ellmore campaign has created a situation in which it appears that one of us is lying (the campaign by its claim about what can be found here, or me at Blacknell.net by no such thing being here). This is unacceptable.
The Singh campaign has communicated to me that intends to do all it can to communicate to 8th CD voters that the statement at hand is false. I expect the Ellmore campaign to do the same thing.
(The front of the mailer is here. I personally altered it solely to remove the name of the addressee. That is the only change that has been made.)
Update: The Ellmore campaign contacted me – after some time – and acknowledged that the claim at hand was false, attributing it to a production error (i.e., a mixup while changing the claims and sources on the flier and making the final selection). I’ve pasted the campaign’s statement to that effect in the comments below. There has been much ado over the flier amongst Virginia Republican sites, and if you want details, well, that’s where to go. If you’re more interested in the issues, I have a my final pre-primary piece on the race up here.