A mailer sent to voters in Sullivan County has labeled a Democratic candidate for county court judge as wanting to “bring socialism” to the county and supporting the legalization of drugs–both claims, the candidate says, are false and a breach of ethics.
The claims were then repeated in an additional eight-page mailer, designed to look like a newspaper, that appeared to offer an endorsement for the candidate’s opponent, the Republican candidate.
Those attacks were directed at Cynthia Dolan, a Democrat running to be the next county court judge in Sullivan County. The position opened up this year when Justice Frank LaBuda reached the mandatory retirement age of 70.
Dolan’s GOP opponent, Sullivan County District Attorney Jim Farrell, has claimed full responsibility for the mailer’s content and said in social media postings that it is justified by what he terms as “spurious” and “false” allegations about his record as the county’s top prosecutor.