Anonymous mailers fly in (potential) Putnam County executive race

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Someone is targeting Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell with mailers criticizing her record with seniors and the county’s golf course. But it’s not clear who’s behind them.

ComparisonAt least two anonymous, unsigned pieces of political mail have gone out en masse in Putnam County in recent weeks, criticizing Odell as she faces re-election this year. One obtained by Gannett’s Albany Bureau criticizes Odell’s recent declaration of 2014 being the “year of the senior” in Putnam, but has no information about who funded the mail or is supporting it.

“Year of the senior??” the mailer reads. “Or just a politician attempting to execute damage control…”

Odell, a Republican, is seeking her first full term in office this year after she won a special election in 2011. Former state Sen. Vincent Leibell was elected in 2010, but pleaded guilty to two felony tax evasion and obstruction of justice charges before he took office.

Sen. Greg Ball, R-Patterson, Putnam County, has been weighing a primary challenge to Odell, but his website, Facebook page and various campaign signs. It’s also featured on a billboard on Route 9 in Garrison — which is part of Putnam County, but not part of Ball’s district.

When asked whether Ball had anything to do with the anonymous mail, Ball spokesman Joe Bachmeier said in an email: “No clue on the mail.” Bachmeier said Ball has had a billboard in the Garrison area “on and off, for years now.”

(A comparison of the fonts is above. At the top is the font from the mailer; at bottom is the font from a graphic on Ball’s website highlighting a petition for his push to flag 6 percent of state contracts for businesses owned by service-disabled veterans.)

Odell on Tuesday declined to speculate on who may have been behind the anonymous mail.

“When you choose to make statements like that and you don’t put your name to it, you can’t really take them seriously. And to that point, I think it’s also an individual who clearly doesn’t understand the issues in Putnam County. The facts, they’re just not true.”

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  1. PUTNAM CITIZEN on

    All these annymous mailings are funny. But, if I were a betting man I would say Putnam Valley democrats.

    In all fairness, it’s not all of them. There’s just a few who anonymously spread lies and hurtful things. The funny thing is that they haven’t learned that it doesn’t work. Just look at the last 2 or 3 elections. The same people run on the dem line, they get whopped each and every time, then next election, all over again.

  2. I guess Senator Ball is the chicken

    Let’s bring out the chicken suit

    Why wouldn’t he admit it’s him that put out this mailer?

    It’s time to send him the pink slip.

    The RINO Ball gotta go

  3. This is easy to find out who the culprit is; it is the Democrats who have a candidate up against Maryellen Odell. The Democrats are the only announced opposition she has at this time, everything else is simply speculation.

  4. Jonathan Kruk on

    It’s cowardice to produce a flier criticizing a public figure without having the decency to say who you are. Here “Anonymous” strives to avoid democratic dialog in favor or accusation to poison voter’s minds. State your name and intentions! BTW, it’s not any organized dems on the eastern end of Putnam. Finally, what a shock finding someone calling Greg (Tea-Party, Off the Wall) Ball a RHINO! Who do you want as State Senator? Attila the Hun!

  5. PUTNAM CITIZEN on

    Speaking of organized dems. This is a direct quote from the former Putnam valley Democratic Party co-chairs person:

    “Bob-O says that we shouldn’t look at anonymous mailings. Outlandish accusations, he says. How else would we know what is going on? ”

    This in my opinion tells me volumes of ones morals. Unless of course it’s done to them. Then it’s a far right conspiracy or something like that.

    Unfortunately there are people who resort to this type of nonsense and then look the people who they just tried to discredit in the eye and smile, pretend like it never happened.