If dirty tricks means desperation, the Hein and Auerbach campaigns must be desperate. The latest trick from the campaign playbook has been to put up Democratic lawn signs on the property of high ranking officials in the Republican Party.
The "sign-putter-uppers" then lay in wait, like a snake in the grass to watch the unsuspecting property owner remove the unauthorized sign from their property, and then SNAP their picture doing it.
The next step will be to submit the photographs to local papers and claim the Republicans are taking down Democratic lawn signs.
Never mind the fact that someone has been beating the crap out of the Quigley and Bernardo signs all over Ulster County. A drive though Route 209 is all you need to do to see that someone has taken a gun and obliterated the top half of many Quigley signs with bullets or beebees. Before they were fixed, some maniac in Stone Ridge had broken the wood stands of the Quigley / Bernardo signs in several locations.
Intimidation... yes. A couple who submitted a letter to the editor critical of Hein and supportive of Bernardo received a phone call from Lew Kirschner telling them that they really shouldn't talk about things that they don't know about. The man that Lew called is a County employee. Lew said that he was the Democratic County Treasurer... that's not too intimating is it? If that man is fired, there will be lawsuits up the ying yang.
On the radio, after a Bernardo ad ran, the host of the show Lew Kirschner told listeners to "not believe the ad and that it's all a bunch of baloney" We hear the Bernardo campaign got 30 free ad spots out of that one.
The dirty tricks started early.... ants.... double tax bills.... being left out of the tourist guide
Ulster County Legislator and UCDC Board Member (and Mike Hein facebook friend too) Hector Rodriguez making false statements, all so he could get the headline in the paper so that Mike Hein could use the headline on his mailer. Apparently Mike Hein still doesn't know the difference between a $1.4 million dollar bond/loan and someone using their own money for a project. At least Rodriguez admitted he was wrong. It seems that Mike is still trying to figure it out.
Never mind the fact that the headlines were retracted. When you use dirty tricks that doesn't matter... the only thing that matters is getting the headline to smear your opponent.
The staff at Ulster Politics has also learned that there have been Denial of Service attacks (DOS) attacks on the LenBernardo.com. Just because they have the dirty tricks doesn't mean that they won't be caught.... All you DOSers.... your IP address is forever registered. Does the address Rivergate LLC, 104 Smith Avenue mean anything to anyone?
The staff at Ulster Politics has also learned that there are even more serious criminal dirty tricks which could end in arrest. Anyone ever seen the clips of "stupid criminals"? Get ready for the Ulster County edition.