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Anonymous mailer a shameful tactic : Editorials : Oswego Ledger-Sentinel : Hometown Newspaper for Oswego and Montgomery, Illinois
Anonymous mailer a shameful tactic

A despicable little postcard arrived in hundreds of Kendall County mailboxes the weekend before the March 20 primary election.

It included selected, out of context quotes from County Board member Anne Vickery. And it was from...Well, there's the question. And if you had any questions about it you could ask...

Ironically, the card says it's from the Kendall County Citizens for Honest Government, although the senders weren't honest enough to say who they were. And it lists a post office box in Oswego as its address, making it hard to find this "group."

Since they arrived in the mail so close to the election, Vickery had little opportunity to respond to the post cards. Too late to get out her own mailing. Too late to place a rebuttal ad. No more candidate forums. And not even possible to challenge the writer in person.

This wasn't the only anonymous mailing received in this local election. There was another from a group seeking the elimination of the recorder's and auditor's offices. At least in that case, the folks opposed to the separate office identified themselves through letters to the editor during the campaign.

But whether you agree with the information in either mailer or are totally opposed, you had no way to respond or rather no one to respond to.

We have had our differences with Anne Vickery in the past, but find this campaign tactic absolutely unforgivable. It's impossible to say whether it contributed to her loss in the primary, but it certainly didn't give her a fair chance.

We have heard considerable speculation about who might have been responsible for the postcard, but there is no certainty. What is particularly unfair is that someone might think it came from other candidates for the County Board in District 2 who hoped to defeat Vickery, even if they had nothing to do with it.

Nasty, anonymous ads have become the hallmark of presidential and U.S. Senate and House campaigns. We hate to see this trend trickle down to the local level where you have to wonder if the hate mail came from your next-door neighbor.

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