Two anti-establishment 30th CD candidates - Democrat Charles Ober and Republican Tom Ognibene - will team up (today) to denounce an anonymous letter recently received by residents throughout the Queens district that attacks Ober because he is gay.
Ober's campaign alleges that the letter, which employs the word "faggot" multiple times, is part of a "dirty tricks" effort to undermine his candidacy.
In a brief phone interview, Ober, who says he is the first openly-gay candidate for office in the 30th CD, declined to say who he thought was behind the letter, but did note that he is not being supported by the Queens Democratic Party, which is backing Elizabeth Crowley, cousin of Rep. Joe Crowley, the party chair.
Ober, Ognibene Decry Anti-Gay 'Hate Mail' In The 30th
"It's outrageous that Charles Ober is allowing himself to be used by Tom Ognibene and the Republicans, since Ognibene’s entire career has been an affront to everything Ober claims to stand for.
Rather than standing with Republican Tom Ognibene, Charles Ober should work with other Democrats to take back this seat for the party." - Alyson Grant, campaign manager for Liz Crowley
You'd think they'd try to deny authoring the flier instead of making such an asinine statement attacking the victim. So they probably did send it out. This sounds like typical Queens Machine tactics.