This e-mail made the rounds of the political blogs this past week. "Oh my God! Ober was just acting like a spoiler and never wanted to win! What sour grapes!" The press had a field day with it, linking to it over and over again, even when they didn't have to.
The truth is that the Ober campaign never sent this e-mail out. How do I know?
- First of all, QC is on the Ober campaign's e-mailing list and is also thanked in the letter. QC never received this e-mail on June 5th or anytime thereafter.
- It wasn't until almost a week after it was allegedly sent out that it was "leaked" to the media by an unnamed "Democratic operative".
- None of the people or organizations mentioned in the letter were copied on it.
- None of the "supporters, volunteers, friends and workers" it was addressed to received it.
- The first website to post it was Juniper Park Patriots at 1:07pm on Wednesday afternoon. Originally, the Patriots wrote that they received a "press release from the Ober for Council Campaign", then they changed it to say it was "an e-mail from the Ober for Council Campaign". They also happen to have the entire thing transcribed... (Yes there are pink fingerprints on this one.)
- JPCA, Christine Wilkinson, Pat Adams at the Forum and this blog all have one thing in common besides geography - all are sworn enemies of disgraced former councilman Dennis Gallagher; none but Wilkinson actually endorsed Ober. Ober would never thank JPCA because its president sent out a personal letter telling voters to choose Ognibene. In addition, there were many leaders and groups from Ridgewood and Glendale who appeared in Ober campaign material but they were not thanked in the letter. I'm sure you are starting to get it - this does not make a bit of sense.
- QC has received many e-mails from Sam Esposito over the course of the campaign and he has never signed anything as "Ober for Council Campaign". He signs it as "Ober for Council" and includes the mailing address, phone and fax numbers and e-mail address of the campaign. He also always writes a subject line and lists the e-mail addresses of the people CC'd and all can see who else got it.
- Charles Ober has stated that this e-mail did not come from his campaign. Sam Esposito says he never sent this out. The blogs that posted it admit that they never spoke with either of them to confirm its authenticity. A perfect example is The Politicker: "I left a message for Esposito and was unable to reach Ober via cell phone. (But who cares? I'll just run with it anyway.)" You'll end up back at the Trib writing about sandwiches again if you keep that crap up, friend!
Daily News, Observer, et al: You've been had. How does it feel to get screwed by the Machine? Now you can sympathize with the plight of Queens.