MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. – With just weeks to go before the Democratic primary next month, embattled Mount Vernon Mayor Ernest Davis is warning voters that you can’t believe everything you hear after a phony Facebook page painted him in an unflattering light.
Late on Monday afternoon, Davis’ camp sent out an email blast to his constituents, alerting the community that a fake Facebook page has been created on behalf of his campaign, where incendiary comments were posted on the Internet.
“I am concerned about the creation of a phony Facebook page,” he stated. “I want those of you who don’t already realize it, that the creators of this page have been posting phony, misleading, insulting and disrespectful comments and pretending that these posts are coming from.”
The road leading to the Sept. 10 Democratic primary has been a bumpy one for Davis, as he has come under siege as local activists and politicians attempted to get his name off the ballot as he remains on probation for tax fraud charges.
Davis noted that during the campaign, a lot of information and disinformation has been disseminated to the community. As a result of the latest Facebook hijacking, he said he’s considering blocking the page from public comment and reporting the incidences to Facebook officials to determine if any federal offenses have been committed by the hackers.
There’s a large crowd vying for Davis’ seat, including Sen. Ruth Hassell-Thompson, City Councilman Richard Thomas, former Mayor Clinton Young and Comptroller Maureen Walker.
“I am not surprised in this political season, someone would stoop so low. There has been a lot of incorrect information being given to the public and placed in public records. There are people who are also giving incorrect and misleading information to the newspapers and the courts,” he added.
“A number of people are being used as pawns in this nasty election to deprive the Democratic voters of a fair election.”
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