MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. – The phony Facebook account that was painting embattled Mount Vernon Mayor Ernest Davis in an unflattering light has been officially shut down just weeks before the Democratic primary.
For several weeks, a Facebook page that was allegedly created on behalf of Davis’ re-election campaign, was posting incendiary comments on the Internet, prompting a response from the incumbent mayor who is facing a staunch challenge in the upcoming primary and subsequent election.
“I am pleased to be able to inform (the community) that Facebook has shut down a phony page that was designed to impersonate my campaign and give voters false information,” he stated. “Tactics like these are cheap attempts to confuse people and spread lies, and detract from the real issues we face in this election.”
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. Currently, he said that there are just four Facebook pages that are authorized to operate on his behalf.
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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