On Saturday, placards appeared on Warren Street linking Bujan and Volo with Donald Trump and two of the most heinous incidents of his administration: the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, and migrant children separated from their parents and kept in "cages" at the border.
On Sunday afternoon, Tom DePietro released a statement denying any involvement with what he called the "nasty signs":
I want to make clear: I had no prior knowledge of and in no way approve of some nasty signs posted around town linking Rob Bujan with Donald Trump. I couldn't care less what lines he runs on. I'm on the Democratic line because I won a Democratic primary by a considerable margin. I've also asked Rob to reconsider his claim that I somehow have engaged in "dirty tricks." I have not and I will not.To Gossips' knowledge, neither of Volo's opponents has made a public statement about the signs.
There has been nastiness in Hudson politics in the past. One year, a mayoral candidate was depicted on a mailer from the opposition with a long Pinocchio nose, and a candidate for Council president was shown as a marionette with someone unseen pulling the strings. But never before has the partisan acrimony that exists in national politics been dragged into local politics to imply that two progressive Democrats have somehow undergone an ideological transformation and become quintessential Trumpists, with all the deplorable traits that implies, simply because their names appear on Row B on the ballot.
It is often argued that local elections should be nonpartisan, and, according to the National League of Cities, in 22 of the 30 most populous cities in the country, they are. One of the arguments for partisan local elections is that, without party labels, voters must know the candidates in order to have a meaningful basis for casting a ballot. Surely, in a city of 6,200, knowing the candidates, what they have achieved and what they stand for, and voting for a candidate and not a party is not too much to ask.
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