Anonymous Fliers Return to Knoxville Mayor’s Race

A second anonymous flier attacking Knoxville mayoral candidate Madeline Rogero has been distributed throughout the city and parts of Knox County and signed “Shade with The Shadow,” reports Georgiana Vines.
Much of the flier is a repeat of one distributed before the Sept. 27 primary. Rogero and her opponent, Mark Padgett, face each other in the Nov. 8 runoff election.
…Chip Barry, Rogero’s campaign manager, said Rogero supporters have contacted the headquarters about the flier.
“They’ve received it and are irritated it’s in their newspaper boxes,” he said.
Laura Braden, Padgett’s communications director, said the campaign has had nothing to do with it.
“We don’t condone anonymous mailers. We want to run on issues,” she said.
She said Padgett’s staff has had its own “tangible” irritations — big Padgett signs being taken down.
“It costs time and money to replace them,” she said.
University of Tennessee political scientist Michael Fitzgerald said using anonymous fliers in election campaigns is the modern equivalent of “bushwhacking” in the old West — “and just as reprehensible.”

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