Over the past few weeks, an anonymous group calling itself Common Sense has sent out mailers containing inaccurate claims about Ted O'Brien, the Democratic candidate for the 55th Senate District. O'Brien filed complaints about three mailers with the League of Women Voters' Fair Election Practices Committee. (For more background, see City's previous story on the situation, "Campaign mystery mail.")
The committee issued its ruling today, in O'Brien's favor. O'Brien filed the complaints against his opponent, Republican Sean Hanna. But well in advance of the ruling Hanna denied knowledge of the mailers and said neither he nor his campaign has any connection to Common Sense.
While saying that the mailings' claims were false, the committee's rulings also said that:
"The committee accepts the statement of Sean Hanna that he had no knowledge of nor did he authorize the mailings, and further he is not responsible for them."
"Sean Hanna appropriately publicly repudiated the mailings both prior to and subsequent to the hearing on the allegations."