Nothing in this post is meant to belittle or make light of the seriousness of the alleged threats.
Yesterday, the media reported that Ald. Stone received a piece of anti-semitic mail -- a defaced copy of one of his mailers.
That same media report states that there are now allegations that Stone's own camp may have put the defaced mailer "stunt" in motion to garner sympathy and media attention to his campaign.
If that is true, how pathetic can you be. To exploit such a dire issue for your own political gain is... well, unspeakable.
On a different but similar note...
Greg Brewer's front page now reports a bomb threat that his office received "yesterday" (I don't know if the post was put up today or yesterday). Here's a screen capture of Brewer's front page in case it is removed.
Again, by no means do I belittle the seriousness of the matter... but what does this have to do with ward issues? Is it really important enough to get top billing on the candidate's front page? Meanwhile, correct me if I'm wrong, but we haven't heard a well-developed peep from Brewer's website on any ward issues.
The thing that these two incidents have in common is that, even if they are true, they gain pity/sympathy-based attention for the candidate, not affirmative, skill-based attention. Yes, it's horrible that Stone, Brewer, or anyone be the brunt of such threats. But the attention a candidate gets should be based on the merits of their political performance - whether that's their stances on the issues, their professional abilities, or their personal charm. It's kind of "cheap" to capitalize on victim-based attention. I know for a fact that Dolar's camp has also been victimized by unknown aggressors trying to intimidate them (I was told the facts in confidence, so you'll have to trust me -- and if you don't, then watch as the rest of this sentence remains true), but you will not hear them cry "foul" and play the victim.