At the end of Week Two, a couple of dispatches from the less-than-high road in Election 2011. Happy (I think) to print more if you have examples.
Internet 'dirty tricks' mar candidate’s campaign
KITCHENER — Dirty tricks have come to federal election campaigns in Waterloo Region.
Bob Rosehart, the Liberal candidate in Kitchener-Conestoga, was shocked to find that when people type his name into their computers looking for campaign information, they get automatically redirected to a site that makes sharp, personal criticisms of Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff.
Type in bobrosehart.com or bobrosehart.ca and instead you get michaelignatieff.me which features the Liberal leader on the cover of what looks like a tabloid-style gossip magazine.
“Elitist exclusive: I’m just visiting,” the headline says, emphasizing the fact that Ignatieff has lived in the United States for many years.
And: “I am horribly arrogant and sure of myself.”
The site is authorized by the registered agent for the Conservative party.
Meanwhile, former National Citizens' Coalition head Gerry Nicholls sent out this email today:
FYI -- just wanted to make clear I am saddened and sickend by the recent NCC attack on Ignatieff's wife.
When I was at the NCC it was a non-partisan group dedicated to fighting for free market ideals.
Yes we were tough but not sleazy.
Sadly, that's changed. The organization has clearly lost its way.