Congressional Campaign Accuses Local Paper of Selling Its Endorsement

 Congressional Campaign Accuses Local Paper of Selling Its Endorsement
Christopher Wight (Photo: Facebook)

The campaign of Republican congressional candidate Christopher Wight believes there was a conspiracy behind the endorsement of his Democratic rival, Carolyn Maloney, in the local Our Town newspaper (also known as the N.Y. Press). Nick Mackey, a spokesman for Mr. Wight, sent out a statement entitled ”’Our Town’ Newspaper Sells Endorsement to Maloney” this weekend detailing the campaign’s belief the paper traded its endorsement for ad sales.

“Kate Walsh of the New York Press (Our Town newspaper) sales department recently informed Christopher Wight’s campaign that Carolyn Maloney had spent over $10,000 on ad buys in their newspapers during this election cycle and encouraged Mr. Wight to do the same,” Mr. Mackey wrote. “In addition, Ms. Walsh coordinated the October 26, 2012 endorsement interview between Mr. Wight and newspaper’s editors. During several conversations with campaign staff to arrange the endorsement interview, Ms. Walsh strongly encouraged the campaign to purchase ad space in the online and print editions of the newspaper.”

Our Town is published by Manhattan Media LLC and the company’s CEO, Tom Allon is running as a Republican in next year’s mayoral election. Mr. Allon referred questions about this story to the company’s chairman, Richard Burns, who vehemently denied his paper engages in “pay for play” and said it would be “irresponsible” to “run a story based on a press release of a disgruntled political operative casting libelous aspersions.”

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Mayoral Candidate Tom Allon Likes His Chances in 2013

tomallon Mayoral Candidate Tom Allon Likes His Chances in 2013
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Conventional wisdom in the 2013 Mayoral race suggests newspaper Tom Allon is a longshot to win in a field that’s expected to include 2009 runner up Bill Thompson, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Comptroller John Liu and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer. Mr. Allon got his campaign off to a head start this week with the race’s first TV commercial and a new web site.

Yesterday, he explained his reasons for getting in the game early and why he thinks he can win to the Observer. “I wouldn’t call it a field of heavyweights.” Mr. Allon said.  “It is, you know, I think a wide open race.”
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