There are claims of absentee ballot forgery in West Haven and on Friday, Mayor Ed O’Brien fired back at the allegations.
On Friday, the mayor's campaign manager said simply, the accusations are a lie and claimed they have the evidence to prove it.
"This to me is nothing more than a sign of a campaign that's fledging,” Brent Coscia, who is the campaign manager to O'Brien for Mayor, said. “It’s going downhill."
The three-person race for mayor in west haven is really heating up especially between two Democrats. Nancy Rossi's campaign won the primary back in September and questioned on Thursday whether O'Brien’s camp had forged signatures on absentee ballot applications.
"Why would you fill out an application and sign someone else's name,” Rossi said. “And that's what these people are alleging."
The two ballot applications in question were collected by O’Brien’s mother and on Friday, his campaign manager responded. Coscia said the accusation that the mayor's mom would forge a signature is a flat-out lie.
"You can take a look at the applications, you'll see the signatures are practically identical and the lady is saying she did not fill it out, send it in, sign it, but yet, here is a copy of her return ballot,” Coscia said. “These are the personal stickers, you get in the mail, she put it on her ballot, nobody in our campaign did that, nobody signed."
But, when Eyewitness News asked Thursday, Sharon Alling told Channel 3 neither she nor her son ever signed that first application.
"I never signed nothing, but the other guy came to my house, I did sign,” Alling said. “I told him I got a paper, he went to make copies, they forged my son's name and my name."
That led Rossi's camp to issue a complaint with the police.
"The two people have now signed affidavits, stating that they never requested these ballots and their signatures are not theirs,” Rossi said.
Now, O’Brien’s team said it’s considering whether or not to go after Rossi’s campaign for defamation of character.
"The mayor's mother is not fair game, the mayor is,” Coscia said. “If you want to pick on the mayor, he's a big boy, you want to pick on me as a campaign manager, I'm a big boy we can take it. But you don't pick on his mother, that's a low blow even in this election."
It’s been contentious and with less than three weeks to go until Election Day, there is sure to be more back and forth between the campaigns.
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