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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Lewis Reed V. Francis Slay: Top Ten Craziest Campaign Fights in Mayor's Race (PHOTOS)

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2. The (Gay) Hitler Meme?


This makes the top of our list, in part, because Daily RFT got a healthy dose of negative feedback for our coverage. At the center of this controversy was a bizarre video made by anonymous Slay opponents that depicted the mayor as Hitler -- and then went on to imply that he's gay and has inappropriate thoughts about his male chief of staff.

Some Reed supporters thought it was comical and shared it around. We wrote about it. Reed personally condemned it. It was removed from YouTube.

Full Story: Francis Slay: Hitler Video Meme (That Implies Mayor is Gay) Promoted By Lewis Reed Backers

1. Just Vote for Jimmie Matthews

Jimmie Matthews. - SAM LEVIN
  • Sam Levin
  • Jimmie Matthews.

This controversy from yesterday might be our favorite Lewis Reed v. Francis Slay fight -- because it involves the much-ignored third candidate Jimmie Matthews.

Attacks began yesterday after State Senator Jamilah Nasheed wrote on Facebook: "If you don't like Slay because he is white-vote for [Jimmie] Matthews because Reed is no different than Slay!"

The significance? According to the Reed camp, the post was proof that Matthews is a so-called stalking horse candidate planted to siphon black votes away from Reed. Slay's campaign, however, said it was offensive to assume that if there are two black candidates, one must be a fake. Matthews, on the other hand, says he's in it to win it.

Full Story: Jamilah Nasheed for Francis Slay: Vote Jimmie Matthews if You Don't Like the White Mayor

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