State Democrats claim legislative candidate harassed by Republican opponent

Mae Flexer

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– The state Democratic party is claiming that one of their candidates for the state legislature, a woman, is being subjected to harassment by her Republican opponent.

It all involves those hated robo-calls, and tonight the Democrats say they’ve gone to the state police about the issue.

This centers on a vacant State Senate Seat (the 29th State Senate District) in northeastern Connecticut. Democrat Mae Flexer is in a tough race for that State Senate seat. She says she filed a complaint with the state police after receiving dozens of phone calls that an investigation has now linked to a phone number associated with her Republican opponent’s campaign.

“Then last night I got 40 phone calls from the same number, the same behavior, I would answer, no one would be there,” said Flexer at a news conference on the State Capitol steps today. “I’d let it go to voicemail, there’d be dead air on my voicemail. They called 40 times between 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.”

“If someone harassed inappropriately, that is unfortunate and they should be investigated,” said Republican candidate John French, in an e-mail. “Our campaign has had no part in approving that behavior.”

French admits his campaign is using robo-calls and says that when a constituent presses the ‘one’ key on their phone, they are transferred directly to the Flexer campaign and that his campaign has no control over what is being said.

In this case, according to Flexer, nothing was said, she just kept getting the annoying calls.

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