Racist Paterson election flyer described as fake mail piece | Paterson Times

Racist Paterson election flyer described as fake mail piece


The city’s voters received a racist flyer in the mail that describes former mayor Jose “Joey” Torres and Martin Barnes using racial epithets. Flyer also attacks gays and Muslims. The mailer purports to come from a super PAC that has been attacking councilman Andre Sayegh’s opponents in the six men mayoral race.

Joe Waks, chairman of the super PAC, Progressive Values Committee of Bayonne, condemned the flyer on Sunday morning, calling it a “fake news mail piece” dropped by Sayegh’s opponents.

“We think it is a disgusting piece and we have absolutely nothing to do with it,” said Waks.

The mailer claims to be paid for by and sent by Waks’s committee. However, it does not share the same characteristic as those pieces sent by the committee targeting candidates Alex Mendez, William McKoy, and Pedro Rodriguez.

Racist mailer received by Paterson voters (front).

Racist mailer received by Paterson voters (front).

For example, the super PAC’s has been “micro targeting” voters. Its flyers also list specific names and addresses of recipients. The racist flyer does not micro target nor does it identify a recipient.

The racist flyer is also poorly written compared to attack mailers against Mendez, McKoy, and Rodriguez. “Is time for the Christian silent majority to make Paterson great again!” reads the racist flyer.

The racist piece is sent to “Current Resident.” It encourages voters to back Sayegh on Election Day by asserting that Hispanics, blacks, gays, and Muslims “ran the city to the ground.”

Sayegh called the piece “despicable.” His campaign has been aimed at gathering support from the city’s many different racial and ethnic groups.

“We’re sending it to the prosecutor’s office,” said Sayegh on Sunday. Other campaigns also condemned the flyer.

“It’s not only offensive, but it’s racist. We condemn their behavior,” said former school board member Pedro Rodriguez.

Rodriguez has been targeted twice by the super PAC. “I don’t buy that story,” he said when told Waks denounced the mailer. “That PAC is creating hate.”

Racist mailer received by Paterson voters (back).

Racist mailer received by Paterson voters (back).

Rodriguez said his campaign had nothing to do with the racist mailer.

Mendez’s people were deeply upset by flyers the super PAC sent to target their candidates last month.

Mendez’s flyers raised questions about his failure to file campaign finance reports. He still has yet to file his required campaign finance reports.

Mendez did not respond to a call for comments for this report. Alex Cruz did not respond to a call for comment.

Councilmen Michael Jackson and William McKoy could not immediately be reached for comments.

“Whomever produced this garbage should be ashamed of themselves,” said Waks.

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  • John Jackson

    Who are the 2 politicians that were called fag and muslim?

  • Paterson Pulse Paterson Pulse

    Paterson's not this ignorant.
    The $119,000 question is, who would benefit from these flyers? the same person that would benefit from the others. Now you know where it came from any why.
    Its allegedly intended to falsely implicate the other candidates so he can win by his PAC.
    I advise Pedro to keep going, don't get distracted with these childish games. We are focusing on building the city and changing everything, making Paterson a city people can love again. This is just desperation when you have no good history or record to run on.

    • ibby omar

      Your a joke

  • Dominick Perez

    My money is on Florio doing this, these scumbags will do anything to win. Slumlord Florio stands to get even wealthier than he already is when his boy Andre wins on Tuesday. His boy will ensure he gets to buy up the rest of the slums on the cheap that he doesn't already own. The other scumbags running don't stand a chance. The losers are the moron voters of Paterson who vote these corrupt scumbags in every time.

    • MarquinhoGaucho

      Tell the truth Dominick you are the one behind the flyers hahaha

      • Dominick Perez

        Fortunately I moved out of that shthole years ago, I watch with bemusement how these corrupt scumbags keep getting elected by the moron voters. Then they complain that Paterson is a shthole lol wild stuff.

  • Robert Tyler

    Regardless of who sent it, which is a exercise in frutility, the desired effect was palpable and odious. Sayegh's laughable attempt at indignation and a investigation will provide some good black slapping when he meets with the person who sent it for drinks. Paterson is aptly targeted to be reconstituted. As the census shows between 2000 and 2010, the white demographic in Paterson has more than doubled. The Hispanics number nearly 60 percent. Certainly those numbers will dissipate in the coming years.