State Conservative Party calls on Rotterdam candidates to stop using its logo
The state Conservative Party sent cease and desist letters to several Rotterdam candidates running for election after the party logo appeared on a direct mail on behalf of the candidates.
Neither the state nor local conservative parties had endorsed the candidates in the mail.
However, the logo on the ad appears to be missing the words “from New York State” under the words “Conservative Party”. The rest of the logo appears to be the same.
In an email, the state’s Conservative Party said the logo hijacking was a “Clear attempt to deceive Conservative voters into believing the candidates were backed by the New York State Conservative Party, which they were not.”
The email continues to indicate that the logos of the Conservative and Republican parties were being used under the “false auspices of a ‘conservative and Republican coalition’.”
State Conservative Party Chairman Jerry Kassar said the use of the logo gives the impression that the state party does not support the local Conservative Party’s position.
“The state party still supports the candidates of the local Conservative Party organization,” Kassar said. “Any attempt to make it look like we are supporting someone else, especially by using what is clearly our badge, I should actively oppose it and that is exactly what I am doing here.”
Kassar said the state’s Conservative Party would prosecute people if they didn’t stop using the logo.
Rotterdam Republican President John Mertz said there had been no error in the use of the symbol because two of the running candidates are Tories.
“I think the message that is being sent is that they are members of the Conservative Party, that the symbol represents their current membership in the party and, therefore, is a fair representation of the party and the ideology they support,” did he declare.
But Schenectady County Conservative Party Chairman Jim Barrett said only one Republican on the party’s list had sought approval from the Conservative Party – Kenneth Litz, who is seeking re-election for city justice.
While Republican Schenectady County President Chris Koetzle has said he would not normally be involved in how a city or municipal party runs its campaign, the recent behavior has raised ethical concerns.
“I agree that this is misleading, it is misleading,” he said, noting that he had just heard about the mail late Tuesday afternoon. “There is no place for it in local politics.
The Daily Gazette has received permission from the state Conservative Party to use its logo for the publication.
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