Mark Andrew criticized for misleading mailer, mysterious Hodges-attacking Twitter account
As the Minneapolis mayoral race enters its final week, some are accusing Mark Andrew of busting out some last-minute dirty tactics.
SEE ALSO: Mpls mayoral race: Betsy Hodges and Mark Andrew exchange harsh words, sort of
Andrew is taking heat for distributing an intentionally misleading mailer and for possibly being involved with a mysterious Twitter account that does little besides attack Betsy Hodges. Hodges received the Star Tribune's endorsement over the weekend and seems to be the biggest threat to Andrew's bid to succeed R.T. Rybak.
Regarding the font controversy, one of Andrew's mailers uses bold type strategically to misleadingly suggest he received the DFL endorsement. Check it out:
Andrew was indeed endorsed by a group called Minnesota Young DFL, but that's obviously not the same thing as receiving the much more prestigious DFL endorsement.
Around the same time that story was being discussed on social media last night, another similarly unflattering-for-Andrew one emerged. Tony Webster, a close observer of Minneapolis politics, pointed out that Andrew's spokesperson (Marion Greene) and one of his campaign activists (Kendal Killian) were the first to follow @Mpls4ever, a mysterious Twitter account attributed to "Walter Black" that has done nothing but defend Andrew and attack Hodges during the course of its handful of tweets:
The implication, of course, is that Andrew's campaign created the account for the purpose of attacking Hodges anonymously.
-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you’ll never miss City Pages' biggest stories.