Racist campaign flyer?
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CREATED Oct. 14, 2013 - UPDATED: Oct. 14, 2013
FORT MYERS, Fla.- It is day 14 of the united states government shut down, but a new campaign flyer hitting the streets in Fort Myers is claiming President Obama and his team is focused on taking over Fort Myers city hall.
The front of the flyer says "stop Obama operatives from taking over city hall."
It goes on to urge republicans to fill out vote by mail request cards.
They're needed, it says, to push back against the surge of Democrats who have already voted by absentee ballot.
The flyer only shows two black men.
One, the president of the united states.
The other, community activist Anthony Thomas.
Under his picture it says "claims of possible fraud."
Thomas says its simply racist and added that "this was a desperate stupid move.
When asked if he has ever been paid by the Obama administration.. have you ever been employee by them.?
He said "No."
When asked if he was an operative?
Again he said "No. I'm not."
But Thomas has worked hard on a "get out the vote" campaign.
Four years ago, there were a little more than a thousand absentee ballots in the mayoral election.
This year -- its 2,200 and counting.
Despite what the flyer implies as questionable tactics and voter fraud ... Thomas claims he's done nothing illegal.
In fact, supervisor of elections Sharon Harrington chalks up the increase to just plain hard work.
Harrington said "its because candidates are out there and they're knocking on doors... they're encouraging people to vote... and I think its a good thing!"
Floridians for Conservative Values is the political PAC for sending out the flyer.
No one responded for a request for an interview.
Registered republican mayoral candidate Randy Henderson says he "doesn't know anything about it."
But his opponent Raimond Aulen doesnt buy it and believes the mayor is using the pac for scare tactics to get people to vote for him.
Raimond Aulen said that "Instead of talking about all the good things he's done- you look at the past four years- its been sort of a dismal failure and this doesn't surprise me."
And just to put to rest any lingering fears of voter fraud, Supervisor of Elections Sharon Harrington says that if there are any questions about a ballot the final test is matching the signatures of the ballot to the one they keep on file.
And she says, so far, she hasn't seen anything to make her think there's anything going on thats illegal.