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Shirley Republican Town Committee denounces deceptive tactics

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Today we have delivered a letter prepared by our attorney, to Congressional candidate Tom Weaver and his media director, Mr. Ralph Zazula insisting the Weaver campaign remove a factious Shirley Facebook page. We have also suggested that a majority of the 27 factious Facebook pages they have created within the 3rd Congressional District are illegal as pointed out by our attorney. This action is required within 48 hours or we are prepared, through our legal counsel to proceed to the next level to stop this obvious attempt at voter confusion and misinformation perpetrated by the Weaver campaign.

The factious “Shirley GOP” Facebook page came to (my) attention from a community activist. A cursory review revealed the page was almost entirely dedicated to Weaver and only contained negative comments concerning his GOP primary rival. Further, there existed 27 Facebook pages of the 37 cities and towns in the 3rd Congressional District, all identical in content, all indicating or creating the illusion that they were representative of the particular community and the GOP, Republican or conservatives within that community. I sent out an email to all chairs or representatives within the affected communities. Most expressed outrage, and to date, I indicated that the only Republican groups that desired to have these sites remain public are Chelmsford, Fitchburg and Boxboro.

I then contacted Weaver’s Media Director Ralph Zazula and Tom Weaver, both parties refused to remove the factious page. The facts as they exist, are as follows:

1. Each of the affected pages under scrutiny were created within the last several months.

2. All of the factious pages use the town name, for which permission was not sought or given and each site references either GOP, Republican or conservative falsely connecting the factious pages with the GOP, Republicans or conservatives within that community and therefore suggesting that these towns and/or GOP, Republicans or conservatives within that community tacitly endorse or approve of or support Weaver. This suggestion is inferred by the sheer amount of pro Weaver publicity contained in these factious sites. Additionally there is other inappropriate content on the pages that we object to.

3. Weaver’s media director (Ralph Zazula) never contacted any of the affected communities offering to assist GOP, Republican or conservative entities within that community and offered to construct a Facebook page for them. This was done without community knowledge or permission. Once established Weaver’s media director, when contacted, never offered administrative access to any of these pages and when the Shirley RTC placed our endorsements onto the factious page and then subsequently placed a disclaimer onto the page indicating it was not the actual Facebook page of the Shirley Town Committee (GOP) both entries were removed from the factious page and we were blocked from further entries.

4. Candidate Weaver’s assertion in an email that he has no control over these pages is in direct conflict with the existing facts. The Clinton RTC chair, when made aware of the factious page alluding to be that of the “Clinton GOP,” contacted Weaver directly, expressing outrage over the issue and within hours that particular page was removed.

This deliberate attempt to mislead and misinform the electorate using deceptive social media and deliberately purporting the page to be a page of the affected community leaders within the GOP, Republican or conservative movements in that town, is among the most underhanded ploys I’ve seen in years of political activism. I have, as of Aug. 17, filed a formal complaint with the Shirley Police Department alleging identify theft and/or violation of MGL Chapter 266, S 72 on Mr. Zazula and Weaver. This reflects directly on the caliber of Mr. Weaver and, in our mind, disqualifies him from serious contention as representative of Massachusetts. We are fully prepared to proceed with the next step to include immediate court (civil) action if these page(s) are not removed.

KEVIN HAYES

Chairman of the Shirley Republican Town Committee