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Apparently, when the mayor of New York (who isn’t a registered Democrat) headed south to endorse Adrian Fenty‘s re-election campaign, it was just the first step in Fenty’s effort to recruit votes in the Big Apple. Some longtime Washingtonians who recently moved to New York sent along this photo of a flyer they got in the mail last week:
(City Paper blurred out their names and some details of where they live.) The same ex-Washingtonians got a Vincent Gray mailing earlier in the week, but didn’t photograph it closely. We’ve also heard recently from a Bethesda resident who got a Gray mailing.
Chances are, this is simply the result of overzealous direct-mail vendors; if someone used to live in D.C., and voted regularly when they were here, they may still be registered with the Board of Elections and Ethics, even if they registered in their new home. The firms working for Gray and Fenty may have just pulled updated addresses for everyone on their lists and found a forwarding notice for these New Yorkers. Which probably shows it’s cheaper to waste the postage on a few mis-directed mailings than it is to give the lists a really good scrubbing.