Race must be tight, time to sling the mud.
Sean Kilkenny, a union-backed candidate in Northeast Philly’s 177th House District Democratic primary, has distributed a clutch of attack mailers that inaccurately cites past reporting by City&State PA to paint opponent Joe Hohenstein as a “terrorist sympathizer.”
The mailers refer to a report from November 2016 that describes an even older attack ad circulated by former Republican state Rep. John Taylor during an earlier race against Hohenstein, an immigration lawyer.
Taylor, who announced his retirement in 2017, described Hohenstein as a “terrorist’s lawyer” because of the attorney’s involvement in two cases from the early 2000s that involved clients who were suspected of terrorist links.
In his own mailer, Kilkenny instead asserts that “Hohenstein was named as ‘a lawyer who defends terrorists,’” and inaccurately cites City & State PA reporting as the source of this claim.
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