On Monday, October 14th, the following email (pasted below) was sent to a business owner on Beechmont Ave by the President of the Anderson Newtown Democratic Party President, Bonnie Dunkelman. This business owner made a choice to support Josh Gerth & Andrew Pappas for Trustee and when a John Piehowicz sign showed up twice, the owner sent a note to John asking that he refrain from placing any signs at their location. Below is the email that was sent shortly after that email exchange.
The Anderson Township Republican Club strongly objects to this threatening behavior to Anderson businesses. We support all businesses in Anderson Township including those that may choose to show support for opponents of our Republican candidates. The Anderson Township Republican Club will not threaten our neighbors and we reject these type of tactics against our local business community.
Thanks, Mike Jordan Vice President Anderson Township Republican Club
Message from Bonnie Dunkelman:
From: Bonnie Dunkelman
Sent: Monday, October 14, 2013 11:39 AM
To: Redacted to protect business owner from further exposure
Subject: A concern regarding your property
Hello. I am writing with a concern. This is in regard to your request that Dr. John Piehowicz refrain from placing signs on the property you manage in Anderson. I just want to check with you to be certain that you contact all candidates that have signs on all of your properties. If there is a company wide policy that no signs are permitted on any property owned by your company, that is fine. I actually wish all businesses would adopt such a policy. Please be aware that this sign was placed without Dr. Piehowicz's knowledge.
However, if you continue to permit signs favoring the other candidates to be on display, you leave me no choice but to ask the 300 Anderson residents on my email distribution lists to kindly boycott any business located in a plaza or shopping center owned or managed by XXXXXX. In fairness to those businesses, we will contact their owners to explain why they are being boycotted. I was actually planning to get a XXXXXX this afternoon at the XXXXXX in the plaza you manage. Fortunately, there are many other XXXXXX in Anderson I can choose to visit.
Thank you for understanding the importance of having a policy that respects everybody on an equal basis. For future consideration, you should be aware that 37% of Anderson Twp voted for President Obama in 2012.
President, Anderson Newtown Democratic Club
Neighborhood Team Leader, Obama for America, Anderson 2012