Oak Hill (TN) Commissioner Candidate Who Was Victim of Anti-Atheist Smear Campaign Gets Elected June 14, 2014

Oak Hill (TN) Commissioner Candidate Who Was Victim of Anti-Atheist Smear Campaign Gets Elected

A couple of weeks ago, I posted about the anti-atheist smear campaign against Heidi Campbell (Pflaum), a candidate to become a city commissioner in Oak Hill, Tennessee.

An anonymous mailer had been sent to residents in Oak Hill warning them that Campbell is (*gasp*) a Secular Humanist because she had liked a Secular Humanist group on Facebook:

(Mailer image via Nashville Scene)

The mailer also said that Campbell would want to “eliminate faith-based churches and schools,” which wasn’t even close to the truth.

Earlier this week, Campbell took second in the election — enough to earn a seat on the board and by a *ton* of votes over the third place finisher — and she’s now trying to get to the bottom of who sent that mailer. Jonathan Romeo of the Brentwood Home Page has the story:

Campbell filed a Davidson County General Sessions Court complaint against a “John Doe” for false light invasion of privacy, libel and defamation of character as a result of the anonymous attacks. That case has been referred to a Circuit Court.

As a part of the complaint, she subpoenaed current Mayor Austin McMullen and his wife, Kelly; former Mayor Tom Alsup Jr. and his father, Tom Alsup Sr.; current City Judge Tom Lawless; and records from internet services Google and its subsidiary Blogspot, Facebook, and Microsoft Outlook. She also subpoenaed an unidentified private citizen from whose Facebook account a screenshot was taken.

“I’m positive we’ll find the source — they left a digital footprint,” said Campbell, who doesn’t believe Mayor McMullen is behind the attacks, but thinks he knows who is.

What a revelation it would be if the mayor was found to be tied to the mailings…


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