Dozens of readers have sent us pictures of an anonymous and egregious direct mail piece attacking Clarke Tucker, Democratic candidate for House District 35, “for representing a violent criminal for free.” This piece — sent using a bogus return address and employing a font that must be called something like “Serial Killer Serif” — is similar to the sorts that Tim Cullen weathered from stealth PACs in his Supreme Court campaign.
The violent criminal? A man who was accused of shoplifting a $9.99 piece of merchandise at Kmart — the only criminal case Tucker has ever handled in his legal career.
“He was confronted by loss prevention at Kmart, where it took place, and got into a confrontation with loss prevention, which upped the charge to robbery and terroristic threatening,” Tucker said. “I came in kind of late in the process on a pro bono basis and represented him at his plea hearing only, where he pled guilty.”
The defendant was fined and sentenced to community service.
“The person who sent it didn’t think enough of it to put their name on it,” Tucker said. “It seems like trying to reach new lows in trying to turn people off to the political process. … I sincerely hope it wasn’t timed to coincide with the tragedy that happened with Mrs. Beverly Carter.”
Calls to Tucker’s opponent, Republican Stacy Hurst, and her campaign consultant, Clint Reed, haven’t been returned. In July, Reed tweeted (below) “… who is @clarketucker springing out of jail today?” From abroad, Max Brantley emails to say, “a representative of the hurst campaign told me weeks ago that Tucker would be facing criticism for representing a criminal defendant.”