Letter about campaign sign appears to be phony
By Oct. 22, 2014
In a letter to the editor in last week’s Times, a woman named “Jenn Michaelson” claimed that a campaign sign for Dee Adcock, the Republican candidate in the 13th Congressional District, fell onto Woodhaven Road and caused a four-inch-long scratch on her car.
The woman claimed she didn’t know the candidate’s first name, and didn’t know whom she’d vote for, but definitely wouldn’t vote for Adcock, who is facing Democratic state Rep. Brendan Boyle. She suggested it’s dangerous for Adcock to have volunteers placing signs on such a busy road.
In the letter, she challenged the Adcock campaign to obtain her email address and phone number from the Times to pay for the damage to her car.
The Adcock campaign asked the Times for that information. When Ryan Capone called the number - 215-275-8350 - she said a woman answered the phone, “Boyle for Congress.”
When Capone asked for Jenn Michaelson, the woman said, “Hold on a second,” then hung up.
The Adcock campaign related the information to the Times. The paper called the number three times, and each time there was a recorded Boyle for Congress message. By Saturday, the phone rang unanswered. By Sunday, the number was “not reachable.”
Meanwhile, Adcock and four campaign staffers paid a visit to Boyle’s office on Bustleton Avenue in Somerton. They asked a man if Jenn Michaelson was in the office. A videotape of the encounter appears to show the man say, “I think she’s left for the day.”
Later, two Adcock aides visited a Democratic campaign office in Jenkintown. They reported that three workers in that office said that Jenn Michaelson works in Boyle’s Philadelphia office.