In recent weeks a new blog, Real Reform Brooklyn, has sprung up and posted critiques of candidates for the 33rd District City Council seat, primarily Jo Anne Simon and Steve Levin.
Today, however, the Doug Biviano campaign accused rival candidate Evan Thies as the man behind the anonymous blog.
“Not only has Evan violated his stated pledge to run a positive campaign, he doesn’t have the backbone to stand up in the light of day and criticize his opponents openly and honestly,” Biviano said. “There’s nothing wrong with questioning your opponents’ records in a campaign – that’s what a campaign is about. But at least have the guts to take responsibility for your arguments.”
The website, which began posting on August 7, says that it is run by “a loosely affiliated group of people who love Brooklyn and especially the neighborhoods of the 33rd Council District.”
All but two posts focus on Simon and Levin. On August 16, a post that discussed complaints against Thies also addressed and dismissed Biviano’s accusation that Thies was running the blog head-on. On August 21 Real Reform Brooklyn wrote a lengthy piece about Biviano, branding him the “emperor of the air.”
Kevin Lawler, the Thies campaign manager, said he had no idea who was behind the website. “We’re busy running a campaign,” he said.