A candidate for sheriff in Plymouth County, Massachusetts would like everyone to know that he is not a gay neo-Nazi, in spite of what you might have heard.
Scott Vecchi, a Democratic candidate and a veteran sergeant, claims the rumors are circulating in the sheriff’s department, spread by the “minions” of his Republican opponent and current sheriff Joseph D. McDonald.
“Socrates said, ‘When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser,'” Vecchi says. (This isn’t actually a Socrates quote.) “My opponent has apparently embraced this, because the minions at the sheriff’s department have begun spreading lies and rumors about me.”
He addresses the gay rumors first.
“The first one is that I’m gay, and while I have a lot of openly gay friends, and I’m a big supporter of the LGBTQ community, much to the dismay of gay men everywhere, I’m not gay. Sorry to break your heart,” Vecchi says.
He then addresses the rumors that he is an anti-Semite, claiming critics have pointed to his Marine Corp Sniper tattoo as “something it’s not,” a Nazi SS symbol.
He says that he is not an anti-Semite and mentions that he has Jewish family members and in-laws, the latter of whom are Holocaust survivors.
Vecchi posted a call on his Facebook page for people to share their tattoos, claiming it would be fair to assume that his opponent “hates military tattoos.”
His opponent, McDonald, told The Enterprise that he would not respond to Vecchi’s statements about rumors coming from the McDonald camp.
“I’m not even addressing those things,” McDonald said. “He can put anything he wants out on Facebook. If he wants to talk to me about issues at the sheriff’s office, I’m happy to do it. I think what he’s looking to do is get some traction with somebody.”
Vecchi also denies embezzling $250,000 from MassHealth, the state’s Medicaid program, saying he was audited and it showed that there was less than $300 in billing errors, which he repaid.
“Not too bad for six years,” he says.
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