Democratic candidate Monique Johns admitted to taking Rep. Kevin Hensley's pamphlet that was left in the door of a Middletown home Sunday and she apologized.
The Democratic candidate for state representative in the 9th District has admitted to removing her opponent’s campaign pamphlet that was left at a Middletown resident’s door.
On a home security camera video posted on Facebook by Randy J. Smith Sunday evening, Republican Rep. Kevin Hensley is seen leaving a campaign pamphlet in the resident’s door. A second video shows Democratic candidate Monique Johns removing Hensley’s pamphlet and then putting her own campaign flyer in the door.
In a Delaware Democratic Party press release, Johns admitted taking Hensley’s pamphlet and apologized.
“Today, I ask for the forgiveness of the residents of the 9th Representative District. I made a mistake. I removed the literature of my opponent's campaign from the door of a voter. It was wrong and I should never have done it,” Johns said.
“This was a lapse of judgment that I humbly regret. Please forgive me. I won't make any excuses for this action. I have apologized to my opponent, my supporters, and now I apologize to the voters of the 9th Representative District,” she said. “I work hard to live up to the standards I set for myself and I am disappointed that I fell short in this instance. But I intend to move forward in running a positive campaign that's focused on talking to voters about the real issues facing MOT and Delaware.”
Hensley said he found out about the video on Sunday night.
“I was certainly disappointed, but I pride myself in running a positive campaign and focusing on the issues and that’s my intent,” Hensley said.
Delaware Democratic Party Chairman Erik Raser-Schramm said he learned Sunday night that Johns was seen on video removing her opponent's campaign literature from a home.
“Without equivocation, we reject these tactics and call on Ms. Johns to join us in apologizing to Rep. Hensley and the voters of the 9th District, and to recommit herself to running the kind of campaign the Delaware Democratic Party demands from its candidates,” said Raser-Schramm. “Campaigns are auditions for leadership positions, not win-at-all-cost prank wars. Tampering with the signs or campaign materials of an opponent isn't just a bad election strategy – it’s bad for our democracy. Campaigns from both parties should knock it off once and for all. Voters deserve better and we demand more from our candidates and their campaigns.”