NEA RI Official Busted for Campaign Dirty Tricks
NEA RI Assistant Executive Director John Leidecker was arrested this morning by Bristol and RI State Police
accused of the online impersonation of Bristol State Representative Doug Gablinske.
Mr. Leidecker, who holds a law degree from Roger Williams University School of Law  and is a practicing attorney, allegedly sent phony e-mails to constituents using the name “Gablinski”, e-mails which purportedly misrepresented the RI House member’s views on issues in an effort to cast him in an unfavorable light at the voting booth.
NEA RI Executive Director Robert Walsh, who is a member of Gov-elect Linc Chafee’s transition team, issued a statement to WPRI’s Tim White, saying, in part
“We have no firsthand knowledge of the charges,” Walsh said. “However, given the involvement of Rep. Doug Gablinske in this matter, we are suspicious about the motivation for this action. At this point, we are waiting until our attorneys sort things out.”
Gablinske was defeated in his September primary by a union-backed opponent. It now appears that efforts on behalf of the opponent may have extended beyond the more standard fundraising and get-out-the-vote activity. The next logical question becomes, what did the opponent and other NEA officials knew about these … extraordinary campaign efforts allegedly undertaken by Mr. Leidecker?