EDISON — On Friday, May 31 at approximately 9 p.m., Edison police responded to the headquarters of the Sam Khan for Edison Mayor Campaign to investigate a false report that someone was “trapped in the campaign office’s basement, being tortured,” according to a press release put out by the campaign.
The call was made to appear as though it came from Khan’s cell phone, but there were no records of a call being placed to 9-1-1 from the candidate’s phone and there is no basement in the office building, according to the press release.
“It is shameful to use the police as a political weapon” said Khan. “The way my opponents have been campaigning not only displays cowardice, but it wastes the time of first responders who have to treat every call as if lives are in danger.”
“Edison’s political establishment is clearly terrified by Sam Khan’s prolific rise in the polls and unmatched ability to connect with Edison voters.” said Michael Ward, campaign manager for Sam Khan’s Campaign. “The voters of Edison deserve better than what they’re getting from the Republican Establishment.”
Khan is one of three candidates running in Tuesday’s Republican mayoral primary. Gaetano Gaspari has the backing of the party establishment, while perennial candidate Peter Cerrato rounds out the field. Edison has not elected a Republican mayor in at least 20 years.
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