Rumor: "Would you vote for Gretchen if you knew she didn't file her income taxes?"
Truth: "My taxes are withheld through payroll, and my return has been filed. I overpaid my taxes, so I'm receiving a refund. There is no legal way to obtain information about an private citizen's tax filing, so the nature of this rumor is quite disturbing."
Rumor: "Would you vote for Gretchen if you knew that she didn't pay property tax?"
Truth: "I'm a renter, so like all renters, the tax is included in my rent, which goes up when the taxes go up. It's also implied in this question that people who rent aren't full citizens and shouldn't run for office, a notion that is anti-democratic at its core."
Rumor: "Would you vote for Gretchen if you knew that she lived in student housing rent free?"
Truth: "For three years ending in 2006, I was a House Fellow in Jewett. Like many other Residence Life positions in colleges, Vassar HFs are compensated for their work with room and board."
"The combination of Karl Rove-style tactics in a local election and the attempt to stir up doubt about my character as well as misunderstandings about Vassar is surprising and disappointing," Gretchen tells Mads. "The good news is that it shows we're doing well and they're desperately afraid of losing this seat on the Board of Legislators, because the success of progressive, clean government measures is at stake."
Gretchen is still looking for volunteers. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to help. Remember to vote on November 3rd!