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    GOP Candidate Portrays Jewish State Senate Rival as Money-Grubber – Reports

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    The Republican candidate behind this flier campaign insisted that he did not, in fact, use anti-Semitic stereotypes against his Jewish opponent, and that he abhors hate speech in all its forms.

    Matt Lesser, a Democrat state Senate candidate in Connecticut, has reportedly become the target of a smear campaign launched by his Republican rival, Ed Charamut, which allegedly invoked anti-Semitic stereotypes.

    The leaflet features a manipulated image of Lesser, grinning and clutching a bunch of hundred-dollar bills in his hands, "under text saying that he opposes lowering some taxes," according to Haaretz.

    As Lesser himself explained to the Hartford Courant, a local newspaper, he became aware of this development on Monday when people told him they received "an anti-Semitic flier."

    "I did not believe them, I thought there was a mistake," Lesser said. “Someone showed it to me and I think it would be a gross understatement to say I was surprised.”

    At the same time, Charamut has rejected claims that the flier featured anti-Semitic imagery.

    "I reject hate speech in all its forms. The mailer draws a stark contrast between myself and Matt Lesser. Do you want to protect your wallets, or do you want to make Matt Lesser your new state senator?" Charamut stated.

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