PUBLISHED:09:54 EST, 14 September 2012| UPDATED:19:49 EST, 14 September 2012
Politics is a dirty game but one Massachusetts Representative appears to have really upped the ante in the run up to elections.
Denise Andrews, a Democrat representing the the 2nd Franklin district, went to the police accusing her Republican opponent of buying cocaine.
Andrews claims she was acting on behalf on a concerned constituent who had called her with worries that GOP candidate Susannah Whipps Lee was buying drugs.
Cocaine claims: Representative Denise Andrews, left, accused her GOP rival Susannah Whipps Lee, right, of buying drugs and told authorities that cocaine had been taken from Lee’s home by a police officer
According to a police report, Andrews turned up at the station on August 14 and said someone within the Police Department had phoned a constituent and told them that police had received a telephone call from a cocaine dealer who claimed to have sold drugs to Lee.
Andrews refused to name the constituent who allegedly received the police phone call, reported the Boston Herald.
Andrews then told Timothy Anderson, the chief of police in her rival’s hometown of Athol, that one of his officers had gone to Lee’s home, confiscated the cocaine and brought it back to the station.
Originally, Andrews could not remember the name of the officer who went to Lee’s home.
She then returned to the station and named the narcotics officer, Jarret Mousseau, as the person who confiscated the drugs.
However, Mousseau was not on duty the day she was alleged to have gone to Lee’s home and there was no cocaine in the police station’s drug locker that day either. Mousseau denied any knowledge of a drug sale.
Nevertheless, Anderson followed up the allegations and called Lee into the station on August 27.
‘I was shocked when the chief told me somebody had accused me of buying cocaine,’ Lee said. ‘I was even more shocked when he told me that these completely fabricated and scurrilous allegations were made by my opponent.’
Lee told police that she was at home with her husband on the night a policeman allegedly took drugs from her house.
In his police report, Anderson wrote that he found no basis for Andrews allegations.
Determined to fully clear her name, Lee paid for a drugs test at her local hospital where she was found to be clean. She submitted the results to police.
Andrews, who lives with her lesbian partner, was elected as Representative of the 2nd Franklin district in 2010.
The 53-year-old has posted a statement about the cocaine allegations incident on her Facebook page denying that her actions were politically motivated or intended to slander her opponent.
‘A concerned constituent contacted me in early to mid-August to share a concern that Ms. Lee was involved with the purchasing of drugs, was stopped and confronted by a member of the Athol Police Force and that the drugs were confiscated.
‘The constituent’s concern was that if this was in fact true, there was a gross injustice occurring within our district,’ Andrews wrote.
Lee responded saying that the ‘gross injustice’ was Andrews filing a false report. ‘It’s dirty politics and bullying — bullying to muscle me out. I think it’s fabricated, I think it’s all made up.’
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