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Politician ‘plots to get her state senate rival arrested by telling police she bought cocaine’

By Daily Mail Reporter

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.

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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.

asdfHoping it’ll blow over: Police say they found no basis  for Andrews’ allegations that the GOP candidate bought cocaine

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.’

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2203329/Massachusetts-politician-tries-rival-arrested-telling-police-bought-cocaine.html#ixzz26YbeSq58

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