ATTLEBORO — City Councilor Kate Jackson got quite the surprise when her niece alerted her to a posting on Facebook about her re-election campaign.
The posting by her opponent, Jonathan Weydt, not only said Jackson had endorsed him, it had a photograph of her doing it.
Jackson said the posting was completely false and the picture was photoshopped.
The photo originally came from her Facebook page and was a picture of her speaking at a past fundraiser at a podium with a Jackson for city council sign under it.
Weydt posted the same photo, but the sign was changed to say Weydt for council. He then went on to tell followers Jackson had endorsed him.
He said a friend did the photoshopping.
A former councilor who is attempting a comeback in Ward 4, Weydt said the posting was a joke meant to draw attention to his race and lighten up the mood.
“It was a meme. A joke. Facebook is intended to be entertaining,” he said.
Jackson was less than amused.
She said it was frustrating to learn someone could undermine her credibility on Facebook.
The incumbent said she tries to stay off social media because it has gotten so negative.
She said people have used posting to attack her and her husband, a retired fire captain.
Weydt said the posting got a lot of likes and he is hoping it will encourage readers to take a look at the serious issues he addresses.
“I want to get my word out there,” he said.
If he offended Jackson, he said, he apologizes.
He said he never meant to be deceptive or cause people to actually think Jackson had endorsed him.