Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-Ewing) appears to be the target of a trickster who has created a fake email address in a bid to tie the progressive congresswoman to President Donald Trump and Goldman Sachs.
The email uses Watson Coleman’s campaign logo and shows the sending as BWC Updates, as if it is an official campaign press release.
“Goldman Sachs supports Bonnie Watson Coleman in her primary for Congress against progressive Democratic challenger Lisa McCormick,” the email says. “Bonnie is a member of the U.S. House of Representatives who has worked in collaboration with President Donald Trump to get things done for Wall Street.”
While the fake email shows no connection to McCormick, the tactic resembles similar ones used in Democratic primaries for U.S. Senate in 2018 and Union County Surrogate in 2019 – both races where McCormick was a candidate.
Watson Coleman called foul on the move.
“Nothing could be further from the truth. Look into my record and you can find that I’ve voted with Trump less than any other member of Congress,” she said. “Someone is confusing our supporters with a message that looks like it came from us. That’s malicious, misleading and just as dark as losing ballots or falsely registering voters.”
The three-term congresswoman said on Twitter that she is trying to identify the sender of the email and promised to take action.
“It’s low,” Watson Coleman said.
Democratic strategist Michael Soliman said that voters won’t be fooled by fake emails.
“It’s laughable. Bonnie Watson Coleman has been standing up for Democratic principles her entire career,” said Soliman. “The only Democrat in the New Jersey delegation to actually support Trump is now a Republican.”
A source close to the Watson Coleman campaign said that there are plans to file a complaint with law enforcement.