Politician Says Public Art Made Her Lose Election

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(Courtesy losmuroshablannyc.com)

Here’s a sentence that now exists in the world, courtesy of the good folks at Courthouse News Service: “The losing candidate of the Democratic primary for a New York City Council seat claims in court that the three-term incumbent placed a Caribbean curse on her in the form of a public art project on the facade of her apartment.”

Gwen Goodwin, who was defeated by incumbent Melissa Mark-Viverito in the September primary elections for District 8 of New York City Council, filed suit against Ms. Mark-Viverito in New York County Supreme Court, alleging conspiracy, emotional distress, tortious interference, wrongful use of campaign funds, and larceny. According to Courthouse News, “A little more than a week before the primary, Mark-Viverito attended a ceremony unveiling a mural on the eastern wall of a building at 152 East 100th Street. Goodwin has lived at that address for decades.” (The mural was part of a project by El Museo del Barrio and San Juan’s El Repuesto.) Ms. Goodwin’s complaint states that “the mural depicted a decapitated and wooden-sword-stabbed bird of prey” that “disrupted” Ms. Goodwin’s efforts and “the resulting loss of energy from the campaign may even have affected the outcome of the Democratic Primary.” More here.

Politician Says Public Art Made Her Lose Election