Democratic mayoral candidate and community activist Connie Marshall received an endorsement from Freedom From Covert Harassment and Surveillance (FFCHS), a Cincinnati-based organization aimed at fighting government eavesdropping.
“In the short time that we have known her, (Connie Marshall) has exhibited poise, confidence, and sensibleness, some of the main ingredients necessary for strong, steady leadership,” says Derrick Robinson, the group’s president, adding they will work with Marshall’s fledgling campaign in the months ahead. “We believe that if elected, she would well serve the interests of the citizens of Louisville, Ky. to the best of her ability.”
Since announcing her intentions to run, Marshall remains a rather unusual political candidate in the mayoral race. During many news conferences and interviews, for instance, she has told the press that she’s fearful for her life, has been harassed by the government and been a victim of electronic attacks due to a lawsuit she filed against a previous employer. And a quick Internet search reveals that she’s filed several lawsuits against government agencies and personnel at the state and federal level.
A few months ago, she sent documentation to LEO Weekly’s offices, including a letter to the Kentucky Democratic Party and Secretary of State Trey Grayson — which she also mailed to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and President Obama — complaining about a lack of news coverage about her campaign and a massive cover-up, claiming Metro Police and the FBI were following her.
Initially most local media outlets overlooked the west Louisville resident’s candidacy, in part because the long-shot candidate was admittedly too paranoid to talk on her cell phone for more than a few minutes.
Whatever the rationale, the local press knows little about her background.
For at least four years, the west Louisville resident, who says she is a businesswoman in real estate, has voiced allegations of electronic surveillance and harassment during the period at the start of Metro Council meetings in which the public is invited to speak. She usually talks about government eavesdropping, being monitored and other conspiracy theories.
“She’s one of the more consistent people who have spoken, most definitely,” says Democratic caucus spokesman Tony Hyatt. “I think the council pays attention to everybody who addresses the meetings. The degree to which people take her seriously I’m sure varies, but she has always been received. Most of the time it’s been centered on her being monitored by other groups.”
It should be noted that despite this strange behavior, Marshall has performed fairly well during the recent mayoral forums. Her answers are lucid and she rarely brings up any government surveillance attempts during the debates.
LEO Weekly received this message from Derrick Robinson, president of Freedom From Covert Harassment and Surveillance.
To the Members of the Press or Whomever It May Concern,
The previous endorsement of Connie Marshall, as candidate for mayor of Louisville, Ky. is a personal one and not given on behalf of the organization, Freedom From Covert Harassment and Surveillance.