Republican candidate for state senate Bill Higgins’ campaign ads against Harriette Chandler captured a lot of attention before yesterday’s election, and they’ll continue to in the coming months.
We received a tip this morning that lawyer Burton Chandler, of Seder & Chandler, filed a defamation of character lawsuit on behalf of his wife, Sen. Harriette Chandler, against Higgins. Mr. Chandler confirmed that the suit charges Higgins with one count of libel, one count of slander and one count of breaking chapter 56 sect. 42 of the MA general laws, which states:
No person shall make or publish, or cause to be made or published, any false statement in relation to any candidate for nomination or election…
According to Mr. Chandler, Higgins should have been served this morning around 10:30.
The lawsuit is in response to the radio ads, robo calls, campaign literature and emails sent out by Higgins in the month leading up to the November election that accused Chandler of accepting bundled money and taking bribes, among other illegal or illicit activities.
Before a phone call could be made to Higgins, he sent out a release denouncing the lawsuit, calling it “frivolous and fraudulent.” He added that he will be counter suing and seeking sanctions against Mr. Chandler for “filing a knowingly false and abusive complaint.”