(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, TUESDAY-WEDNESDAY OCT. 30-31, 2018) — Incumbent District Attorney Paul Caccaviello, mounting a write-in campaign against Andrea Harrington, accused Harrington of conducting a misinformation campaign designed to confuse voters on Election Day, Nov. 6. Harrington beat Caccaviello in the September primary to win the official nod of the Democratic Party. The narrowness of the win, less than 1%, prompted the incumbent to take the unusual route to office.

Caccaviello says the Harrington Committee has been telling voters that the ballot will not contain a provision for write-in candidates. The ballot does, in fact, allow voters the opportunity to physically write in the name of their preference for office. Insiders familiar with the workings of the Harrington campaign deny the charge, calling it a “desperate” attempt to canvass in the campaign’s final week.

Here is the full text of Cacc’s press release:

Caccaviello Calls on Harrington Campaign to Stop the Spread of False and Misleading Information

Berkshire County: District Attorney Paul Caccaviello publicly called on Andrea Harrington and her supporters to stop misleading the public about the Write-In process.

According to the Secretary of State’s Elections Division, “all ballots must have an area designated as a write-in space. This space allows a voter to physically write in the name of a person other than those names already printed on the ballot and thereby obtain a vote. A voter need not use the sticker to have such vote counted for the sticker candidate. He or she can physically write in the name of that candidate.”

Caccaviello wrote, “My campaign supporters and I work tirelessly to reach out to voters and provide them with information about my write-in campaign. While I don’t expect my opponent or her supporters to provide information about my campaign to potential voters, I do expect them to answer voters honestly when asked if there is and/or about the write-In process.”

“For the past two weeks while canvassing throughout the county several residents reported they have been told by the Harrington Campaign that there is no “Write-In” process and that since their candidate is the only name on the ballot, she is the only candidate that voters can vote for.”

Caccaviello went on to elaborate on one such encounter from a voter in Great Barrington who called Caccaviello personally. According to this gentleman, he was told that there is no write-in process allowed and that Andrea Harrington is the only candidate on the ballot.

“The resident was so disturbed by the contact he had with the Harrington supporter that he called me directly (to discuss),” Caccaviello stated.

“My volunteers reported similar incidents while canvassing in Pittsfield this weekend, and also earlier this week while making phone calls to voters in Great Barrington,” Caccaviello added.

“The false information about the Write-In process being spread by the Harrington Committee is not only misleading but unfair to voters. I am publicly asking Andrea Harrington and her campaign to stop misleading voters. The Write-In Campaign that I have launched is part of the democratic process, and we should be doing what we can to truthfully educate voters about their options on election day,” Caccaviello stated.

“With only one week left in this campaign, I hope that my opponent will try to honestly educate the voter about relevant issues facing our community and that her campaign will use their time to talk about their candidate and her plans for the District Attorney’s office.”

In O’Brien v. Board of Election Commissioners, 257 Mass. 332, 338-339, 153 N.E. 553, 556 (1926) the court said “that if the intent of the voter can be determined with reasonable certainty from an inspection of the ballot, in the light of the generally known conditions attendant upon the election, effect must be given to that intent…

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As of press time, Harrington did not respond to THE PLANET‘s request for comment. She has stopped answering our requests for comment. We did, however, triangulate responses from several insiders, from whom we put together this response, one that accurately reflects the campaign’s stance:

“The Harrington Campaign is not talking about any write-in campaign in either phone calls or while canvassing. Why would we draw attention to a misguided campaign. Our volunteers have been provided scripts and no where on the script do we talk about a write-in campaign. We have informed voters that Andrea Harrington’s name is the only name on the ballot for District Attorney, which is factual. We are asking that voters to fill in the oval for Andrea Harrington.

“This appears to be a desperate attempt by the write-in candidate to draw attention to his campaign. His supporters are stopping at nothing to spread misinformation about our campaign and try to make my supporters look bad, when we have done nothing but run a positive campaign focused on the issues in this race.”

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As the Cacc release says, write-in spaces appear on each ballot. Write-ins will count as long as the voter’s intent can be determined.


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  1. Johnny Absurd
    November 1, 2018 at 9:29 am #

    Looks to me as though no matter which candidate wins the DA race the people will lose. I don’t think either one of them has any business being in the race. And coming after Capeless that is a pretty low bar to have met.

    • SP Houzz
      November 1, 2018 at 2:02 pm #

      You are aptly named, sir. For many years Berkshire County’s DA’s office has had one of the highest conviction rates in the commonwealth. This is thanks to the leadership of these men. Should both Capeless and Caccaviello be gone at once you will sorely feel it no matter where you live. Drug dealers who have feared a tough on crime cooperation between police, sheriff and DA’s office will come here. Stories that have made the paper recently won’t even register a blip. Imagine life under Harrington who can’t muddle her way through an oui. You will see cases involving violence, firearm offenses, and drug trafficking thrown out. This will absolutely happen. Vote accordingly.

  2. THE school committee
    November 1, 2018 at 9:56 am #

    Paul will be a great DA and no learning curve.Miss Harrington needs to put together a resume and help others run a campaing.I want this ROOKIE politician to work for Tyer

  3. Hondurans for Trump
    November 1, 2018 at 11:08 am #

    Our President, Donald Joseph Trump always likes to be a with it.

    • Art Seller
      November 1, 2018 at 11:38 am #

      No supporter of scump other than the filthy rich will will see any benefits coming their way. Scump gave 1.5 trillion dollars to the most well off individuals and corporations and added 1.5 trillion of debt that will be borne by the average american citizen. Scumps supporters are predominately white uneducated don’t know the difference between right and wrong and can’t tell the difference between the truth and a lie. Some notables on this board who fit the scump pedigree are 12 gauge fritz acute angina Edward Murrow pat Gigi and levitan. They are Scumps diehards. They are individuals who know that scump is a liar but they still support him. Anyone who condones lying clearly tells us who they are. Everyone on this board knows who these individuals are. Hey to love a liar is to be a liar. I can’t make it any simpler than this. You 8 are liars.

      • Art Seller
        November 1, 2018 at 2:02 pm #

        Scump as commander in chief!!!! Can any sane individual condone this???? When he says charge are the troops going to say does he mean retreat??? The lyingest buffoon on the planet. He is a liar and those that support him are liars also because they can’t say scumps is lying. So So very sad. Only five more days of insanity. Down with scump.

        • Trump Train
          November 1, 2018 at 5:13 pm #


          From everything I read & listen to online. Many patriotic independent podcasts, the military is behind President Trump. This is a result of his support of our military and his effort against the globalist infiltration of our country via the likes of the Bush family, the Clintons, and Obama.

          I just hope that President Trump doesn’t use the tanks at the Mexican border, the way President Clinton & Attorney General Reno did…as flame throwers to burn out the Branch Davidians (US citizens) at Waco, TX. Although, I guess these fine Democrats set the precedent for dealing with insurgents. I know you probably think that act was fine, after all, they were progressive Democrats, so that you either agreed or gave them a pass.
          Progressive (Translation)…globalist Marxist, totalitarians, a/k/a the new philosophy of the DNC.

      • Fritz
        November 1, 2018 at 4:09 pm #

        I am Proud to stand with 12 gauge, acute angina, Edward Murrow, Pat, Gigi, Levitan & Dave in supporting President Trump!

  4. Halo
    November 1, 2018 at 2:01 pm #

    Our President has given the order that if the Caravan starts throwing roger stones,consider it a weapon and fire on them if they do.

  5. Doomiedoger
    November 1, 2018 at 2:10 pm #

    Trump says he tries to tell the truth “when he can”. Those are his own exact words and you can look it up. Very presidential. the mans sets a great example for his small child.

  6. u
    November 1, 2018 at 2:49 pm #

    I had a dream and trump was at the boarder ordering the Homdurans to turn around with a Gatling Gun pointed at them. Then one of the marathoners threw a pebble at him and he fired and shot himself in the foot. True dream, not fake dream….just sayin.

  7. THE school committee
    November 1, 2018 at 2:55 pm #

    Harrington will be like having Trump as DA,wont know a thing.Berkshire Eagle will endorse Paul I’m sure.Rookies have problems just finding which key opens what.The over and under on how many she will fire is 50.

    • Art Seller
      November 1, 2018 at 3:47 pm #

      The major reason dems must be successful on nov. 6th is because if they lose scump will become worse than he is.!Everyone vote democrats to save our republic

      • THE school committee
        November 1, 2018 at 3:57 pm #

        Trump has his followers believing the 4,000 refugees are about to attack and take over America and Pat is home with the shades shut waiting for the attack…fear is powerful for 41 million sheep

        • 12 Gauge
          November 1, 2018 at 6:48 pm #

          Art, if you don’t throw a big shindig the democrats around here won’t be able to celebrate. Come on a few grand won’t hurt you. You light cigars with that kind of money.

        • 12 Gauge
          November 1, 2018 at 6:50 pm #

          Numbskull TSC, if they are trying to escape the “horrors” of Honduras why are they marching with the flag of the country oppressing them?

          • THE school committee
            November 2, 2018 at 2:11 am #

            They may in fact love their country,you love America.

      • Ed Check
        November 1, 2018 at 5:29 pm #


        If the democrats had won the last election, we would have no republic.

        Hillary, the traitor to the US, and her band would have buried all the crimes. Prior to the elction, FBI’s Comey listed all her crimes in a press conference, then said she was not going to be prosecuted.

        Military personnel are court-martialed and doing jail time for one or two offenses of mishandling classified documents. She had thousands. The good news, most of those deleted or destroyed emails were also on Anthony Weiner’s laptop.

        He was Hillary’s assistant’s ex-husband, now in jail. The truth is coming out…wait for it, wait for it.

        I hope your head can handle it without imploding.

      • 12 Gauge
        November 1, 2018 at 6:47 pm #

        Art, if you don’t throw a big shindig the democrats around here won’t be able to celebrate. Come on a few grand won’t hurt you. You light cigars with that kind of money.

        • Art Seller
          November 1, 2018 at 8:37 pm #

          12 The bulk of the city’s administration and council and school committee are democrats. I am a democrat also but I wouldn’t waste a dime on these incompetent buffoons. I call it as I see it. I also am aware of many democratic buffoons at the state and federal level. I look at each elected official and study their policies before I make any decisions about them. I feel that scump is in the same league as the devil. He never did anything that didn’t benefit him or his family. He filed four bankruptcy and fleeced working men and women out of 6 billion dollars. When we finally see his income tax returns we will see that he is a fraud. I have studied this buffoon extensively and found beyond any doubt that he is no friend of the working man and woman. He was a draft dodger and there is no trump who has ever served in the military. He is a vile individual who is also a pathological liar. I could go on but this should suffice. On nov6 the american people will end his reign of terror and soon afterward he will be impeached. The SCUP experiment has been a collusous failure and the american people will not be able to recover from the damage he has created until he is driven out of office. 5 more days of insanity then we return to Norma!cy.

          • THE school committee
            November 2, 2018 at 2:13 am #

            They may in fact love their country,you love America.

      • 12 Gauge
        November 1, 2018 at 6:56 pm #

        Because the democrats can bring high crime and high taxes to the country just like they’ve done here.

  8. Cicero
    November 1, 2018 at 5:30 pm #

    This is getting really strange. A new article came out on the Williams case that John Pucci is involved in. Caccaviello claims that it was Pucci who wanted the evidence returned by the authorities. A number of emails make plain that the complete opposite is true, that Pucci requested multiple times that they maintain custody of the evidence, but the WPD and Berkshire DA’s office refused.

    Caccaviello just went on the record with a bald-faced lie, meant to conceal the fact that his office broke the law. The combination of dishonesty and stupidity in this man is stunning.

    Anyone who would lie so transparently is unfit for any office. Go away, Caccaviello. Stop embarrassing us and making our county look like an ignorant backwater.

    • Liza
      November 1, 2018 at 6:08 pm #

      If you haven’t been able to follow this story, here are two things worth knowing. 1. Pucci is a highly motivated liar looking to sue Williams. 2. Cicero is Rinaldo del Gallo. Feel free to tune out now.

    • 12 Gauge
      November 1, 2018 at 6:54 pm #

      What’s sad is that Harrington is in this race. She was asked to leave several local law firms because of her incompetence. That’s why she was so eager to run for elected office. Talk about a dumb hick. You really think heavy weight champ Del Gallo is cic?

  9. Dave Wiechecki
    November 1, 2018 at 5:41 pm #

    Nov 1, 2018:

    Dow Jones up +264.98 (25,380.74)
    NYSE up +148.44 . (12,356.50)
    NASDAQ up +128.16 . (7,434.06)

    Thank you President Trump…sound, tough, America first economic policies are rebuilding America.

    Not too long ago President Obama stated high unemployment and 2% maximum growth would be the new normal. Yes, if progressive democrats had stayed in power.

  10. THE school committee
    November 2, 2018 at 2:14 am #

    Republicans are embarrising

    • Dave Wiechecki
      November 2, 2018 at 7:52 am #

      But we at least attempt to check our spelling and grammar to communicate our position clearly and factually.