Hempstead candidate uses Hitler image in campaign post

Brazley has been posting quotes from historical figures on her Facebook page for weeks, including Harriet Tubman, Malcolm X, Muhammed Ali and Elie Wiesel. She told News 12 that it was her way of encouraging the community to come out and vote.

Brazley has been posting quotes from historical figures on her Facebook page for weeks, including Harriet Tubman, Malcolm X, Muhammed Ali and Elie Wiesel. She told News 12 that it was her way of encouraging the community to come out and vote. (5/19/15)

HEMPSTEAD - A candidate for the Hempstead School Board used the image of Adolf Hitler and a quote from the Nazi leader in a Facebook post to rally votes last week.

Seven candidates are vying for two school board seats.

Incumbent candidate Shelley Brazley posted on her campaign wall on May 14, "5 Days until School Board Election 2015. This is your WAKE UP CALL! Stop the Democratic Party! DON'T give them access to our School Board! Vote TRUTH to POWER! ELECT BRAZLEY (row B) and GATES (row D). Together We Can!"

Underneath the post is the Hitler image and the quote in part: "In starting and waging a war, it is not right that matters, but victory."

Brazley has been posting quotes from historical figures on her Facebook page for weeks, including Harriet Tubman, Malcolm X, Muhammed Ali and Elie Wiesel. She told News 12 that it was her way of encouraging the community to come out and vote.

"I don't understand why people would be offended," Brazley told News 12. "Maybe they didn't understand the intent. The intent, like I've said several times, was the correlation between what he said, when he said it. People are sleeping and we really need to wake up."

Dr. David Gates says he knew nothing about it until News 12 asked him.  He then refused to say how he felt about it.   

Other candidates in the race told News 12 the post was offensive.

Results in the Hempstead race were not available Tuesday night.

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