A Libertarian candidate for state Senate has sent an email to his campaign manager’s estranged ex-wife, threatening the loss of her home and custody of her daughter if she went public about a child support issue with the campaign manager.
Carl R. Loser, who is running for a soon-to-be-vacant seat in Virginia’s 10th state Senate district, emailed Delsa Fauconier on Thursday, responding to a message she had left through his campaign website relating to her ex-husband, Corey Fauconier.
In the message, she said Fauconier owed her thousands of dollars in support of their 16-year-old daughter. She warned that she would reach out to the media if Loser and her ex-husband did not agree to have a conversation with her about her ex-husband’s new position and salary with the Loser campaign.
Loser responded in an email, which he sent from his campaign account.
“Contact the Richmond Times and I promise I will personally take action to ensure you no longer have a home, and Corey will have custody of your daughter,” he wrote. “You have my word.”
In a brief phone interview Friday, Loser refused to elaborate on his email but did not deny that he had sent it.
“It’s going to be a legal issue right now; I don’t have any comment for you,” he said, before hanging up the phone.
Loser, 24, is seeking to succeed retiring state Sen. John Watkins, R-Powhatan, in the district that includes parts of the city of Richmond and all of Amelia and Powhatan counties.
Earlier this year, New York native Corey Fauconier, a 44-year-old community activist and independent hip-hop writer who goes by the stage name Sage, joined Loser’s effort as his campaign manager.
In July, Fauconier released a song and video in which he rapped about the candidate. The video sparked a short-lived online buzz for Loser’s cash-strapped campaign.
Fauconier said in an interview that month that he had moved to Richmond from New York seeking a new life after losing “a lot of friends” in the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks. “I decided to try a new place on a map and get out of the city,” he said.
His ex-wife, Delsa, who works as a psychotherapist in Brooklyn and lives in Staten Island, N.Y., tells a different story. She cited an account statement from the New York City Office of Child Support Enforcement that said her ex-husband owed her thousands of dollars in child support.
She said she decided to contact Loser after reading that Fauconier had donated money to his state Senate bid and worked for him.
Corey Fauconier declined comment Friday, citing pending litigation.
In his email to Delsa Fauconier, Loser wrote that his campaign manager has donated “only his time,” accusing her of engaging in a “personal vendetta” against her ex-husband.
“You seem to be the real problem. You are a horrible person for taking his child from him and trying to make him look bad as a person,” Loser wrote.
“You obviously do not understand the dedication and positive outreach he has brought to the Richmond community.”
And: “Do not pick fights with people who have nothing to do with you.”
Delsa Fauconier said in a phone interview Friday that she was “just completely shocked” after reading Loser’s email.
“This man is running for public office and he would say those things and make this kind of threat like that, that you are going to take my child and home,” she said. “It’s concerning; the people need to know what kind of person he is. It’s totally unprofessional.”
In the Senate race, Loser is facing Democrat Daniel A. Gecker, Republican Glen H. Sturtevant and independent Marleen Durfee.