The attempt to link J. Max Davis to a certain Democratic ex-president

Secretive critics of J. Max Davis want to remind voters about the so-called "Lysol affair" by drawing a line between the former Brookhaven mayor and a certain Democratic ex-president.

The mailer you see above featuring former President Bill Clinton have circulated in recent days among Republican-leaning households around Brookhaven, just in time for the four-way battle on Tuesday for an open House seat vacated by Mike Jacobs. Davis faces two fellow Republicans and one Democrat in that contest.

You can read all about the intrigue in a in a piece by my AJC colleague Johnny Edwards, but here's the gist:

Records show Davis was accused of spraying an aerosol product on a woman's buttocks while she was working at city hall, and the mayor told the flustered woman he was joking. The woman and a witness reported the incident to the city manager the next day. Davis is now facing allegations that he bullied the woman into retracting the allegations against him, and that he sought to cover-up the complaint. He's denied any wrongdoing.

The mailer was produced by a Norcross firm called The Printing Trade Company that has done business with a slew of candidates.  Just who paid the bill remains unknown.

Davis, meanwhile, said in a message that the murky circumstances of the attack speak volumes.

"There is a very good reason it's anonymous," he said.

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Greg Bluestein
Greg Bluestein
Greg Bluestein is a political reporter who covers the governor's office and state politics for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.