It didn't take long for Norwalk's mayoral race to heat up.
Less than 24 hours after Mayor Richard Moccia announced he will seek a fifth term in the city's highest office, Republican Town Committee Chairman and Moccia's campaign manager Art Scialabba filed a complaint Wednesday with the State Elections Enforcement Commission (EEC) against Democratic candidate Vinny Mangiacopra.
The complaint is targeted at a video Mangiacopra posted on the website Vine and linked to on his Twitter account. The video, which has no sound, shows a picture of Moccia from 1977, and a handwritten note which reads "Over 36 years in."
The video runs about six seconds total.
Scialabba said it wasn't the content that bothered him, but Mangiacopra's attribution, or lack thereof.
"Videos need to have a picture of the candidate who approves the message, and a 'paid for by' message," Scialabba said. "He didn't follow the law. When you're running for the highest office in the city, you have no excuse for not following the laws."
Scialabba filed his complaint under General Statues section 9-621(b)(1). That section reads:
"No candidate…shall make or incur any expenditure for television advertising or Internet video advertising…unless (A) at the end of such advertising there appears simultaneously, for a period of not less than four seconds, (i) a clearly identifiable photographic or similar image of the candidate making such expenditure, (ii) a clearly readable printed statement identifying such candidate, and indicating that such candidate has approved the advertising, and (iii) a simultaneous, personal audio message…and (B) the candidate's name and image appear in, and the candidate's voice is contained in, the narrative of the advertising, before the end of such advertising."
Scialabba added, "Clearly Vinny's inexperience shows that he is not ready for prime time. He needs to learn we must all play by the same rules."
Mangiacopra released a statement Wednesday evening calling Scialabba's complaint "a frivolous attempt by the same folks to talk about nonsense."
"The statute referred to discusses Internet, television and web advertising -- not social media," he said. "Never in my years of politics have I seen a tweet or other post with a 'paid for by' required."
Mangiacopra added his campaign was also in touch with the SEEC, and said if he is advised to put a paid for by message at the end of the video, he would do so.
"People are tired of these gimmicks and attacks," Mangiacopra said. "If we want forward thinking and innovative ideas they won't come from this administration."
Scialabba said the response time for the SEEC could be "a while," and said for now, Mangiacopra should remove the video from the web.