Kelly’s Merchant Marine Academy yearbook /Jessica McDonald/FactCheck.org
By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Arizona Capitol Times
U.S. Senate hopeful Mark Kelly is going to court over uncorroborated claims by a web site that he dressed up as Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler for a 1985 party at the Merchant Marine Academy.
Legal papers filed in Pima County Superior Court claim that Flyover Media, which operates the site known as National File, knew when it posted the photos and a video on its website that the person in the picture was not Kelly. Attorney Sarah Gonski said Kelly’s campaign even furnished statements by those who back the candidate’s response.
But she said the operation decided to put up the photo and the claim anyway. And as of October 28, it remained on the site.
In a written response, a spokesperson for National File said that the story, which remains online, has been updated “to reflect Mark Kelly’s denial and his classmates’ comments on the record.