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Bressler-Cline-Robinson - A Campaign by Anonymous Surrogates

Original post made by Dick Poe, Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park, on Nov 7, 2006

The Bressler-Cline-Robinson stealth political machine is now submitting anonymous attack postings to The Almanac Online Forum using names like "Student", and "ElectionWatcher."

Should voters believe anything from "Anonymous?"

I wish those who would express such strident opinions would have the courage of their convictions and use their real names. Could it be that this is part of the Big Labor / Stealth Surrogate / Attack, Misrepresent and Smear campaign which has been waged by Bressler, Cline and Robinson, and that these postings are coming from one of their eight campaign organizations rather than from a real "Student" or "Election Watcher?"

I note that the Almanac reported today that the Bressler-Cline-Robinson organizations have been showered with over $22,000 in union money in this election. I have no doubt that the final total will be far greater and that "in-kind" services like the outsiders walking our streets to drop literature will be massive. Those Staff Unions want to keep their generous perks, benefits, and pensions, and are willing to spend handsomely for them. We Menlo Park taxpayers are the ones who will ultimately pay, however.

Do we really want Council Members who are endorsed by the Unions and whose supporters are now "Anonymous?"

I'm voting for Lee Duboc, Mickie Winkler, and John Boyle who have run a relentlessly positive campaign by simply telling voters about a track record of remarkable success, who have stood up to the Unions, and who do not hide behind shadowy surrogates.

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Posted by MenloMommy
a resident of Oak Knoll School
on Nov 7, 2006 at 3:01 pm

Mr. Poe - given how you've villified challengers to the status quo as well as their supporters, you shouldn't be surprised when residents don't want their names out there to be attacked personally. Not I!

I would like to point out that you have concocted an interesting but false theory here. From what I can tell, Vince Bressler was never endorsed by the unions, poltical parties (or their PACs), or by real estate interests. All 5 of his opponents did accept support from "special interests" . Yet you choose to lump him and only two others into some conspiracy.

Neither Bressler's supporters nor those of Cline and Robinson resorted to deceptive tactics like you and Menlo Park Matters did with fake mailers. These 3 guys seem more honorable than that.
Please stop taking politics into the gutter.


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Posted by LookingForAPartyTonight
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Nov 7, 2006 at 3:47 pm

It's interesting to see in the morning's Mickie-Gram that she and Lee are the self-proclaimed champions of 'Quality of Life' in Menlo Park.

"It is only with a YES vote for leaders John Boyle, Councilwoman Lee Duboc, and Councilwoman Mickie Winkler will your city continue to serve and improve your quality of life."

It's actually Mickie Winkler and Lee Duboc that championed removing 'Quality of Life' from the city's mission statement when they took office. That's how they started wasting staff time instead of focusing on the real issues. Good riddance.




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Posted by Dick Poe
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Nov 7, 2006 at 5:19 pm

Hi "MenloMommy" and "LookingForAPartyTonight." It's tough when


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Posted by Dick Poe
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Nov 7, 2006 at 5:24 pm

Hi "MenloMommy" and "LookingForAPartyTonight." It's tough when your statements are so lacking in credibility that you can't publicly disclose your names. I guess we'll call you participants in the Bressler-Cline-Robinson "witness protection program."

P.S. The notion that Vince Bressler - though not formally endorsed - has not sought advantage from the 5 attack pieces published by the Unions is silly. You have to disavow tactics like that to establish your independence and legitimacy. I don't recall that he did. I'll give Vince credit for one thing, though. At least he uses his name.


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Posted by Dick Poe
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Nov 7, 2006 at 5:24 pm

Hi "MenloMommy" and "LookingForAPartyTonight." It's tough when your statements are so lacking in credibility that you can't publicly disclose your names. I guess we'll call you participants in the Bressler-Cline-Robinson "witness protection program."

P.S. The notion that Vince Bressler - though not formally endorsed - has not sought advantage from the 5 attack pieces published by the Unions is silly. You have to disavow tactics like that to establish your independence and legitimacy. I don't recall that he did. I'll give Vince credit for one thing, though. At least he uses his name.


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Posted by Hank Baskett
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Nov 7, 2006 at 6:04 pm

Mr Poe:

I'm someone who put my name on a letter that the PA Daily published Sunday (see below).

Editor:

Next Tuesday, Menlo Park voters will face a stark choice between two sets of candidates for city council.

On one hand you have controversial incumbent council members Mickie Winkler and Lee Duboc, joined by newcomer venture capitalist-turned politician John Boyle. Running as a united slate, they have some $100,000 backing them, including over $40,000 from real estate interests, resulting in a slew of slick campaign mailers being sent out to city residents seemingly on a daily basis, along with full-page ads appearing in the local newspapers, again seemingly on a daily basis. They even have a marketing slogan ("Vision Courage Experience").

On the other hand, you have three "Regular Joes" – Heyward Robinson, Rich Cline and Vince Bressler – running independently on limited campaign budgets and limited time (they each are also working to support their families). They're running because they care about their city and what has happened to it during the previous four years of rule under the so-called "council majority" regime of Winkler, Duboc, and Nicholas Jellins.

Now these three Regular Joes don't have slick campaign mailers or neat-sounding slogans, but they apparently do have good walking shoes for going around town, hand-delivering their materials and "pressing the flesh" of real citizens like me, explaining to us their vision for a new and better Menlo Park, one that serves all its residents and its local businesses, instead of just narrow real estate interests.

And because of that, those three Regular Joes have earned my vote come next Tuesday.

Hank Baskett
MP Resident


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Posted by Gern Blanston
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Nov 7, 2006 at 6:22 pm

"The Bressler-Cline-Robinson stealth political machine?"

"Big Labor/Stealth Surrogate/Attack, Misrepresent and Smear campaign?"

You are gellin' like Jellins, Dick! You forgot to tie in the Priory of Scion and Opus Dei but it's still compelling stuff. Seriously, though, if you believe the twenty or so people who actively read these forums will be swayed by the content then, by all means, continue selling ice cream on the deck of the Titanic while the quartet plays the dirge. Your fervor is matched only by your fever, one no doubt contracted while trying to extricate yourself from the political mailer morass that has been the embarrassment of the slate of late.

Gern


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Posted by Paul Collacchi
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Nov 8, 2006 at 3:52 pm

Given the election is now so over, there's little in debating this issue, but, Dick, I have to say how amused I am at your animosity towards union involvement and the collectivist efforts of individuals.

In 2002 you were an apologist for the involvement of CREPAC, the LA-based California Real Estate Political Action Committe and its donations to Winkler, Duboc, and Jellins. "Its just individual realtors giving money," you told the newspaper. And indeed it was. Giving millions. At the time CREPAC made donations to WDJ, it had well over a million in assets, and, for the most part that money does come from individual realtors. CREPAC gave to school board races, mayoral races, council races, assembly races. You name it.

From each realtor according to her generosity, to each political district, according to its needs. Even Lenin might be proud of CREPAC.

This year CREPAC gave the slate, $7500, as you well know. That is almost half as much as Bressler raised.

Help me understand how the union lobby, which pools money from individual union members to influence local elections around the state
is in any way different than CREPAC, which pools money from individual realtors to influence local elections around the state.

As a realtor you were proud of your group's participating in 2002.

Sauce for the realtors is not sauce for steamfitters?


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