Fake Endorsement Claims By Incumbents...Who Can You Trust?
Original post made by Looking4Truth on Oct 30, 2006
Winkler, Boyle and Duboc Use Fake Endorsement
Flyers to Purposefully Mislead Voters
Menlo Park, Calif. - October 30, 2006 - In yet another public scandal for the current council majority, slate incumbents Winkler, Boyle and Duboc have been caught mailing out fictitious Democratic endorsement flyers to thousands of Menlo Park residents. Failing to garner significant endorsements, slate incumbents have been forced to attempt to buy the election through fake endorsement flyers.
"In no way does the Democratic Party endorse any of the three slate incumbents Winkler, Duboc or Boyle," said Andrew Byrnes, Chair, San Mateo County Democratic Party. "The Democratic Party has endorsed only Heyward Robinson and Rich Cline for Menlo Park City Council; voters should disregard any mailer that suggests otherwise."
"This election is coming down to a matter of 'who do you trust'," said Rich Cline. "Trust and integrity are the cornerstones of leadership and voters are smart enough to see through the spin. Now the slate claims to be endorsed by the Democratic Party among other fake endorsements. The question now is, who do you trust, Menlo Park?"
"We are standing by our long-standing principles of being honest, open and straight-forward with residents when we talk about the election," said Heyward Robinson. "In fact, it is these traits that we carry with us that enabled us to be endorsed by so many local leadership institutions including the Democratic Party. This election is fast becoming a referendum of the current council majority's integrity."
"The consistent deceptive behavior of the slate will be judged by the voters," said Vince Bressler. "I, for one, would never hold myself out to be something I am not. I am an Independent. What you see is what you get."
on Nov 3, 2006 at 3:52 pm
Dear Messrs. Robinson, Cline, & Bressler. I am an officer of Menlo Park Matters. Yes, we proudly purchased a so-called "slate mailer" which endorsed Lee Duboc, Mickie Winkler, and John Boyle - in fact we purchased several, one for Democrats, one for Republicans, one for Independents, and one for absentee voters.
Calling it a "scandal" and a "fake endorsement" is an affront and borders on hysterics. I assure you that Menlo Park Matters has enthusiastically endorsed Boyle, Duboc, and Winkler even moreso after observing the kind of smear campaign you have run.
I note that your shocking press release failed to mention that one of your endorsers, former councilmember Paul Collacchi, and former councilmember Steve Schmidt were endorsed by similar slate mailers during their campaigns, and that Ira Ruskins has appeared in one in the current election year.
You also conveniently failed to mention that the mailer expressly stated on the front in capital letters that it was not an endorsement by any political party, that it contained a large photo on the cover depicting our esteemed Senator, Diane Feinstein, and that the inside contained the names of many major politicians in California.
Are you accusing them of scandal and fakery? Are you accusing Senator Feinstein? Do you, Mr. Cline, Mr. Robinson & Mr. Bressler, have the ethics to run for Menlo Park City Council? Do you have the judgment?