Hysterical Heyward's press release
Original post made by Dick Poe on Nov 3, 2006
- 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 inside contained the names of many major politicians in California.
Are you accusing them of scandal and fakery? Are you accusing Senator Feinstein? Mr. Robinson, do you have the ethics to run for Menlo Park City Council?
on Nov 3, 2006 at 4:24 pm
Pay no attention to the PAC behind the curtain, Mr. Poe? Your mailers were misleading at best and downright idiotic and dishonest at worst. Boyle and Duboc are registered Republicans -- what association were you trying to make with Feinstein's image? The Senator endorses neither candidate, far as I know. The curtain has been pulled back, and you and your candidates just look silly.
on Nov 3, 2006 at 4:33 pm
Did you read the Sunday Palo Alto Daily News? Where your slate tries to distance itself from your tactics and you steadfastly insist that they agreed it was okay for you to mail misleading propaganda pieces on their behalf?
If you missed that, I recommend that you take a look at today's editorial in the Daily News. I realize that you might not be able to differentiate fact from fiction at this point, but other people can and will.
As for your comment that "the mailer expressly stated on the front in capital letters that it was not an endorsement by any political party," YOU conveniently fail to mention that this disclaimer is printed in 6pt type, unreadable by most people over 40, and filled with enough gobbledygook to make Karl Rove blush.
on Nov 4, 2006 at 12:17 am
For those who wish to read more about the misleading mailers read here: Web Link
In this article, Poe, inadvertently admits that Menlo Park Matters is "coordinated" with the Boyle, Winkler, and Duboc campaigns. Though this is not illegal, it imposed different reporting requirements on those campaigns which they have not met.
It's also funny, because it shows that the slate didn't get its story straight on its relationship with Poe's PAC, Menlo Park Matters. Duboc's denial is not particularly credible. Here are some of the more fun parts:
"The mailers came out of two political lobbying and consulting firms in Los Angeles County and were paid for by Menlo Park Matters, a political action committee supportive of the Winkler, Duboc and Boyle ticket. The group spent more than $4,700 on the mailers.
The fact that the mailers are not specifically aligned with a single party fits the mold of nonpartisan local elections, said Dick Poe, director of Menlo Park Matters.
"The whole idea is, this is a nonpartisan race," he said. "Our intention was to get the message out to voters - regardless of party affiliation - to vote for these candidates."
Winkler and Duboc both said they couldn't recall discussing the mailers with Menlo Park Matters.
"Nobody has talked to me about the mailers," Duboc said. "If they asked me, I don't remember it to be quite honest. This is an independent group ... they don't have to ask us."
Boyle said he remembers being asked, but voiced some concern about the contents.
Poe was adamant he floated the mailer tactic by the campaign.
"I have absolutely no doubt that the campaign was aware that we ordered those mailers," he said. "Did we ask their permission, did they make the decision? No."
The mailers themselves raise questions about just what voters should believe on election day.