It saddens me that it has come to this, but deception often starts in the final days of a campaign. At the launch of the campaign, I made a pledge to run a positive campaign about ideas, values, and how we can make Sacramento better. The people of Sacramento deserve no less, and I intend to keep that promise. But we must stand up against the fiction being spread by my opponent’s canvassers and supporters.
Many reports have come in from voters about what’s being said by people about my positions and me on issues affecting Sacramento. Indeed, at least twice canvassers promoting our competitor have accosted our campaign workers with these distortions.
Last Saturday, I called our competitor and discussed this with him. He vowed to stop it, but it appears to be out of his control since it still is occurring.
We need to set the record straight, and I need you to stand with me to firmly push back against it by volunteering, emailing, and posting the facts on your Twitter or Facebook. Let’s overwhelm them with the sunlight of truth.
Fact #1 – I Oppose the Strong Mayor Proposal.
Voters have been told I support the Strong Mayor Proposal. I have consistently stated my opposition publicly, in forums and debates, to reporters, and in numerous conversations with our voters.
I’ve made a strong case for why the proposal is not a good for our city philosophically and on practical grounds. It would be inconsistent for me to oppose strong mayor and not also oppose the unnecessary charter commission that will spend the next two years carrying on this debate, only to further the distraction.
FACT #2 – I am an independent voice for you, not the candidate of any elected official or the Mayor.
Voters have been told that Mayor Johnson supports me. I’m not anyone’s candidate or the Mayor’s candidate, and I didn’t get into this race to tear anyone down in order to build us up. I’m no one’s candidate, except the people of Sacramento. I am an independent voice that resists the factionalism that has hurt our city, and my judgment will be independently based on facts and evidence. This independence comes from a broad donor base of small donors, strong support from across the city, and from the values of hard work, candor, and openness.
Let me be clear…deception has no place in this race. We should have zero tolerance for this. Earning votes this way hurts our city and reflects on just how broken our political process is.
If you hear one of these tales, please correct it by offering the truth. Let’s show Sacramento, that campaigns can be won based on values, ideas, and a positive vision of tomorrow.