By Ann Ravel
I have spent much of my adult life fighting for truth and fairness in campaigning – including serving as Chair of the Fair Political Practices Commission in California and as President Barack Obama’s appointment to the Federal Election Commission.
Over that time, I have monitored a great deal of negative campaigning and misinformation. But the level of outright falsehoods coming out of Cindy Chavez and her campaign for Mayor shock even me.
Here are the facts – Matt Mahan is a Democrat, he is pro-choice, he supports sensible gun regulation. That is not just my opinion – those are provable facts.
Yet Supervisor Cindy Chavez and her big-dollar allies send you mail piece after mail piece trying to get you to believe otherwise, and clearly trying to distract attention from the Supervisor’s failed record on crime, homelessness, affordable housing and waste in government.
I already support Matt because I agree with his common-sense solutions to improve how we make San Jose safer, reduce homelessness, and spend our tax dollars more effectively in these tough economic times.
But we all now have another reason to support Matt – to say “NO” to a political machine that treats us with such disrespect they think we will fall for their outright lies. I recently wrote an article about this issue – “When Will Cindy Chavez Tell the Truth?” I hope you find a moment to read it here before you vote.
If you want to stand up for common-sense and truth in campaigning – a great way to do both is to volunteer for Matt’s campaign in these final days. The truth is stronger than lies. But we all need to do our part to spread the truth.