Below, in italics, is a news release issued by the Dennis Donohue for supervisor campaign on Tuesday. Below that, a couple of questions and comments:
CANDIDATE FOR 4TH DISTRICT SUPERVISOR DENNIS DONOHUE CLARIFIES AND REAFFIRMS CAMPAIGN MAILER CONTENT
Campaign Questions Motives of Monning Press Release
SALINAS, CA – Dennis Donohue, candidate for District 4 Supervisor of Monterey County clarified and defended the content of a recent campaign mailer focused on the public voting record of his opponent in the upcoming June primary.
“While I respect and admire the hard work and leadership of Senator Monning on the Monterey County Veteran’s Cemetery Project, his press release indicates that literature sent out by my campaign was misleading and false and that is simply not true,” commented Donohue. “The facts are extremely clear as in consecutive Fort Ord Reuse Authority (FORA) meetings (September 14 and October 12, 2012) that were attended by Senator Monning, Ms. Parker and myself, Ms. Parker voted to request the FORA staff to recommend a new location for the Veteran’s Cemetery, needlessly delaying the project”
“Furthermore,” continued Donohue, “October 12, 2012 meeting, she voted again to direct staff to look for additional locations and that motion was defeated 12-1. A pattern has emerged where progress on items such as this, the Eastside Parkway and already approved development designed to give Seaside and Marina back the economic engine lost due to Fort Ord’s closure have been delayed and blocked and the residents of the 4th District deserve better.”
Donohue Campaign Manager Steve Thomas stated, “It’s not the literature that is calling into question Ms. Parker’s true intentions regarding this issue, it’s the Veterans themselves. There is still a lot of work to be done to make the cemetery a reality and the community would like to see their elected officials making every effort to get these projects completed for the betterment of all of Monterey County.”
“Additionally, for Senator Monning to comment on a “Campaign based on lies and deception” as indicated in his release, he has to look no further than Ms. Parker’s own campaign literature of elections past and her irresponsible public comments regarding Dennis Donohue’s record as the three term mayor of Salinas. We stand behind the pieces 100% as fact-based campaign literature based on the public voting record of our opponent.”
Donahue’s comments here only hint at the accusations his campaign tossed at the Parker campaign, which include voting against redevelopment of Fort Ord and costing the community millions of dollars and thousands of jobs. You can read the earlier Partisan stories here and here, so no need to go into detail here.
My main question is this: Donohue now accuses Parker of a “campaign based on lies and deception” and cites “Ms. Parker’s own campaign literature of elections past and her irresponsible public comments regarding Dennis Donohue’s record as the three term mayor of Salinas.” I would ask, and I would hope others, including Donohue supporters, will ask that he cite some specifics. He is calling her a liar and a deceiver but backs that up not at all. Strong words. Let’s see some examples.