Thursday, September 21, 2006

Mayoral Campaign Gets Nasty

Yesterday afternoon, Cindy Chavez and Chuck Reed participated in a heated debate held by the Rotary Club. The headlines today say it all... The Merc declared “Candidates Battle” and “Sparks Fly”. NBC11 said “Candidates Get Testy”. And CBS explained “Race Becomes Harsh”. In reality, most of the debate was pretty chill. It really got feisty when Reed accused Chavez and Labor of campaign violations similar to those from the Chamber of Commerce. In response, Chavez said, “I think the idea that you can make accusations about an organization that did nothing illegal, and is not accused, except by you, and not bringing it to the elections commission is very inappropriate… I've done nothing, not one thing while I've been in office to do anything but bring honor to this city and your accusations are so inappropriate, so inappropriate.” Now it’s one thing when an allegedly separate organization attacks your opponent and you pretend to disapprove of the “negative campaigning” while secretly loving it; it’s another thing to have your opponent calling you out face to face. And let me tell you, Cindy and Chuck were using fighting words. At this point, both candidates must feel very attacked. Up until recently, Chuck didn’t know what it felt like to be personally attacked. In reference to the accusations of wrongdoing regarding Reed’s client’s liquor license, Reed pouts that he doesn’t like the “dirt attacks on me – I don’t like it at all.” In response, Chavez claims “I have only been responding to things that I hear.” Often times, she is simply defending herself. But with the accusation of the council vote that benefited Reed’s client, Chavez was just responding to a consultant that she heard saying “Do more oppositional research and hit him hard!” Regardless, Reed is getting a taste of his own medicine and is now attacking her in a less subtle or thoughtful way. Hopefully, both candidates will steer clear of more unfounded allegations and focus on their distinct visions for the future of the 10th biggest city in the nation.

7 Comments:

At 3:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

...wondering when Cindy is going to give Nora and Nancy the nod for another piece.

 
At 3:50 PM, Anonymous concerned dem said...

I'm wondering when Dennis Fong is going to make another contribution to COMPAC to go after Cindy.

 
At 5:27 PM, Anonymous anonymous said...

I'm wondreing when poeple are going to stop falling for Cindy's garbage about being a vitcim of potilics. Welcome to the real world Cindy!!!1

 
At 5:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous' English Teacher said...

hmmm, and I'm wondering when anonymous is going to graduate from second grade...

 
At 6:15 PM, Anonymous concerned dem said...

Cindy is a victim of 'potilics'. She is being grouped with Gonzalez because they are both progressive and have latino last names. She gets morons like anonymous criticizing her on this blog and San Jose Inside for her weight. She has bigot Reed supporters making racist attacks against her in the Mercury News discussion forum. She gets donations from staff from the Mercury News. She gets a 160K slandering by COMPAC - a group headed by her political rival and funded in part by a bitter Dennis Fong. She gets routinely thrown into the Norcal scandal conversation despite being exonerated by grand jury transcripts while her opponent votes for a policy that benefits a paying client of his and faces virtually no scrutiny for it. Yeah... that sounds like the deck is pretty much stacked against her.

 
At 6:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

concerned dem,

Give an example when Chavez did not vote with Gonzo? The reality is, Gonzo was her mentor. If we want to end the Gonzo/Chavez corruption, we have no choice but to vote for Reed. Reed is the lesser of two evils. If Chavez really wants to win this race, she should try taking the high road for once and give back all lobbyist, labor and developer contributions. The public simply wants a mayor that will not be influenced by special interests. So far Chavez has not shown she can be that mayor.

 
At 11:51 AM, Anonymous MrEric said...

I agree with what anonymous' english teacher said........just shut up anonymous

 

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