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Beware Late Flying Mud in Campaigns 

Thursday, Nov. 01, 2012

Beware late-flying mud in campaigns

 In these final days before the election, the campaigns for the 10th Congressional and 5th state Senate District have both deteriorated into a mass of distortions and misleading advertisements.
At this point, our advice to voters is to ignore anything that was not paid for by the candidate’s own election committee and take those with a large grain of salt.
5th State Senate District
The ads have gotten just as bad in the contest between Bill Berryhill and Cathleen Galgiani, both sitting Assembly members. They make exactly the same amount of money, but opposition ads claimed the other was overpaid.
Berryhill supporters are trying to portray Galgiani as soft on crime, calling her “The Felon’s Best Friend” and claiming she voted to let sexual predators out of prison early. The claim refers to her support of the realignment — shifting responsibility for incarceration from state prisons to county jails — but that law specifically excluded sex offenders. Law enforcement supporters of Galgiani denounced that ad at a press conference in Stockton on Monday.
Galgiani is not soft on crime. She supports the death penalty. One of her cousins disappeared in 1981 and her body has never been found. There was suspicion that the cousin might have been the victim of a pair of serial killers in San Joaquin County, which is why Galgiani has gotten so involved in that case.
The unions supporting Galgiani have responded with distortions as well, arguing that Berryhill “thinks politicians know best when it comes to women’s health decisions.” Berryhill has voted with his party on most of the social issues and has put most of his focus on water, agriculture and business issues.
Legislators typically vote with the majority of their party — 99 percent of the time for Democrats and 94 percent for Republicans, according to a Sacramento Bee review of voting records from the 2011-12 session. Galgiani and Berryhill are among the more independent for their respective parties. Among more than 3,500 votes during the 2011-12 session, Galgiani voted against the Democratic majority 53 times. Berryhill voted against his Republican colleagues 205 times during the two-year session.
Voters have important decisions to make in this election. Those who regularly follow the performance of their elected representatives have an advantage because they can easily spot — and dismiss — the deceptive claims being thrown out. For everyone else, let the voter beware. At this point, the goal is winning, not truthfulness.

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