Duplicitous endorsements on fake Democratic flier
Original post made by Catherine McMillan, Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park, on Oct 26, 2006
The mailer lists its alleged recommendations for state offices and then (quite remarkably) for Menlo Park City Council. It lists Duboc, Boyle and Winkler. It also "recommends" a yes vote on Measure J, right above its recommendation for governor no less (!).
Surprise, surprise: the ONLY names on the whole mailer that have asterisks by their names are our "Honorable" councilmembers Duboc and Winkler, candidate Boyle, and Measure J. If an intrigued voter takes the trouble to look further, they will have to turn the flier around and just might notice a minuscule disclaimer that candidates or measures designated by an asterisk have paid for or authorized inclusion in the mailer.
Let's be clear that THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY HAS ACTUALLY ENDORSED HEYWARD ROBINSON AND RICH CLINE; the mailer is a mere marketing piece and is NOT issued or condoned by the Democratic Party. The slate candidates or their handlers have evidently consented to or have paid to have their names used in a fake mailer designed to trick voters into thinking that they have been endorsed by the Democratic Party, perhaps by Dianne Feinstein herself, since her picture is prominently displayed on the mailer's front!
This misleading practice is so abhorrent and unethical that it is dispiriting to think that it can actually be legal. Will Menlo Park voters make room on the dais for people who participate in this trickery? Is this another indication of how they propose to continue running MP: by deceit and subterfuge?