Jeff Smith 11:30 a.m., Dec. 8
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Clawgate: Developer Ally UT Goes into Major Damage Control for Golden Boy Gloria
Wow, this race is getting exciting! I have a hard time getting into politics unless there is some serious scandal and luckily I live in D3 where scandal abounds! But what else would you expect from a district where one candidate's biggest supporter and cheerleader is an infamous overly melodramatic drag queen diva, named Nicole Ramirez.
Clawgate: aptly named for the handshake between what Fred Williams eloquently describes as "a reddish hand with "Lee (Press-on) Nails Black Extreme" and some unnamed seedy politician, has taken a new turn as the UT has gone into panic mode launching a massive damage control effort for developer golden boy Todd Gloria.
Someone (and that someone may have even been Todd) is really regretting a mailer that they created which was meant to nail Stephen Whitburn with an iron clad list of his "special interests" and prove to people once and for all that Todd was the candidate for the people and Stephen was the candidate for the developers.
The problem, the "list" that they are so proud of, is a list of solid, upright citizens that have led the fight against bad development
The other problem: the flyer was paid for by one of those "independent expenditure" committees, composed of developers.
I don't think they thought people pay attention to such insignificant details. But what can we say, the S Dubs are very nerdy, we pay attention to everything.
So the U-T, in the "11th hour" writes a piece that is supposed to make everything OK. The problem...it doesnt say ANYTHING.
Here is Todd's famous quote; "I cannot speak to the factual accuracy of the mailer in question. I do believe that negative campaigning distracts from the issues of importance to District 3 voters," he said.
It does huh? Than why in the world did you just allow your campaign to send out the biggest hit piece in decades and why do you allow your mouthpiece, Nicole Ramirez, to constantly assault the integrity of Stephen and his supporters.
case and point: this latest story:
"Whitburn Supporters Threaten Business People".
And you can't speak to the factual accuracy? really? Can you speak to the factual accuracy of anything in your campaign? Todd, this is a real problem. How are you suppose to lead us when you can't speak to the factual accuracy of people working for you.
So then the UT comes up with this brilliant piece:
Surely this will fix it! We will call it "Welcome to Hell Week For Politics". That way people will just think this is business as usual in politics and will compare it to other mailers and imply there is nothing new or unusual here.
"As is common with these 11th-hour pieces -- to which candidates usually don't have time to mount a counter-attack mailing -- there are funny tactics in addition to below-the-belt slurs and caricatures of the other side."
"Funny tactics", like slandering your constituents. I get it. This was all a funny joke. Everyone relax. I mean com'on, Whitburn is playing the same funny tactics game:
"District 3 candidate Stephen Whitburn's campaign issued fliers criticizing opponent Todd Gloria for accepting donations from developers and lobbyists. One side boasts a fanciful depiction of the "lobbyists": Several gray-haired men in dark suits holding champagne flutes at a cocktail party. Whitburn's campaign said it's a stock photo."
What!!! Stephen is using stock photos! How scandalous. OK now I see the 2 mailers are clearly the same.
Thank God the fair and balanced, unbiased UT is here to clarify things.
Im sorry UT. This is lame. Are you guys really that arrogant that you think you can just call a writer and tell them you need a damage control piece. And then give us a piece that just lists every political mailer and you think that we will think its the same? This is a major insult to the intelligence of the citizens. You are wasting your time with these fluff pieces. We know the truth.
The UT and the developer GOP are one in the same. Your trick of dressing up your favorite Republican as a Democrat is not working. We're tired of tricks, we'd like our treat please!
More like this:
- Overheard at City Hall — Nov. 2, 2008
- Gloria's Hit Piece: "No Backroom Deals", Backfires — Oct. 30, 2008
- Gloria Camp: Anything To Win — Oct. 29, 2008
- Gloria's Inglorious Garbage — Oct. 28, 2008
- Why Independents Support Whitburn — Sept. 17, 2008