State Assembly candidate Susan Jordan is running against Das Williams for the Democratic nomination to replace Pedro Nava in the state assembly. Her campaign sent in a photo of Ashley her dog, a sign photoshopped in, and this quote:
Ever since I was little, I was bringing home abandoned animals. Looking back, my mother was very tolerant considering we lived in a small one-bedroom apartment! Ashley came to us when she was only 8 months old and had been starved and abandoned. She has been a light in our lives ever since she arrived.
Susan Jordan and Das Williams are locked in a tight battle to win the nomination of their party. The intensity is really high because the winner of the nomination is expected to be able to easily beat the Republican nominee in this district.
Lately charges have been flying that the campaign has turned negative. Susan Jordan has been accused of violating a clean campaign pledge. Click on continue reading to see the charge against her and her response.
Susan Jordan's campaign wisely linked to her mailers so that we can judge for ourselves. Download them here ( pdf ) :
I think it would be great if all mailers were posted online so that we can see what candidates try to target to particular demographic groups. With that in mind email me any mailer that you would like to see posted.
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Susan Jordan stands by mailers about
the differences between her and
PXP oil deal supporter Das Williams
Williams' supporters set press conference to complain
about factual mailer, oppose fair debate on offshore oil
My campaign has sent out information to people in the 35th Assembly District reconfirming my opposition to offshore oil drilling and my opponent Das Williams' support for the controversial Texas-based Plains Exploration and Production Company (PXP) plan for new offshore oil drilling in California Sanctuary Act waters. (Link to mailer1) (Link to mailer 2)
It is unfortunate and undemocratic that some feel telling the truth is somehow "negative campaigning." I strongly disagree.
Democracy demands a vigorous debate on key policies that affect the District and the State. What happens in Santa Barbara on offshore oil affects the state and the nation. It is important that everyone be aware of the candidates' significant differences on this important environmental issue.
Williams' support for the PXP deal, which calls for up to 30 new wells, doubles the risk of an oil spill off the Santa Barbara/Ventura coast. The PXP proposal would be the first new offshore oil lease in California in over 40 years.
Williams supports the controversial PXP oil drilling. I do not.
Williams originally supported my campaign for the Assembly, but changed his mind and entered the race for the Assembly based on my opposition to the PXP proposal.
The information from my campaign accurately describes Williams' support for the first secret PXP deal, his documented assertion that environmental groups should make "good (secret) deals like that," and his continued support for the new leasing and drilling proposal even after the Gulf oil tragedy -- and after the Governor made an informed decision to drop his support for the PXP project, calling it too risky for California.
The State Lands Commission staff and the California Attorney General, after review of the "new" PXP deal, issued a legal memorandum concluding that it is still unenforceable, still increases the risk of an oil spill, still encourages new federal leasing off our coast and is still not in the best interests of the state, but still Williams continues to support the PXP proposal.
You can't have it both ways. Williams says he doesn't support new oil drilling, but ignores the legal guidance of the state's top prosecutor and the State Lands Commission legal counsel who have now twice said this deal will not stop oil drilling off the Santa Barbara coast. His support for the PXP deal demonstrates poor judgment and puts our coast in jeopardy of an oil spill that would have devastating impacts on our coastal economy, our wildlife and our beaches.
To learn more about Susan, visit her website at www.jordan4assembly.com
Here is the press release from the Santa Barbara Democratic Party:
DEMOCRATIC PARTY PRESS CONFERENCE CALLS FOR RETURN TO CIVILITY
CONTACT: DARAKA LARIMORE-HALL, SBCDP CHAIR
ATTATCHED: SBCDP CLEAN CAMPAIGN PLEDGE
MONDAY, MAY 24th. Local Democrats and allies gathered today at the Courthouse to speak out against a dramatic violation of the Party's Clean Campaign Pledge. In recent days, candidate Susan Jordan has flooded 35th Assembly District mailboxes with negative mailers, complete with personal, character-based attacks on her opponent. . "Susan Jordan made a promise to fellow Democrats to stay positive," says Party activist Nancy Miller, President of the Democratic Service Club. "She has broken that promise."
CLEAN CAMPAIGN PLEDGE JORDAN'S IDEA
The Democratic Party's Clean Campaign Pledge was adopted by the county board earlier this year. It was crafted in response to a cycle of negative materials from supporters of both 35th district candidates earlier this year. The pledge was first proposed by Susan Jordan at the February meeting of the party board. Both candidates signed on.
ACTIVISTS FEAR JORDAN'S ATTACKS HURT PARTY IN NOVEMBER
Local Democrats had hoped that the pledge would stave off a divisive battle that would provide Republicans with ammunition for the general election. The mailers attempt to paint Das Williams as pro-oil and in the pocket of special interests, despite his lifelong commitment to end offshore drilling and endorsements from the Sierra Club and the League of Conservation Voters. "It's disappointing and detrimental to a fair political process that (Das') opponent has resorted to attack ads that mislead and confuse the voters on this most critical issue" said Mary Ellen Wylie, President of Democratic Women of S.B. County, one of many local Democratic clubs supporting Williams.
DEBATE GOOD, ATTACKS BAD
The pledge does not preclude a robust discussion of policy differences. "Its good to have debate about important issues," says former Santa Barbara Mayor Marty Blum. "But these mailers really attack Das' character and values. We can disagree about how to protect our coast, but no reasonable person could see these mailers as anything but an attack."
JORDAN CAMPAIGN PROTESTS PRESS CONFERENCE
Speaking at the press conference were Miller, County Party Chairman Daraka Larimore-Hall, and Mick Shear, organizer with SEIU Local 620. Forty supporters in attendence were joined by Blum, Margaret Connell and Ed Easton (Goleta City Council), Grant House (SB City Council), as well as activists from PUEBLO, UAW and the SB City Firefighters. A small contingent of Susan Jordan supporters protested the event, laughing audibly when Jordan was asked to "return to the high road".
Democratic Party of Santa Barbara County