Last week Don Facciano accused his opponent for Treasurer / Tax Collector of many wrong doings, including using his influence to help a convicted sexual offender. Now he continues on the attack with a radio and television campaign.
This ad just started playing on local television:
Steven Hintz has thus far refused to comment or release anything related to the allegations. His opponent claims there is a letter where Hintz asked for leniency for a convicted sex offender but so far no letter has emerged as proof. But Hintz has responded by releasing new endorsements to show leaders are willing to put their name on the line as character witnesses. Here are some of those new endorsements:
The Ventura County Star has a news story that summarizes the race in detail. The news article includes this quote:
In 1992, Hintz was admonished by the state Commission on Judicial Performance for three instances of misconduct: ordering a search of spectators in his courtroom, criticizing jurors for their verdict, and improperly using his judicial office for a personal purpose in ordering a new trial.
I'm not interested in being critical of searching the crowd but I'd like to know more about the state commission admonishing him for ordering a new trial.
People say endorsements don't matter much but in a story like this where it is difficult for a voter to know the truth watching how many leaders are willing to be character witnesses is very powerful.