The Tribune’s April 26 article on district attorney candidate Dan Dow’s ethics was troubling. The article reports that Dow accepted campaign contributions from Jim Murphy, a local criminal defense attorney.
On March 1, The Tribune reported that Dow accepted a campaign contribution from Jeff Stein, another local criminal defense attorney. As a retired SLO County deputy DA, I know both Murphy and Stein to have very active criminal defense practices here in San Luis Obispo County.
In my opinion, a candidate for district attorney who accepts campaign contributions from active local criminal defense attorneys presents an appearance of impropriety. When a candidate for district attorney accepts campaign contributions from opposing counsel, the public will question both the candidate’s judgement and whether he has divided loyalties.