As is typical of The Tribune, they understate the severity of Lois Capps’ recent “negative campaigning” in the Nov. 6 paper.
You see, they are correct in that it was clearly a negative campaign approved by an incumbent who spent nearly eight times more money than her opponent, Chris Mitchum. But it was much more than just negative. It was a clear and calculated attempt to deceive voters. A campaign conducted to mislead voters by running ads which put words into her opponent’s mouth — or took them away as she deemed to her benefit.
Anyone who took the time to visit Mitchum’s website has learned how much Capps’ campaign ads removed from context and completely twisted the positions of her opponent. And then Capps evaded repeated requests to publicly debate the issues with Mitchum. No, Capps did not just run a “negative campaign” as the Tribune softly admonished, but she violated the voters’ trust, and avoided opportunities where we could have heard the truth. But the voters have spoken, and apparently the majority don’t agree with my opinion about the truth — or perhaps they were just deceived. I hope it was just the later.