Mudslinging buries political issues in state governor’s race
November 1, 2002
Filed under Opinion
The California governor’s race is solely based on the attack of ideals, business records and personal pasts. It is just like an old fashioned mudslinging contest.
Gray Davis has been fronting his campaign on the idea of making Bill Simon look like a crooked businessman, while never even mentioning the politics in this political race.
In rebuttal to Davis’ extremely negative ads, Simon has been trying to hit back with ads about Davis’ poor political history, especially the enormous power fiasco he created in 2000. This week, Simon accused Davis of improper campaign fund-raising in 1993 and 1994, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Mark L. Nathanson, a convicted racketeer, accused Davis of this, but prosecutors dismissed the case due to lack of evidence.
Davis’ spokesman called this accusation “totally false.” This is the second time Simon has accused Davis of illegal campaign contributions.
The first was when the Simon campaign sent the media a photo of Davis, then state controller, receiving a campaign contribution in what appeared to be a government building. However, Davis proved the photo was taken at a private home.
Davis then placed ads on television showing headlines from newspapers across the state that attacked Simon for trying to use the photo against him.
Davis has run different ads in different areas of the state to cater to the varied political views of residents.
In San Francisco, a liberal area, he has run very few anti-Simon ads, when compared to Los Angeles, where he has run the bulk of his anti-Simon messages, according to the Los Angeles Times.
This election has little to do with the multitude of politics that needs to be discussed, just the politics of mudslinging.