Editor’s note: We received this unusual email from the Brian Dahle “elect a farmer” campaign the other day. Though a staunch GOPer, Brian is receiving bipartisan support in his run for state Assembly against Rick Bosetti (another staunch Republican). I wish Brian well:
I just wanted to touch base on an issue that shouldn’t be surprising to any of us. Political debates always seem to get increasingly uncomfortable the closer we get to Election Day, even when we have tried as hard as we have to stay away from any unkind words.
As a result, I am writing to ask for your help in reporting any mail, phone calls, Twitter/Facebook/Online messages, etc. that you might have received or will receive during this time. All of your feedback will help us in this campaign.
I want to make sure the TRUTH reaches the people in District 1 and you can help by letting us know what you hear. Please feel free to call me anytime – (530) 251-3888 or email Brian@BrianDahle.com to let us know your concerns and feedback.
Well, Brian, here’s some mail we received this afternoon: A full-color “unkind word” mailer directed at you.
It shows a man on the beach in Hawaii with a ukulele and hula shirt and the caption: “While Californians struggle to find jobs, Brian Dahle has been living the high life … and you have been paying for it.”
“Assembly candidate Brian Dahle travels extensively to attend conventions of elected officials. These junkets cost taxpayers over $8,000 per year for destinations such as Hawaii, Alaska and Saint George”
It cites his “outrageous pension” and adds “keeping a secret.”
“We don’t need any more big spenders in the State Assembly. Let’s reject Brian Dahle.”
The mailer is “paid for by Northstate Farm and Business PAC supporting Rick Bosetti for assembly.” I’m stunned.
Rick, here’s my advice. It goes with the territory in our “mud-pit” political world. In addition, some of your most vociferous supporters (they know who they are) have run “unkind word” campaigns of their own, so check with them about a pithy response. (The Hawaii trip was in 2005, according to a reference in the mailer).
Besides, the guy in the picture doesn’t have much of a tan — let alone a “farmer’s tan” — so he’s not living the real high life.
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