In San Francisco, connecting a ballot measure or a candidate to republicans can be a death sentence. That’s exactly what the Yes on C, No On D campaign is attempting to do with progressive Public Defender Jeff Adachi.
An attack ad that began airing on television this week, which is scheduled for 1,000 showings, displays the image of Adachi in a Mount Rushmore-like grouping with those Republican leaders most-hated by San Francisco liberals: Former President George W. Bush, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
The image is displayed in a dark sky above San Francisco and The City is cast in an ominous orange hue. On the bottom of the screen are the words: “Now they are here.” The television spot says that “the same tea party billionaires who funded these attacks are funding Prop. D in San Francisco.”
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Adachi dismissed the attack ad as having no merits and just another attempt to distract voters from the problem at hand.
“I hope they’re not spending too much money on these ads,” Adachi said. “Not only are they hard to take seriously. I doubt San Franciscans will think their progressive public defender has transformed into Sarah Palin.”
Adachi is probably the least likely San Francisco politician to be thought of as a Palin crony. After all, Adachi has made a career in uncovering police corruption in the San Francisco Police Department and recently hired San Francisco’s most celebrated progressive leader Matt Gonzalez as the department’s chief attorney.
“It’s not only false. It’s libelous to say anyone connected with our measure is a tea party member,” he said.
He said his opponents are doing anything possible to divert focus from the facts about the dueling pension measures. Adachi’s Proposition D pension measure would save The City up to $400 million more during the next decade than Proposition C, the measure crafted by Mayor Ed Lee with labor union leaders and the Board of Supervisors.
Yes on C, No on D spokesman Nathan Ballard said that “whether he knows it or not, Jeff Adachi is being used” by these “anti-labor billionaires” and he is a “tool” of a “concerted effort” to “crush labor unions.”
Ballard said that venture capitalist Michael Moritz is one of the largest contributors to Adachi’s pension measure and has also contributed to Republicans in Ohio and Wisconsin who led anti-union efforts.
The TV spot concludes: “Send these billionaires a message: This isn’t Wisconsin and San Francisco is no tea party town.”
Shortly after asking Adachi to comment on the attack ad, he issued a statement renewing his challenge to Mayor Ed Lee to debate the dueling pension ballot measures.
“Mayor Ed Lee touts Proposition C as a consensus plan that brought all the stakeholders to the table,” Adachi said in the statement. “But in refusing to bring this conversation to the people, Lee ignores the most important stakeholder in this city’s future fiscal health — the taxpayers. The voters of San Francisco deserve to hear the merits of these propositions debated, so that the final say can be theirs.”