Letters: Scott Wiener’s camp propagating false claims

“San Francisco deserves better than Jane Kim,” In My View, Oct. 26

Scott Wiener’s camp propagating false claims

In Louise Fischer and Brian Leubitz’s recent op-ed piece, the writers included a blatant lie in an attempt to attack Supervisor Jane Kim.

Sadly, this has been the hallmark of the campaign waged by Supervisor Scott Wiener and his surrogates. In this case, the writers falsely claim that Kim supports Proposition 60. This is verifiably untrue, as Jane has been publicly opposed to Prop. 60 since this summer. Wiener and his surrogates have previously been told this was untrue, yet persist on spreading this lie.

Of course, this is just the latest falsehood spread by the Wiener camp in their desperate bid to distract from his record of standing hand-in-hand with corporate special interests against what’s best for the residents of this district. These same special interests have spent a million dollars attacking Jane — because they know she fights for us. That’s why she’s been endorsed by the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club, Cleve Jones, Sen. Bernie Sanders, the Sierra Club and every major tenants’ rights group.

Fischer and Leubitz should be ashamed for their attempts to mislead voters.

Christopher R. Vasquez
Campaign manager
Jane Kim for Senate 2016

“The end of civility,” Broke-Ass City, Oct. 27

How about the death of playing by the rules?

Stuart Schuffman’s column about the end of civility was terrific, reporting that Supervisor Scott Wiener refused Supervisor Jane Kim’s call for a pledge not to run negative attack ads in their state Senate race. “Who does that?” Schuffman wondered.

Stuart, meet Gwyneth Borden, candidate in the BART District 9 election.

BART candidate Michael Petrelis called for a similar pledge, which he and Bevan Dufty signed. Borden refused, saying she was politely declining signing. Her rationale? “Ultimately, history is not on the side of African-American women who play by the rules.”

Borden quoted a character from the movie Working Girl: “You can bend the rules plenty once you get to the top, but not while you’re
trying to get there. And if you’re someone like me, you can’t get there without bending the rules.”

Is no-negative-ads civility any skin off Borden’s nose? Along with the death of civility, is playing by the rules also now dead?

Patrick Monette-Shaw
San Francisco

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