Supervisor Federal Glover of Pittsburg, through an attorney, is asking challenger Erik Nunn of Oakley to “cease and desist” in the distribution of campaign mailer that contained false and misleading information about the incumbent. (Click here to see my blog entry and a copy of the mailer.)
Glover is also asking Nunn for a public apology and and retraction.
Read more for the content of the letter to Nunn dated today from the Sacramento office of Mennemeier, Glassman & Stroud:
May 30, 2008
Dear Mr. Nunn:
This office represents Contra Costa County Supervisor Federal Glover. This letter constitutes Mr. Glover’s demand that you immediately cease and desist from all further publication, distribution, and dissemination of the enclosed brochure. By this letter, you are hereby put on notice that the statements, impressions, and representations contained in that brochure are false and libelous under California Civil Code sections 45 and/or 45a. Mr. Glover further demands that you and your campaign issue an immediate public apology and retraction of the brochure.
As reported in today’s edition of the Contra Costa Times, the brochure at issue “contains major misstatements and false impressions.” Lisa Vorderbrueggen, Anti-Glover Mailer False, Misleading, Contra Costa Times, May 30, 2008 at Page A3. Foremost among those “major misstatements” is that Mr. Glover failed to pay his bills for garbage service on his properties, and left taxpayers to do so. That assertion is absolutely false, as was reported in the Contra Costa Times. We believe that these, and other assertions in the brochure, were published by you and your campaign with full knowledge of their falsity, or with a reckless disregard for the truth.
Your publication of this brochure constitutes not only a breach of your common law duties to Mr. Glover, but also a breach of your ethical duties to the public. Be advised that Mr. Glover intends to pursue all legal remedies available to him in connection with the brochure.
You are again urged to mitigate further injury to Mr. Glover by immediately issuing a public apology and retraction.
Very truly yours,