Contra Costa District Attorney candidate Mark Peterson is airing a sharply negative, 30-second TV ad about his opponent, Dan O’Malley.
Watch it on www.thefactsaboutdan.com or below.
The ad says:
“Roy Gordon… you don’t know him. District Attorney Candidate Dan O’Malley does. Roy Gordon is a six time felon, a meth dealer… imprisoned for molesting a 14-year old girl. When Gordon was released, he bludgeoned a man with a sledgehammer… attorney Dan O’Malley defended him… And it was Dan O’Malley’s law firm who cut a sweetheart deal to let Gordon free. Three months later… Gordon invaded an innocent family’s home… over 30 shots were fired. Dan O’Malley is not qualified to be our next District Attorney.”
The factual content is accurate with one exception, says my colleague, Times reporter John Simerman. Gordon is accused of being involved in the home invasion but that has not been proven.
It’s a scathing ad that goes the heart of Peterson’s campaign theme, that a defense attorney is an inappropriate choice for District Attorney.
O’Malley has tried to compensate for his client list through an emphasis on his nearly six years as a Superior Court judge and his representation of people whose family members were victimized and killed by criminals.
But let’s face it, a defense attorney doesn’t always attract the nicest of people. Some people are innocent, of course, but many are not.