Contra Costa District Attorney candidate Dan O’Malley responded this afternoon to last week’s sharply negative television ad from his opponent, Mark Peterson. (See the ad here.)
“My opponent has deliberately set out not to run on a positive platform, but has shown his true colors as a person of questionable morals who thinks this who thinks this type of slander, misinformation and mischaracterization is acceptable,” O’Malley said. “Is this the type of man you want as your District Attorney?”
Reminscent of the Willie Horton ad that helped sink Michael Dukakis’ presidential hopes, Peterson’s spot focuses on O’Malley’s work as a defense attorney and his representation of a guy who was allegedly involved in a home invasion robbery after he was released.
O’Malley also released today his own TV ad, too, which you can view below, in which he says he is a “prosecutor” and not a “politician.”
Here is O’Malley’s full statement:
O’MALLEY IS A PROSECUTOR, NOT A POLITICIAN Former Judge debuts TV Advertisement
Concord, CA — Judge Dan O’Malley (ret.) today debuted his first campaign TV advertisement and called for the voters of the Contra Costa County to educate themselves on the qualifications of the candidates running for District Attorney, in light of the recent smear campaign by his opponent.
“The Office of the District Attorney is a very important position, and the voters of the County owe it to themselves to be better informed in order to make the right decision,” Former Judge Dan O’Malley said.
“My opponent has deliberately set out not to run on a positive platform, but has shown his true colors as a person of questionable morals who thinks this who thinks this type of slander, misinformation and mischaracterization is acceptable. Is this the type of man you want as your District Attorney?
“His accusations are a false, and are a malicious distortion of the truth for his own political gain. I’m a prosecutor, not a politician.”
The advertisement focuses on the support Judge Dan O’Malley (ret.) has gained from the law enforcement community, particularly from his opponent’s own colleagues in the District Attorney’s office.
With his strong, issues-based vision for change in Contra Costa, Judge O’Malley (ret.) has overwhelming support from decision makers to grass roots supporters. He has been endorsed by Congressmen Miller and Garamendi, Assemblymembers Skinner and Torlakson as well as Senators Hancock, Corbett and Desaulnier. He is the only candidate who is uniting Republican and Democrats alike, with the support of Joseph Russoniello (Former US Attorney – Northern District of California), McGregor Scott (Former US Attorney – Eastern District of California) and John S. Herrington, Former Secretary of Energy.
“I am a man of principle and from the outset, I have focused my time and energy on listening to the needs of the communities and addressing them specifically. I have a vision for change that will improve the office and well as the safety and security of the citizens of this great County,” Judge Dan O’Malley (ret.) said.
Contra Costa County residents will decide the outcome at the polls on November 2nd. For further information about Judge Dan O’Malley (ret.), please visit his website at www.DanOMalley.org. The campaign advertisement can be found at his website or at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hU0-lh-qMeE