SD10: Pro-Hayashi mailers blast Wieckowski

Former Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi and her supporters sent more mailers this week to chip away at Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski’s reputation in the 10th State Senate District race.

Two of the mailers reiterate the claim first advanced via Hayashi’s BobProtectedRapists.com website that, well, Bob protected rapists. Both these mailers were paid for by the Californians Allied for Patient Protection Independent Expenditure Account, funded by medical, dental and insurance interest groups.

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The mailers note Wieckowski was the lone vote against a bill – AB 1522 of 2012 – to protect people sexually assaulted by their spouses. The bill required that if a spouse is convicted of a violent sexual felony against the other spouse and the couple divorces within five years, the injured spouse can’t be made to pay any spousal support or attorney’s fees, and is entitled to keep all of his/her own retirement and pension benefits.

Legislative records show Wieckowski voted against the bill in the Assembly Judiciary Committee, but several months later voted for it in the final Assembly floor vote, after it had been amended. Gov. Jerry Brown signed the bill into law in September 2012.

Wieckowski voted against the bill in committee because he had concerns about mixing criminal and civil court cases, but those concerns were addressed by the time of the final floor vote, campaign consultant Lisa Tucker said last week.

Hayashi’s campaign put out its own mailer this week claiming Wieckowski “will say or do anything for his political agenda,” citing various media sources. More about that, after the jump…

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Two sources cited by Hayashi’s mailer cites are Bay Area News Group editorials – one from 2012 and the other from this month – taking Wieckowski to task for his role in legislation dealing with municipal bankruptcies; the latter editorial called Wieckowski “intellectually dishonest.” However, that editorial actually was BANG’s endorsement of Wieckowski over Hayashi in this very race; it concluded “voters shouldn’t consider her” because she has failed to take appropriate responsibility for her 2012 shoplifting conviction, for which she is still on probation.

Another source cited by Hayashi’s mailer is an East Bay Citizen post which alleged Wieckowski and his staff moved to stack the list of local party delegates last year.

And another source cited by Hayashi’s mailer is a Bay Area News Group Tri-City Beat blog post from 2010 in which Wieckowski described a mailer as “a propaganda piece. I’m taking liberties with my use of action words.”

Wieckowski was the first to go negative in this race, launching a MugShotMary.com website highlighting Hayashi’s shoplifting conviction; labor unions supporting Wieckowski later followed up with first one mailer and then another on the same topic.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • Marga

    It’s pretty amazing that Hayashi cannot find one legitimate reason to go after Wieckowski. I have to say that Mary’s mailers/website have done a lot to raise my own appreciation of Wieckowski. If Mary can’t find anything real to criticize him on, I can only imagine there isn’t anything.

  • Willis James

    I agree with your view. However the various forces favoring Wieckowski had better come up with excellent ads so as to not let the main charge against Mary Hayashi, the shoplifting conviction, just be tumbled into a mix of charges and counter charges, wherein the voters gives them all equal weight. I’m sure that is part of Mary’s plan.

    Example of a truly poor video (advertisement?) put out by
    “Californians for Integrity in Government Opposed to Hayashi for Senate in 2014”

    I think this ad isn’t even worth airing or putting out.
    It falls into the trap I spoke about above.
    I hope big money isn’t being wasted on such ineffective videos and ads


    Worthless and forgettable points
    1. She held three jobs at once.
    2. She held a fundraiser in a lobbyist’s home

    Complete waste of the precious time that you have the voters attention.
    Who is getting paid to put out this ineffective garbage.
    Hire someone with a more direct message than this scatter gun approach.

  • Marga

    Yep, I agree, that’s a pretty stupid ad.

  • So Ironic that Hayashi starts a negative mailer filled with blatant lies by saying “Bob Wieckowski will say or do anything for his political campaign.” In other words, Mary Hayashi will say or do anything for her campaign and that includes lying about how they vote–which seems normal given Hayashi retroactively changed how she voted 291 times–or copying partial sections of quotes to in order to communicate the opposite of what actually happened.

    And really, Mary Hayashi clogs my mailbox with misleading propaganda only to say her opponent spreads propaganda. Talk about irony.

    Maybe she’s not just evil but also stupid.

  • It’s a pretty bad ad that actually brings up some really good points. The Bob Wieckowski campaign needs to accelerate its mailers or less they might get embarassed and lose to a dirty and well funded criminal politician.

    Then again, Mary has so much money from th sketchy interests that back her (including 11 pawn shops) that she thinks she can just make up whatever she wants and believe people should take her at her word because she has enough money to send them 5-6 mailers a week

  • Marga

    For anyone interested, I have posted surveillance video from Mary Hayashi’s fateful trip to Neiman Marcus on YouTube. http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLM2TNrVuM6zN_Bdl0qmTMkOee6l3Cjoqk

    (the photo preview is of something else entirely)

  • bbox231

    Hayashi and Wieckowski are birds of a feather – just a very different plumage. While Hayashi is busy stealing from retailers, Bob has repeatedly demonstrated his willingness to bury taxpayers under a mountain of municipal union pension debt. . . . even going so far as to try to kill municipal bankruptcy options!

    His verbal obfuscation is a veneer which only exists to camouflage his primary objective – protecting the public safety unions and burying taxpayers. While Hayashi is certainly a common criminal, Bob’s record makes him at least as untrustworthy AND no friend of California taxpayers.