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.
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…
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.