Ignacio De La Fuente, Jane Brunner, and Cops’ Union Attack Rebecca Kaplan and Barbara Parker

Oakland Councilmembers Ignacio De La Fuente and Jane Brunner and the Oakland police union have unleashed a series of vicious attack ads this week in their attempt to unseat Councilwoman Rebecca Kaplan and City Attorney Barbara Parker. The flurry of glossy hit-piece mailers also contained numerous false and misleading statements that grossly distort Kaplan and Parker’s positions and their records in office. Kaplan told the Express that her campaign is preparing a mailer to fight back against the false attacks, but Parker’s campaign said it likely would not, and plans instead to continue to point to Parker’s accomplishments in office. Such positives ads can be effective, but not responding to attacks could prove to be a mistake.

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