Kaplan: Oakland Voters Rejected ‘Divisive and Deceptive Campaigns’


Oakland Councilwoman Rebecca Kaplan said today that her victory last night, along with that of City Attorney Barbara Parker, proved that city residents were not happy with the intensely negative campaigns run by Councilmembers Ignacio De La Fuente and Jane Brunner. “The divisive and deceptive campaigns lost — and they lost by a big margin,” she said. Indeed, they did. Kaplan beat De La Fuente, who attacked her relentlessly during the campaign with hit-piece mailers, by more than 20 percentage points. And Parker whipped Brunner by a staggering 35 points after Brunner had attacked Parker almost non-stop for the last few months.