Councilwoman Jan Perry and her campaign handlers know that rival candidate for mayor Wendy Greuel is a Democrat — and has been since 1992. But her newest mailer sent to Democrats tars Greuel as a Republican and proclaims she is “not on our side!" Perry is also a Democrat, and local party leaders are not amused. It's not the first time that her campaign ethics (and those of campaign strategist Eric Hacopian) have come into question. After she took heat for sending conflicting mailers claiming Antonio Villaraigosa has been both a good mayor and a bad mayor, she shrugged it off and told Warren Olney on KCRW that it was just typical campaigning in a tight race.
Trying to trick voters with the fake Republican tag is a loser's move, said John Burton, chairman of the California Democratic Party. "To suggest that Wendy Greuel is anything other than a proud Democrat is absurd,” he told the LA Times. "It’s not only far-fetched, it’s kind of stupid.”
County Democratic chair Eric Bauman was only slightly more forgiving. "At a time when our city is seeking new vision and new leadership, Democrats tearing each other apart only helps the Republican in the race, and does nothing to advance our shared Democratic values,” he said.
Perry's campaign for mayor will likely end on March 5. I wonder if she'll regret any decisions she made in her first city-wide race.