Yet another controversy over a mayoral campaign mailer by candidate Jan Perry. County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky released a statement this morning criticizing Perry's use of his name in a mailer. He made clear what she did not: that he has not endorsed Perry and is neutral in the mayoral primary. Here's the Yaroslavsky statement:
I am very disappointed that the Jan Perry for Mayor campaign has used one of its mailings to falsely convey the impression that I have taken sides in this year's election for mayor. In fact, I have remained neutral in this election in thought, word and deed.
In recent weeks, I have been open about my frustration at the lack of discussion in the campaign about the precarious state of the city's finances. Those criticisms have not been exclusively aimed at one candidate. On the contrary, they have been aimed equally at ALL the major candidates who, in my judgment, have not realistically addressed what they would do about the city's financial challenges.
While my quoted comments are in the public domain, it is not appropriate for the Perry campaign to use them to imply that I endorse or oppose any of the candidates for mayor, because I do not.
Perry previously came under fire for mailers that label Wendy Greuel a Republican and that take contradictory positions on whether Antonio Villaraiogsa is a good mayor.