I’m repulsed by the campaign literature I recently saw from Diane Papan’s campaign for the California Assembly smearing candidate Giselle Hale, and featuring the angry face of Donald Trump along with inaccurate assertions about Ms. Hale’s past.

As an elected member of the San Mateo County Democratic Central Committee and a lifelong Democrat, I cannot condone smear campaigns that employ both lies about another candidate and repugnant sensationalism.

I’m stunned that Ms. Papan would accept the advice to pursue this kind of campaigning. I assume this was not her own idea, but rather “professional” advice on how one runs a campaign these days.

As a party and as a people we should not accept the free-for-all style of campaigning where, rather than debate real facts and positions, we stoop to tabloid-style personal attacks.

Nicole Kemeny

Menlo Park

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Terence Y

Ms. Kemeny, it appears we can add the Corpus camp to resorting to the same kind of campaigning as Papan. I also wonder why Corpus accepts this advice. Perhaps because both candidates are counting on less informed or overzealous supporters to actively push these smears?



If the candidates are counting on the less informed overzealous supporters to push the smears it would just mean that they learned from the best at spreading garbage, Donald J Trump. You know he loves the poorly educated because they are so gullible and believe his lies.

Terence Y

Taffy, my friend. You’re like Wile E. Coyote chasing the Road Runner. You make a tremendous leap in an attempt to make a connection but all you do is fall over a cliff. Bigly.

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