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VCStar: Dirty tricks of the closing days

Posted on Monday, November 5, 2012

Written by Timm Herdt
Excerpted from the Ventura County Star:

Democratic Sen. Fran Pavley’s campaign has reprised an unsubstantiated claim about Republican challenger Todd Zink. I wrote herea couple weeks ago .about a Democratic Party mailer that overstated Zink’s position on abortion. Its assertion that he opposes abortion even to protect the life or health of the mother was based on a story I wrote in May that didn’t say that. The story was silent on that issue, but did report Zink’s belief that abortion should be banned except in cases in which a woman becomes pregnant because rape or incest.

Now the Pavley campaign has repeated that baseless claim in a mailer of its own. In response, the Zink campaign noted that I had concluded the first mailer was misleading, and released a statement that reads in part:

“The second false mailer exemplifies Pavley’s lack of ethics and unabashed attempts to mislead voters. Although the Zink campaign is troubled by the allegations, it is not surprised that Senator Pavley has resorted to such political games.”

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Pavley Continues to Mislead Voters, Has notice of false claims

Posted on Sunday, November 4, 2012

Thousand Oaks –Fran Pavley (Santa Monica) has authorized campaign funds to pay for a misleading political mailer regarding Todd Zink’s views on women’s social issues. This is yet another attempt by Pavley’s campaign to highlight untruths about Zink’s personal beliefs, and direct attention away from the economic and education issues that she helped create in […]


Fran Pavley’s Public Safety Record a Cause for Concern

Posted on Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Todd Zink, candidate for California’s 27th State Senate District and Deputy District Attorney for Los Angeles County, announced today that Fran Pavley’s support for Governor Brown’s realignment scheme is starting to have real consequences in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. The plan, passed in October 2011, allows for the shift of 30,000 inmates from state […]


Zink Criticizes Fran Pavley for Covering Up Her Real Record on Education

Posted on Friday, October 26, 2012

Todd Zink, candidate for California’s 27th State Senate District, announced today that a new television advertisement highlighting his support for education has begun airing in Ventura and Los Angeles Counties. Throughout the campaign Zink has expressed his commitment to reforming California’s broken education system. As a father of two and the son of a school […]


Todd Zink – Statement on Misleading Attack Ads

Posted on Monday, October 15, 2012

The statement below was issued by State Senate candidate Todd Zink. Fran Pavley and her supporters are describing me in terms that are not supported by facts. I’ve never stated what these independent expenditures claim as my position. Pavley claims she is frustrated because I do not have a record in political office like she […]


KPPC: Redistricting gives incumbent state senator tough reelection campaign in San Fernando Valley

Posted on Monday, October 15, 2012

In the western part of the San Fernando Valley, state Sen. Fran Pavley faces a tough reelection campaign as a result of the recent redistricting process that left her with a more conservative district. Pavley, a Democrat, was elected to the 23rd District in 2008. She is running for reelection in the 27th District, which […]


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