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.”