Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Tucson Democrat Candidates Claim Endorsements They Didn't Receive. AZLD09

Two Democrat Candidates for State Legislature Misleading Voters with Bogus Endorsements

PHOENIX – At the very time when many voters are receiving their ballots in the mail along with a plethora of campaign material, it's important to remind voters that some Democrat candidates are wrongfully advertising endorsements they did not receive.

In a mailed advertisement (pdf attached) sent to voters in Arizona's Legislative District 9, which includes much of Tucson, Democrat candidate Mohur Sarah Sidhwa falsely claims to have been endorsed by the Tucson Metro Chamber of Commerce.

The Tucson Metro Chamber's endorsements are here. Sidhwa is not listed, and the Chamber actually endorsed the Republican in the race, Ethan Orr.

The mailed advertisement also says the Democrat candidates were endorsement by the Arizona Association of Realtors, which in fact did not endorse either Sidhwa or Victoria Steele, a second Democrat running for the Arizona House of Representatives.

The Arizona Association of Realtors endorsements are attached. Sidhwa and Steele are not listed as no endorsements were made in that race.
"This is another example of Democrats playing fast and loose with the truth by falsely claiming support from pro-business groups,” said Arizona Republican Party spokesman Tim Sifert. "Right now voters are looking to Republicans to bring a pro-business atmosphere of prosperity to our state and our country, and these two Democrats are wrongly trying to mislead voters by claiming business endorsements that simply didn't happen.”

The advertisement discloses that it was paid for by all three Democrat candidates in Legislative District 9.

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