Scott Peters' Campaign Responds to the Attack Ads
From Both Sides of the Aisle
San Diego Reader
June 4, 2012
Now in the final hours before the Primary election, candidates in tight races are
doing all they can to be left standing on Wednesday. Attack ads are more personal
and party lines have blurred.
This is evident in the race for the 52nd Congressional District where Republican
Brian Bilbray is facing stiff opposition from Democrats Lori Saldana and Scott Peters.
Newly redrawn boundaries have weakened the hold that Republicans once had on
the district and the race has become more about which two candidates can move on
the general election. That means all gloves are off and candidates are attacking one
another and supporting those they feel they can beat in November.
Late last month, liberal Super PAC, Progressive Kick began running ads on cable
networks criticizing Democrat Scott Peters for flip-flopping on his support of
entitlement programs. The ads urged voters to vote for Lori Saldana, the more
progressive candidate, according to Progressive Kick.
The Super PAC wasn't the only group voicing their support for Saldana. According
to Scott Peters' campaign, Republican opponent Brian Bilbray also campaigned for
Saldana by sending pro-Saldana, anti-Peters mailers to households.
Scott Peters Leading Lori Saldana By 700 Votes
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Todd Gloria and Scott Peters campaign on Election Day.
Scott Peters Lent His Campaign $1.25 Million in May
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May 30, 2012 – Democrat Scott Peters, an attorney and port commissioner, lent his
... a club for the one percent -- let's tell Scott Peters San Diego isn't for sale!
Over the weekend, Pintar responded to the attack-ads both from Republicans and
"...Bilbray left no room for doubt about which Democrat he most fears facing in a
general election match up. He sent an anti-Scott Peters/Pro-Lori Saldaña mailer to
Democratic households using the same rhetoric the Saldaña campaign has been
using for weeks.”
Pintar also responded to statements questioning Peters' progressive credentials.
"[Peters] is the son of a civil rights leader and a lifelong Democrat who wants to
defeat Bilbray and get the Congress working again for the middle class. At the City
and at the Port, Scott already has a record of standing up to protect benefits that
workers earned over a lifetime of work. He has a 100 percent pro-choice rating from
Planned Parenthood, and has publicly supported marriage equality since 2000. The
idea that he is not “progressive” is ridiculous. Yet, the attacks from our Democratic
opponent and her out-of-town allies have been as vicious and false as the attacks
from our Republican opponent. In fact, the rhetoric is so identical, it could be
perceived that the two campaigns are actually working together.
"And for Democrats who want to win this seat, which we need to take back control of
Congress, these anti-[Peters] attacks are attempted political suicide. [Peters] is by
far the stronger general election candidate.
Pintar also responded to allegations that Peters would support cuts to entitlement
programs to help balance the national debt.
"It is not at all accurate. [Peters] is on record repeatedly stating that he opposes cuts
to these benefits because our seniors have earned them after a life time of hard
work. [He] recognizes that we do need to reduce costs in the Medicare program, but
that does not mean cutting benefits. If we ensure the solvency of Medicare in that
way, we also ensure that it is available for seniors who have earned it. That does not
mean cutting benefits. [Peters] has made this clear many times in [Saldana's]
presence; she knows this and is being intellectually dishonest with the voters. It
speaks volumes about her integrity. The voters should not reward her distortions
with their support.
San Diego Unified Port
Scott H. Peters
Scott H. Peters was sworn in to
represent the City of San Diego
in January, 2009. He served for
eight years on the San Diego
City Council, including as
Council President from 2006
through 2008. Active in civic
service, he was also a member
of the California Coastal
Commission, co-chair of San
Diego's Clean Water Task
Force and a member of the San
Dieguito River Park Joint
Powers Authority. He holds an
undergraduate degree from
Duke University and attended
New York University School of
Law. He has a long career in
environmental law with
international law firms,
government, and his own firm,
representing businesses, local
governments and public
Scott Harvey Peters - #139827
Active June 9, 2012
1802 El Camino Del Teatro
La Jolla, CA 92037
Fax Number: (858) 551-0543
County: San Diego
Undergraduate School: Duke
Univ; Durham NC
Sections: Environmental Law
Law School: New York Univ
SOL; New York NY