When one candidate is accused of accepting campaign contributions from sweat shop operators while the other’s campaign is labeled a “slime machine” Did we mention the Osama Bin Laden connection?
A press release issued Wednesday by Council District 13 candidate John Choi, who is running against Mitch O’Farrell to replace term-out Eric Garcetti, reflects some of the negative campaigning going on in the final stretch of the May 21 election.
The press release, which twice tosses out the word “slime” in reference to the O’Farrell campaign, refutes allegations in an O’Farrell mailer that some of Choi’s donations came from firms, including retailer Forever 21, that were being investigated for “sweat shop” conditions. The Choi press releases notes that authorities have asked Forever 21 to provide records of its relationship with with a contractor that “has dealings with another contractor that is suspected of workplace violations.”
Choi campaign consultant Mike Simpock, who is quoted in the press release, then takes it to a different (perhaps lower) level:
“Using Mitch O’Farrell’s twisted logic and standards, his own campaign is linked to Osama Bin Laden. O’Farrell took money from ex-convict Juri Ripinsky, who was sent to prison for dealings with the Independence Bank of Encino, part of the Bank of Credit and Commerce International, which laundered and handled the money for Osama Bin Laden and Al Qaeda,” said Shimpock. “That may sound ridiculous – and it is, except for the part about Mitch taking money from a felon – but it is no more ridiculous than charging John’s contributors as having ‘sweatshop’ conditions.”
Yes, it all sounds ridiculous. How many weeks again until the election?