In an email to supporters, A.D. #72 Democratic candidate John MacMurray rightfully took on inaccurate coverage of his campaign by both the Orange County Register and Los Angeles Times. The Special Election between Democrat MacMurray and Republican Norby to fill the A.D. #72 seat is slated for tomorrow, January 12th.
Of course, under-coverage by the Register and Times of Democratic candidates and campaigns in Orange County is nothing new. Frankly, the practice is almost so prevalent as to make it a time-honored tradition in this county controlled by Republican political leaders.
But inaccurate coverage based on failure to adequately check the facts… well, thankfully, it’s still rare in the Orange County press, although not unheard of.
Wrote John a few days ago:
“According to recent articles in the OC Register by Martin Wisckol and the LA Times by Jean Merl, our campaign has not used mailers, phone banking, or precinct walking.
“So, all of you good people who have been so generous with your time and your talents. . it appears that you didnâ€™t really do those things.
Also, maybe, that you didnâ€™t get the mailer you got, the one with CDP Chairman John Burtonâ€™s kind words saying, ‘John MacMurray is a local teacher who will work to ensure that every child receives the quality education needed to succeed in todayâ€™s workforce. He will also make Californiaâ€™s economic recovery a priority and advocate on behalf of our essential community services.’ Yeah. That mailer.
“But, to all of you who know better..that would be all of you who showed up even from south OC and LA county so many times at Chris Fredricksonâ€™s house to pick up your precinct maps and door hangers; to use the phone room two nights a week at United Food and Commercial Workers Local 324; and who phoned and are still phoning from your homes, THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! “
I can attest to the extraordinary effort invested over many months by MacMurray volunteers into phone banking, precinct walking, neighbor-to-neighbor contact, and similar: I’ve seen it, and I’ve personally done it.
Orange County is tough enough political territory for Democrats to get timely press coverage. One would hope that, in the interest of basic fairness, the Register and Times would at least get their facts right!