Lois Capps accused of running misleading attack ad
Rep. Lois Capps, D-Santa Barbara, was accused this week of running a misleading attack ad that edits statements made by her opponent Chris Mitchum, Tab Berg with the Mitchum for Congress campaign reports in Noozhawk of Santa Barbara.
Capps, a local congresswoman representing Paso Robles and much of the central coast, is facing Republican challenger Mitchum in the general election on Nov. 4.
The commercial edits a 2012 statement from Mitchum, who, in a videotaped response to a question, says he will not go to Washington to fight for pork, the report says. “I do not intend to go to Washington, to represent the 24th District, to bring back baseball fields,” he says in the unedited clip.
The Capps campaign ad, which was running on several local TV stations, edited the quote to make it sound as if Mitchum is saying he wouldn’t represent the 24th Congressional District. “I do not intend to go to Washington, to represent the 24th District,” the misleading ad quotes Mitchum, without the rest of the sentence.
“Here at the Mitchum campaign, we know it’s up to us to keep the campaign clean, spot on the issues that affect every voter, and run our race on the merits,” Mitchum’s campaign staff says on his website. “The incumbent obviously does not think that way.”
Capps pulled the commercial Thursday after receiving a cease and desist letter from the California Republican Party, Cal Coast News reports. On Wednesday, Capps campaign spokesperson Chris Meagher told KEYT he does not see anything wrong with the ad.
Polling in Congressional District 24 shows that Mitchum has surged into a slight lead over 16-year incumbent Capps, according to a survey conducted Oct. 15-16 by Probolsky Research, the Mitchum campaign reports. Mitchum’s lead in the survey – 41.5% to 40.5% – is within the margin of error, but shows the race is close.