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Late LaBonge smear tactics indicate CD 4 race tightening

After a lot of hustling by challengers Tomas O'Grady and Stephen Box this past weekend, the late smear tactics of Councilman Tom LaBonge indicate that the race in CD 4 has considerably tightened.

Ron Kaye describes the smears:

He's resorted on the campaign's final weekend to robo-calls to thousands of his constituents using Gov. Jerry Brown and former Mayor Richard Riordan to falsely defame challenger Stephen Box.

There is no tax lien against Box and LaBonge is not the only Democrat involved in the campaigns by Box and Tomas O'Grady. Besides, it's a non-partisan race.

Now I find in my email a blast from Carolyn Ramsay, LaBonge's deputy chief of staff, who without identifying her role on the city payroll, is urging voters to re-elect her boss (Ramsay-LaBonge.rtf).

I can't help but wonder how many of the email addresses she sent this to were acquired in her official capacity.

She argues that her boss isn't responsible for public services being slashed and the city being broke, which may have a small amount of truth in it since he rarely understands what he's voting on.

This is quite a contrast to the final days of the LaBonge race against Beth Garfield in 2001, when LaBonge's consultant John Shallman thought that smear tactics through the race hurt Garfield, enabling LaBonge to trounce her in a runoff.

UPDATE (3.10.11): Libelous flier (click to enlarge) with spurious accusations against O'Grady--we can find nobody in the Council District running such an organization or even with such a name as "Max White."