After I received the second anti-Adrian Garcia flyer from the group that's masquerading as "Citizens for a Better America", I searched the Chronicle's archives to get some context on one of the quotes they're using to smear Garcia. I've now searched the Austin American Statesman and the San Antonio Express News for the others. Here are the results.
Quote from flyer: People need to "change their habits and develop more safety-minded type attitude." (Austin American Statesman, 12/24/91)
From the archive:
Stun gun sales rise with crime in Houston
Author: AP AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN Date: December 24, 1991 Publication: Austin American-Statesman Page Number: B3 Word Count: 336
HOUSTON (AP) - With fear about the city's robbery and homicide rates on the rise, Houston retailers say stun guns and other "personal safety devices" have become popular Christmas presents.
"They don't feel safe, and they want their loved ones to be safe, and this gives them security," said Ron Hardman, manager of The Spy Factory. "They say they hate to have to buy this kind of gift for Christmas, but they think it's a good one."
Quote from flyer: Believes "Houston gangs rarely attempt to terrorize their own neighborhoods." (San Antonio Express News, 12/13/00)
From the archive:
December 13, 2000 San Antonio Express-News
Family gun safety needed to avoid problems, misuse
With so many guns on the street today, some people feel owning a firearm is the best way to stay safe at home. But for curious children and untrained individuals, a gun can be a ticking time bomb. Adrian Garcia, 39, is a police officer, husband and father of a 5-year-old girl. In his 20 years with the police department, Garcia has seen the problem of firearm misuse firsthand. "Nowadays, more and more people are arming themselves with handguns in order to solve their problems,
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We'll see if this winds up having an effect on the District H race. A few other tidbits from the Woodland Heights chat board: At least one person has contacted District Attorney Chuck Rosenthal to see if any campaign laws have been broken; Hector Longoria has not replied to email from a WH person asking him if he had any knowledge of or involvement in this mailer; the faux CFABA group has apparently also targeted Herlinda Garcia (HCC Trustee District 3). Stay tuned.Posted by Charles Kuffner on November 03, 2003 to Election 2003 | TrackBack