“Mailer”, the text message came in from Lisa.
“Gwaltney?” I replied to my wife, tapping on my phone.
“Yup, you = Brianna’s death” was her response that came across the screen.
I got up from my office chair and called my wife who then read the following, one of many bizarre and baseless attacks issued in a negative campaign mailer that was delivered yesterday from my challenger, John Gwaltney:
“David Bobzien… Failed to deliver funding for DNA testing while students on our campus were being victimized.”
First, the truth. Recognizing the backlog in DNA samples after the 2007 Legislature strengthened genetic marker requirements for criminals (a bill I supported) in early 2008, the Washoe County Sheriff’s Department issued a call for public support for funds to clear their backlog. I, along with other Northern Nevada legislators from both parties, and countless members of the community, contributed to the effort. On February 8th, 2008, I wrote and delivered a check for $500 to the fund. As a result of our collective efforts, the Sheriff’s Department met and exceeded their goal of raising $200,000 to clear the backlog.
While I could write a novel-length blog post responding to the numerous baseless attacks my opponent leveled at me in his mail piece, this refutation to one of the more dishonest attacks will suffice.
What is more problematic is John Gwaltney’s shameless exploitation of a young woman’s death for political gain. As is reflected in the current national political campaign, I believe Americans are finally saying, “enough is enough” to fear-based politics that draws on the worst tendencies of people to evoke action. I’ve received countless phone calls this evening from supporters outraged over Gwaltney’s tactics. I would call on him to cease these horrible tactics that bend the truth and inject fear and deceit into our political campaign.
What made this evening particularly painful was John Gwaltney’s despicable allusion to a horrible crime that impacted Nevadans on a variety of levels: from across the community to the fear my family experienced around the crime.
You see, my wife and I both work day jobs. Most days, she parks her vehicle in the same neighborhood as the house from which Brianna was taken. During the first weeks after Brianna’s disappearance, Lisa teamed up with other female co-workers, escorting one another to their vehicles after the end of the work day, to make sure each was safe. If I was out at a meeting, Lisa would call me or text me to let me know she had made it home ok. The killer is still out there, we are still on our guard, and we long to see him brought to justice.
John- did you have to do this? Do you really want this job that bad that you would stoop this low?
If you deplore these kinds of campaign tactics, call John Gwaltney and let him know: 775-323-3999 or 775-329-1992.