In a letter to the editor in the March 31 edition of the San Clemente Times, Mr. Jim Smith, a local insurance broker and member of Charles Mann’s Political Groups, posted the expected attack on the petition and the people who have indicated that they support it. The apparent coordinated negative campaign started before the petition form’s ink dried. So far the group putting out personal attacks include: Sean Watson, Don Slater, Enrique Romero and Jim Smith. There are others who don’t agree with the concept, but they tend to stick to their opinions of the petition and not try and spin personal agendas and personality attacks like these “friends” of Tim Brown. Open debate on the issues and concepts are welcome; that is what public elections are all about. It is this small but vocal group (that leans on personal attacks and innuendoes that provide little true value to the debate) that should be ashamed of their behavior.
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