The San Diego Police Union’s Misleading Attack Ads Against Montgomery Steppe in Special County Board Election

by on August 2, 2023 · 5 comments

in Election, San Diego

Deputy DA Group Also Jumps in With Identical Ads Vs. Steppe

Reporter Jill Castellano at inewsource has written that the San Diego Police Officers Association and a group sponsored by County Deputy DAs have published misleading attack ads against Monica Montgomery Steppe, a candidate in the upcoming San Diego County Board of Supervisors special election on Aug. 15.

She reports that “Law enforcement unions have funneled more than $160,000” into the race. Their ads claim Montgomery Steppe, a Black woman, is a threat to public safety.

Castellano reported:

The mailers make multiple incorrect statements about Montgomery Steppe, including a claim that she was forced to remove a “lie” about the homicide rate from her campaign materials.

“The characterization in that mailer is false,” county spokesperson Mike Workman said.

The POA spent more than $76,000 in digital and TV ads, as well as other campaign costs. And a group called “San Diegans Against Crime” which is reportedly an effort by the Association that represents San Diego County Deputy District Attorneys, has also printed and circulated mailers “with nearly identical language and images to those created by the police union,” as Castellano reports.

[inewsource demanded we delete the original post here, despite the fact that our readers had the opportunity to go onto their website and read the entire post. But not now.]

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Frank Gormlie August 2, 2023 at 11:28 am

WTF? Montgomery Steppe is campaigning for a County position, yet the city of San Diego Police union want to influence the election underhandedly. Is this ethical for an association of people supposed to enforce the laws? Lying to the public?


Frank Gormlie August 2, 2023 at 11:48 am

Plus a group sponsored by County Deputy DAs has similar attack ads out against her.


Frank Gormlie August 2, 2023 at 12:40 pm

Lying about the African-American candidate as a “threat to public safety” goes beyond the pale. This lie is being purported by cops and DA’s. Where is the trust? (As an aside, does anyone know where the phrase “beyond the pale” comes from. I do – just seeing if anyone else does.)


chris schultz August 10, 2023 at 9:52 am

She is beholden to the building unions though. Got to look at the larger picture.


Frank Gormlie August 10, 2023 at 10:01 am

Sure, like all politicians, she has supporters who send money to her campaign. And labor unions support her. Does not mean she is “beholden” to them anymore than any elected is beholden to any of their donors. That’s misleading, CS, and the larger picture is that groups supported by law enforcement are spending their money in misleading ads.


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