Friday, June 3, 2016
Congressional Candidate Hits Opponent Over ‘Prosecutor’ Language in Slate Mailer
By a MetNews Staff Writer
An attorney running for Congress yesterday charged that her opponent has mispresented himself as a lawyer, based on language in a slate mailer.
Nanette Barragan, who is seeking the 44th Congressional District seat being vacated by Board of Supervisors candidate Janice Hahn, said she has filed an unauthorized-practice-of-law complaint with the State Bar against state Sen. Isadore Hall III.
Barragan and Hall, both Democrats, are expected to top the 10-candidate field in next Tuesday’s “top two” primary election and go forward to the November general election.
Barragan provided the MetNews with a copy of a State Bar complaint form, to which is attacked a slate mailer sent out by the “Council of Concerned Woman Voters.” The mail lists nine candidates and contains the following description of Hall, who is not a State Bar member:
“Child Molestation Prosecutor. Rated Well Qualified. Supported by Labor, Teachers. Democrat.”
An asterisk appears next to Hall’s name. The face of the mailer explains that candidates indicated with an asterisk—Hall, Hahn, and five Los Angeles Superior Court candidates—have “paid for and authorized” their appearance in the mailer.
A spokesperson for Hall’s campaign, however, told the MetNews that the senator “did not consent to or authorize such language to be used for the slate mailer in question.”
Barragan is a USC Law School graduate and a former member of the Hermosa Beach City Council. Hall served on the Compton City Council from 2003 to 2008 and in the state Assembly from 2008 to 2014 before his election to the Senate.
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