I was forwarded a letter from Linda Carsten in response to this piece I posted Friday. In addition, there were two quotes attached referenced in the letter. They are each included below.
Yesterday you received a mailing from my opponent, BJ Pak, attacking me for accepting a personal campaign contribution from my friend, Victoria Chacon, owner of an Atlanta-based publication called La Vision.
Victoria and I are long time friends who openly disagree on politics — but we are personal friends and always will be. I am a strong supporter for tough measures to stop illegal immigration.
Because we disagree on issues, Mr. Pak wants me to return her campaign contribution.
Mr. Pak didn’t tell you that many of his contributors are attorneys who defend illegal immigrants in court. But he won’t return those contributions, totaling $6450
Also, one of Mr. Pak’s contributors is former Supreme Court Justice Leah Sears-Collins the most liberal judge ever to sit on Georgia’s Supreme Court. Sears-Collins donated $500 to Pak according to his June 30th campaign disclosures.
Judge Sears was a leading voice on the Court for the abolition of the death penalty for even the most violent of criminals. But he won’t return that campaign contribution.
Mr. Pak also sent you a provably false story about me that 20 years ago I was a member of a Women’s Republican club that supposedly was disbanded because it couldn’t account for $4,500 of funds. That simply did not happen, and statements are included in this envelope that directly repudiates these false claims.
That statement — for which Mr. Pak knew the truth (as he is a lawyer) — is utterly false.
There is a gutter side to politics where candidates say almost anything to get people to vote for them. Candidates — like Mr. Pak — stop relying on real evidence and proof and simply start using misleading lies and distortions.
I ask you for your vote because our country needs to elect more citizen-legislators to government — not more people with direct business interests voting on legislation which affects their own finances. We need legislators who will do what is right for the state and country — not just right for their line of work and their own financial benefit.
And we need legislators who will tell the truth — the whole truth, not parts of it — and do it all of the time — not just some of the time.
“ Linda Carsten is a very dear friend of mine for many years. I know her to be a staunch supporter for enforcing our illegal immigration laws. We discuss and debate this issue on a regular basis and she never wavers and neither do I. Who I make political contributions to is my right as an American citizen. No one, including B J Pak, Linda’s opponent, has a right to attack me personally for whom I give contributions to. Or to attack my publication and distort my quotes or quote me for general news articles that appear in many other publications. I support Linda because I know her to be an honest, straight talking, ethical woman who would never compromise her principles. And that is what the voters of House District 102 deserve.”
Victoria Chacon, President & CEO La Vision
“ B J Pak has sent out a vicious campaign mailer accusing Linda Carsten of misspending monies from our Republican Women of Gwinnett organization in 1995. Pak needs to get his campaign to retract this lie and distortion of the facts. Let me set the record straight. I was Vice President of the organization and know that our organizations funds were given to political candidates and various Gwinnett based charitable organizations, including the Battered Women’s Shelter and the Children’s Shelter. Linda Carsten was never accused or implicated of any involvement in the misspending of funds from the organization. In addition, the B J Pak campaign has alleged that the organizations charter was revoked; this is patently false. As a founding member of Republican Women of Gwinnett I would challenge anyone to research this issue for the facts, obviously, the Pak campaign did not. Linda Carsten is a person we can trust to represent us with integrity and help the citizens of House District 102.”
Tamera Knight Former 1st Vice President, RWOG