A second round of mailers attacking Mayoral candidate Gary Soiseth have been sent out by Modesto-based North Valley Labor Federation in support of his opponent Mike Brem right before poll voters cast ballots this Tuesday.
The mailer, which was highly controversial when sent out initially, garnered much attention locally.
The mailer in Brem’s support has a professional photo of him next to a personal photo of Soiseth and broadly compares the qualifications of the two candidates with clear favoritism toward Brem.
Just as with the first batch, Soiseth took to social media to respond to the attack addressing the concerns raised in the mailer.
“For a second time this very misleading mailer from the supporters of my opponent hit mailboxes yesterday,” said Soiseth on his Facebook page.
TurlockCityNews.com reached out to Brem’s campaign to address the second batch of mailers, but he had little to say.
"As with the first mailer, I have nothing to do with third party mailings,” said Brem. “Since day one, we have kept our commitment to run a clean and fair campaign.”
Brem did not comment on whether or not he had knowledge of the second batch of mailers, but his opponent said he was disappointed that Brem did not contact his supporters.
"I'm disappointed that this negative and inaccurate mailer was sent out for the second time on behalf of my opponent,” said Soiseth. “Mike could've asked his supporters not to send this out, but he didn't.”
Brem has previously taken to Facebook to respond to the first mailer, stating that he doesn’t engage in "negativity," a word he seemed to use describing the mailer sent in his support. However, he did not comment when asked to clarify this stance or why the mailers were sent, despite seeming contradictory to his statement.
Additionally, Brem did not comment on whether he believes the mailer is delivering false information.
North Valley Labor Federation filed a 496 Independent Expenditure Report for a total contribution of $4,138 on Oct. 15 for mailers in support of Brem.
When asked whether he was in communication with NVLF since the initial mailers had been sent out, Brem did not comment. He also did not comment on whether he was proud of his support by the NVLF and what it means to his campaign.
Soiseth, however, has continued to state to the public that he has intentions to run a “positive, issues-based campaign.”
“Again, whether you received one in your mailbox or not, I wanted to take the time to clarify a few quick facts. With Election Day less than 5 days away, I am proud of the positive, issues-based campaign that we have stayed loyal to,” Soiseth said on his Facebook page.
Soiseth further clarified to TurlockCityNews.com regarding the second batch of mailers.
“I'm proud of the positive, issues-based campaign that I have run and I will not change this strategy. I'm hoping to prove that negative campaigning does not work in Turlock and that a 100% positive campaign can lead to a win on Tuesday.”