Placer Republicans call for investigation into Ose mailer
Members of the Placer County Republican Central Committee are steamed about a mailer that depicts their favorite congressional candidate, Tom McClintock, as a bird “feathering his nest” and have complained to the Federal Elections Commission.They allege Republican rival Doug Ose failed to report the expense or contribution of the avian artwork on campaign financial statements. Placer committee leaders have come out in support of McClintock, a state senator from Southern California. Both men, along with part-time Cedar Ridge resident Ted Terbolizard, are vying for the Republican nomination for the 4th Congressional District in the June 3 primary.The mailer includes a cartoon that depicts McClintock as a bird with the caption, “Feathering His Nest.”Ose’s campaign could not be reached for comment.The cartoon “is both silly and demeaning,” Placer Republicans said in a statement. “The question is, who paid for this work and why wasn’t it reported properly?”The cartoon “is identical to the graphic artwork used against McClintock by then-opponent Dean Andal in the 2002 Republican primary campaign for state controller. McNally-Temple andamp; Associates is the consultant for both Ose and Andal, currently a GOP candidate for Congress in the 11th Congressional District” in the Delta and Bay areas, according to the Placer Republican statement. “This item had value to Andal in 2002 and has obvious value to Ose in 2008,” said Tom Hudson, chairman of the county party.”That makes this an in-kind contribution that must be reported by Ose.”McClintock’s Placer County supporters consider him more conservative than Ose, whom Hudson called “a liberal millionaire.” Neither man lives in the 4th District; California law only requires the representative reside in the state.