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Newsom Busted II: He tries to incite riot to blame Gonzalez

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    GAVIN NEWSOM S CAMPAIGN SEND FORGED GREEN PARTY E-MAIL CALLING FOR A PROTEST AGAINST HIS OWN PUBLIC MEETING WITH AL GORE TO PROVOKE A RIOT AND ACCUSE MATT
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      GAVIN NEWSOM’S CAMPAIGN SEND FORGED GREEN PARTY E-MAIL CALLING FOR A PROTEST AGAINST HIS OWN PUBLIC MEETING WITH AL GORE TO PROVOKE A RIOT AND ACCUSE MATT GONZALEZ OF “EXTREMISM.”

       

      The Story seems right out of the “Reichstag’s Fire’s conspiracy” The Newsom campaign is the culprit behind a forged Green Party E-mail calling for a protest against Newsom’s own event with former Vice-President Al Gore (see text of e-mail below).

       

      The idea of the e-mail was to incite few protesters to show up to protest Newsom’s event with Al Gore next Tuesday, December 2.  Those protesters, Newsom hoped, will create sufficient mayhem to provoke the police intervention and a riot that could then be used to attack Gonzalez’ campaign as “extremist.”

       

      The Matt Gonzalez’s campaign got the e-mail and internet experts were able to trace the origin of the call for the protest right back to one of Newsom’s campaign computers.

       

      At a press conference today, the Gonzalez’ campaign issued the following press advisory (excerpts):


      ”Newsom Camp Bus
      ted Trying to Manufacture Green Party Protest against Al Gore

      ”Anonymous email calls on Green Party members to protest Gore; Email traced back to “GavinNewsomFor” Internet address […]

       

      With just nine days before voters cast their vote for mayor, Gavin Newsom has found himself once again in the middle of a huge political storm. And once again, it’s a result of unethical campaigning manufactured by his very own campaign. A November 26 email calling on Green Party members to protest Al Gore’s visit on December 2 – a Newsom campaign eve nt – has been traced back to the Newsom campaign. Democratic and Green Party leaders sharply criticized Newsom for the latest dirty tricks scandal […]”

      ”[…]Newsom campaign sent out an email – disguised as an activist advisory from the Green Party – to encourage Green Party members to protest a Tuesday Newsom eve nt with former Vice President Al Gore. The Newsom campaign used a free Web-mail provider for anonymity, not realizing that the Web-mail provider recorded the Internet address. The address recorded – 216.100.140.9 – belongs to “GavinNewsomFor” according to the American Registry of Internet Numbers ( http://www.arin.net ).

      ”The email declared, “Stop Newsom. Stop Gore. Stop the Democrats!!” The email also encouraged people to “WEAR GREEN or a costume” and to show up at Zeitgeist Bar on Tuesday, December 2 at 12:00 PM in order to march at 1:00 to the Regency Theater for an Al Gore campaign eve nt for Gavin Newsom.”

      “I didn’t think it could get any more bizarre and unseemly than Endorsementgate with Angela Alioto. But the Newsom campaign managed to top eve n that scandal by trying to orchestrate a protest against their own political eve nt,” said Supervisor Aaron Peskin.

      “This is an easy one to connect the dots on,” continued Peskin. “And the dots connect all the way back to Newson’s Internet address. In this case, the smoking gun is a computer somewhere in the Newsom campaign headquarters.”

      ”The Sunday r eve lation leaves more than egg on the face of the Newsom campaign, which seems to be spinning out of control. This newest scandal will darken the already black cloud hanging above the Gavin Newsom.

      ”Susan King, co-chair of the California Green Party’s Campaigns and Candidates Working Group, confirmed that no email was issued to protest the Gore eve nt.

      “The Green Party has n eve r had any plans to protest Newsom’s campaign eve nt with Al Gore,” said King.”

       

      The text of the e-mail uses a language that is completely alien to Green Party’s rhetoric.  For example asserts that “The Green Party is the new power in San Francisco ” which is a self-proclamatory statement which would n eve r pass muster or count with the approval of Green Party officials.

       

      The message also mentions the intention to “stop Gore” which is as removed from the Green Party’s objectives as it can get as the GP is not running any candidate for office competing with Gore and the former Vice-President is semi-retired and indica ted repea ted ly that he is not running for any political office.

       

      The Green Party has demonstra ted throughout his history that they respect the activities of its opponents’ campaign and n eve r interfered with their public meetings or the Free Speech’s right of others.  The only protests led by Green Party members during electoral times were those against their own exclusion from public debates, n eve r against candidates from other parties as such.

       

      It is obvious that such a protest would play directly into the hands of Newsom to portray the Green Party, and by extension Matt Gonzalez himself, as extremists and intolerant, something Newsom is trying to do for weeks.

       

      The Green Party would n eve r go for such childish and useless tactics.

       

      This is the text of the forged Green party’s e-mail (notice the highlighted originating IP Number):

       

       

      A check of internet files and registries promptly showed that the IP Number from where the fake Green Party e-mail originated belongs to one of the computers at Newsom’s campaign:

       

       

      There are many questions Gavin Newsom needs to answer related to this new scandal but if anything, this shows the irresponsible, divisive and provocative behavior of the Newsom campaign that is a clear indication how he is planning to govern if elected.

       

      Newsom’s campaign also shows that it is ready to defy the law, ignore ethical campaign behavior, provoke violence and lie in order to get elected.

       

      Gavin Newsom in person must publicly apologize to the people of San Francisco for these dirty tactics and publicly identify the person or persons in his campaign who are responsible for the e-mail.  These people must be publicly fired from his campaign.

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