District 3—the most expensive campaign
in San Francisco—just got even more costly, as the SF Realtors dumped $83,000 into a cable TV ad buy attacking candidate David Chiu. Broadcast on ESPN, TNT, Comedy Central and during MSNBC’s Countdown
, the ad accuses Chiu, D1 candidate Eric Mar and D11 candidate John Avalos of being Chris Daly’s “hand-picked puppets” who support “legalizing prostitution” and “banning JROTC.” But Chiu strongly opposes Proposition K (which would decriminalize prostitution), having voted against it at the Democratic Central Committee
. “These false ads are particularly outrageous because I am a former prosecutor, neighborhood leader and community court judge who fought for years to reduce crime,” said Chiu—who yesterday filed a formal complaint against the Realtors and Comcast Cable. Section 1.163.5 of the SF Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code prohibits campaign ads that intentionally or recklessly cite a false endorsement—and it’s now up to the Ethics Commission to enforce it. D11 candidate John Avalos likewise opposes Prop K.