IRS takes small sting out of 12th Assembly race
Supervisor Fiona Ma, 12th district assembly candidate, on the
steps of City Hall yesterday refuting opportunistic claims by
Janet Reilly campaign.
April 28, 2006
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) took a little sting out of
charges and counter-charges California Assembly candidates Fiona
Ma and Janet Reilly hurled at each other Thursday.
But not much.
The IRS took full blame yesterday as erroneously listing Ma as
one-time treasurer for a Nevada right-wing Republican candidate.
A computer "glitch" had mixed up Ma campaign filings
with reports filed by Governor M. Michael Rounds, the IRS said
in a statement.
Appearance of Ma's name with the strident anti-abortion Rounds
set off a mini-firestorm in the Assembly 12 race.
Ma blamed Reilly campaign senior staff for circulating mistaken
identity to officials and the media.
District 4 Supervisor Ma maintained Reilly showed lack of leadership
ability by not confirming accuracy.
She also pointed to irony.
"There's only one candidate in this race who's helped an
anti-choice Republican and that's Janet Reilly," Ma stated
in an 11:00 a.m. City Hall press conference.
Reilly once worked for Los Angeles Republican Mayor Richard Riordan
"who once called a woman's right to choose murder,"
Ma claimed Reilly lacked honor by remaining silent after the
IRS acknowledged the mistake. As of early today, the Reilly campaign
had not issued a statement on the issue.
Campaign consultant Eric Jaye told the San Francisco Chronicle
that the Reilly campaign had done nothing wrong. Jaye is under
contract to Janet Riley for Assembly.
He said publicizing it was needed to ferret out the truth, Rachel
Gordon reported in today's issue of the Chronicle.
Meanwhile, Reilly filed a complaint with State and local oversight
agencies alleging a Political Action Committee (PAC) controlled
by former State Senator John Burton made illegal donations to
the Ma campaign.
State law requires independent expenditure PACs not to coordinate
activities with campaigns endorsed by such PACs.
Burton's Leaders for an Effective Government PAC paid for $33,000
worth of Ma campaign television and earlier funding from the PAC
help launch the Ma campaign, Reilly asserted. Ma once served as
legislative assistant to Burton.
John Burton, keynote speaker at Fiona Ma's campaign
kick-off event on March 5, 2006