Source: Mark Reed for Congress Website
BRAD SHERMAN'S PERSONAL ATTACK ON MARK REED
Brad Sherman has sent his constituents a mailer attacking Mark Reed. He has accused Mark of using taxpayer money to pay for a Public Defender to represent him in an appeals case. This case is in regard to the fact that Mark did not have permit for a 75 year-old gun that he purchased in 1974, when he was 18.
Mark has admitted to having this unpermitted gun and has since gotten the proper permit. The gun was used as a prop in the movie industry.
Brad Sherman's October surprise attack is absolutely baseless. Sherman is accusing Mark Reed of retaining Public Defender services at no charge, However Mark will be paying for his court appointed attorney once the case is closed. Mark is also aware of the approximate court costs to be incurred: $3,500.00 as of now.
Concerning Brad Sherman's baseless attacks:
Mark has never owned the weapon shown in Sherman's flyer and it is not the weapon for which he had no permit. The actual weapon is an 1800 replica stagecoach pistol shotgun.
Brad Sherman's claim that Mark will not be able to take his seat in the Congress is false and absurd. As an attorney he should know better. Lack of a gun permit is a simple misdemeanor, and the only court imposed condition is that Mark can't own a weapon for three years. He is free to travel anywhere.
Regarding Sherman's offensive personal attack on Mark, impugning his success as a businessman, the truth is simple: whereas Sherman is sitting on a million dollar-plus campaign fund, Mark's commitment to campaigning for the District 27 seat in Congress during the last two years has limited Mark's income for the last two years.
I challenge Brad Sherman to define the meaning of "successful businessman," this coming from someone who has gorged himself at the public trough for over 20 years-a man who obviously feels he entitled to his office! If one runs a business and makes money to support oneself and one's family, you have, by definition, a successful business. Apparently, Brad Sherman doesn't see it that way. After all, Sherman has been living off the taxpayer to the tune of $175,000 annually. Brad Sherman is out of touch regarding the difficulties of living day-to-day.
Brad Sherman is using this issue to distract from his abysmal voting record and he continues to hide from a debate about the real issues facing the 27th District, California, and the public in general. Considering a congressional record as bad as Brad Sherman's, I would be running from it, too.
Remember, Sherman voted to triple the Deficit by voting for Tarp, Obamacare, the failed Stimulus program and every other spending bill that came out of the Pelosi/Obama agenda.