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Spierer: Mailer misrepresents his position

Posted: March 19, 2008 10:24 p.m.
Updated: May 21, 2008 5:03 a.m.
A mailer sent out by City Council candidate Laurie Ender's camp goes beyond "vote for me" rhetoric, attacking one of the other candidates in the race for two council seats.

"How does Bob Spierer answer direct questions about critical issues like expanding the hospital? He doesn't," reads the mailer sent by the Friends of Laurie Ender.

It quotes a Signal story that said Spierer and two other candidates did not outline their stands on the Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital expansion during a February debate.

Appearing at a Valley Industrial Association luncheon Tuesday, Spierer noted he had taken a position on the hospital's expansion plans at other public forums.

For example, at a November candidate debate, Spierer said that while he is concerned with the health and needs of the community, he isn't convinced that the community needs all three of the medical office buildings listed in the plans.

On Tuesday, Spierer held the mailer in the air and called it a "hit piece" that "completely misrepresents my position."

"I think she sees my candidacy as the one to knock down to succeed," Spierer told The Signal Tuesday afternoon.

Todd Blair, a consultant to Ender's campaign, said the campaign wanted to point out Spierer's failure to directly answer the question.

"In this forum, he certainly didn't answer the question. That's what we picked up on," he said. "He's just playing politics with hospital expansion."

Spierer stressed at the Tuesday VIA luncheon that he believes there is a need to build a hospital elsewhere in the valley. As to the proposed Newhall Memorial hospital expansion, the question is "if we need all the medical offices around it," he said.

Blair said the Ender campaign is "not doing research on his background to find out horrible things we can say about him."

The election is April 8.

Signal Staff Writer Tammy Marashlian contributed to this report.


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