Yesterdays Daily Republic Article on the Assembly District 11 race is a perfect example of a reporter trying to make the news as opposed to simply reporting on it. David DeBolt wrote an article claiming “Assembly Candidates Spar over Endorsement” which states Jim Frazier incorrectly listed the Mayor of Antioch as a supporter.
Unfortunately for DeBolt, he incorrectly reported this accusation and owes an apology to the Frazier camp.
In a statement made by Mayor James Davis this morning, he stated he never pulled support of Jim Frazier for Assembly and said it was a duel endorsement.
“I did not pull endorsement for Jim (Frazier). This is a dual endorsement. I tried to stay neutral, but in the end my interest is what’s best for Antioch,” said Mayor Davis.
For the record, Mayor Davis endorsed Frazier all the way back in September of 2011 when Frazier announced while he just now got around to also issuing an endorsement for Mike Hudson.
Mike Hudson is not innocent either, along with Mr. DeBolt, Hudson should also issue an apology as the Hudson campaign issued a press release Tuesday stating , “a flier recently mailed to homes erroneously claimed that Mayor Davis endorsed one of the other, unnamed Assembly District 11 candidates. Mayor Davis acted quickly to correct the misstatement.”
The silly thing is while the Hudson camp wants to claim Mayor Davis as a supporter, the article lists many others who are backing Frazier which is somewhat Ironic.
Mr. DeBolt lists supporters for Frazier in Antioch include: the police union, county deputy sheriff’s union, the firefighter union and included signatures of prominent Antioch residents, including State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson and Vice Mayor Wade Harper.
This is a case of jumping the gun to make news as opposed to fact checking before print. I’d urge immediate public apologies in writing this weekend prior to the Primary Election on June 5.