Mill Valley Congressional Candidate Attacks Solomon's 'Hit' Piece on Lawson

Democratic candidate chides West Marin rival for "slimy" mailer that calls San Rafael's Stacey Lawson a "carpetbagger from Silicon Valley and San Francisco."


Mill Valley resident and Congressional candidate Larry Fritzlan has taken the unusual position of chiding another Democratic candidate -- -- for attacking a third candidate,

Fritzlan, in an email blast, says a glossy anti-Lawson "Congressional Jeopardy" mailer sent over the weekend to residents of the 2nd Congressional District is a "sliming" of Lawson, demeans the election process and "makes us all feel yucky."

Fritzlan, a local psychologist, claims the mailer "epitomizes the reason half the population does not vote."

The mailer calls Lawson  a "corporate profiteer" and a "carpetbagger from Silicon Valley and San Francisco" and calls her to task for failing to vote in some earlier elections.

"Really, Norman!" Fritzlan says in his email. "We want to respect our leaders. We want to trust them.

"But right now, 90 percent of us do not trust politicians, and your mailer is an example of why we don't trust politicans," Fritzlan says. "Sliming someone else makes us all feel yucky."

in the June 5 primary elections for the 2nd District Congressional seat that spans the North Coast of California from Marin County to the Oregon border.

Other key candidates the race include who is considered a frontrunner, and Marin County Supervisor .  Supporters of Huffman and Solomon have posted blogs on Patch, and Lawson supporters will be posting a blog this week.

Fritzlan, who is considered a long-shot in the 12-candidate race, has made his key issue about campaign funding. He said at a campaign financing from special interests.

He has pledged to not accept more than $100 from any one individual.

"As you know, one of my concerns is where did these advertising dollars come from?," Fritzlan said in his email. "And what did the candidate have to promise to get that money?"

Fritzlan also defends Lawson against Solomon's repeated attacks

"I would remind him that, in fact, nearly half the electorate fails to vote because so many folks distrust our elected leaders and find the elections irrelevant," he said.  "And I'd also reiterate that our focus needs to be on growing up and finding common sense solutions to our big problems, and that getting the corrupting influence of money out of politics would be a good place to start"

Fritzlan challenges Solomon to send out another mailer apologizing to Lawson.

"You demeaned this election, the candidates and the voters with your mailer," Fritzlan said. "I don't want to be a part of the same universe as you and this approach.

"I'm not specifically defending Stacy Lawson, but doesn't she represent what is great about America?," Fritzlan said.
"She came from humble beginnings, went to college, got an MBA from Harvard, became a successful businesswoman and entrepreneur, worked to create a bunch of jobs, earned some money in the process, then moved into academia and is currently a U.C. Berkeley professor helping students become entrepreneurs."

Lawson supporter Tony Crabb of Healdsburg said he remains steadfast in his backing of the San Rafael entrepreneur.

"She is not a career politician, but someone who knows how to get things done, and can provide balance with a growing economy and better environment," Crabb said.

"Stacey has thought more about the issues than any of the other candidates and has shown that she has the ability to move forward on these issues," Crabb said. "See her website, www.staceylawson.com for details."


jerry slick May 22, 2012 at 01:53 PM
I agree. When Solomon did this, he became just another politician, and lost my vote.
Michael Shiffman May 22, 2012 at 03:21 PM
Attacks on attacks-isnt Fritzlan doing the same as Soloman only making it personal? Only Jared Huffman stands above the entire group with proven leadership and honesty in the political arena. Michael Shiffman. Mill Valley
Anita Fieldman May 22, 2012 at 04:45 PM
Norman Solomon has been working on solutions to national and international problems his entire adult life and has been an advocate for publicly-financed elections for decades. He, like Mr. Fritzian, has taken no corporate or special interest donations; Norman’s campaign is truly grassroots with a large and enthusiastic group of volunteers that has known and respected him for years. There is more to being a member of Congress than having some success in business like Ms. Lawson. Our new representative will need to: know how Congress works (unlike Mr. Huffman, Norman has the most national political expertise of all the candidates including many “guest expert” appearances on C-SPAN); have an understanding of international affairs (unlike Mr. Huffman, Norman has led many fact-finding and peace delegations to Middle East countries and written books that deal with international diplomacy); and be extremely knowledgeable about domestic affairs (more than Mr. Huffman, Norman has been at the forefront of healthcare for all; clean energy, clean environment, and climate change issues; election reform; ending corporate rule; and economic and social justice issues. There is no better candidate for steadfast representation of the people (emphasis on “people”) of California’s Congressional District 2. Anita Fieldman, Mill Valley
Lippy May 22, 2012 at 07:42 PM
I think it's absolutely "fair-game" and instructive that Solomon points out that an opponent has a shoddy record of making the democratic effort to vote.
Ann Spake May 22, 2012 at 07:57 PM
Fritzlan says to "trust" leaders? If we have learned anything over the decades, it is that we should not TRUST leaders but on the contrary challenge whoever purports to "lead". Norman takes no corporate money; Huffman does. Huffman supported the Desalination boondoggle which would have taken water from the most polluted body of water in California, but private interests would have been well served. But the "don't trust them" people went to court and thus the EIR was tossed out. Solomon has every right and responsibility to call out Lawson who, with virtually no history in politics, thinks she can buy an election with private money.


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