District 5 city council candidate Aaron Resendez has just released an open letter to Nora Campos, demanding an apology from the councilmember and her Chief of Staff Ryan Ford.
Last Friday, following a press conference at City Hall denouncing the malicious mailers sent out against fellow candidate Magdalena Carrasco, Resendez says Ford approached him for what can only be described as a public badmouthing. Campos’ brother, Xavier Campos, is also running against Resendez for the East Side seat.
“I am writing this open letter to you and the community to bring attention to Mr. Ford’s insulting and disrespectful behavior,” the letter reads. “Behavior that seeks to intimidate, to disrespect and to threaten has no place in political life and I demand a public apology….As a District 5 resident and community leader for the past 17 years, I have never been attacked in such an unprovoked manner. Mr. Ford’s speech and decorum in front of City Hall was disrespectful to me and my wife Lucy.”
Apparently, Ford’s tirade was a response to one of Resendez’ campaign mailers, which listed the “Exceptional Leadership Award” he received from Campos’ office back in 2002.
“Your Chief of Staff Ryan Ford approached me and denounced my ethics. He accused me of being unethical because I quoted the language of an award I had received from you on my campaign mailer. He stated that this implied that you had endorsed me,” says the letter.
Resendez’ campaign mailer also lists various community leadership awards he received from former San Jose Mayor Ron Gonzales in 2002 and 2003.
“The voters of District 5 deserve better than this type of insulting and disrespectful behavior. Intimidation and innuendos are part of the politics of the past. We need to focus on the politics of the future to better serve the residents of District 5,” the letter ends.
There is, as yet, no response from camp Campos.