STATE SENATE | 10TH DISTRICT | Mary Hayashi is taking her state senate district opponent's hard-hitting Website released last weekend and upping the ante with an equally biting rejoinder.
The Hayashi campaign released BobProtectedRapists.com Friday afternoon to highlight a March 2012 committee vote by Wieckowski against legislation that prohibited spouses convicted of domestic violence against their partners from receiving spousal support, attorney's fees, and the victim's community property.
Wieckowski, as a member of the Assembly Judiciary Committee, which he now chairs, voted against the bill offered by Assemblymember Toni Atkins and now in-coming speaker. The bill was signed into law in September 2012. Aside from Wieckowski's no vote in the judiciary, no other member of the Legislature voted against the bill on the way to the governor's desk.
The Website comes just days after Wieckowski's campaign unveiled MugShotMary.com in an effort to highlight her 2011 shoplifting incident at Neiman Marcus. She later plead no contest and receiving three years probation.
Hayashi's retort features numerous videos of the abused woman who became the impetus for Atkins' bill along with clips of Wieckowski casting his no vote. Included is a 15-second commercial including audio of a woman same woman, Crystal Harris, saying, "I don't want to be raped."
Mark Goodwin, Wieckowski's campaign manager, noted family law practitioners also opposed the bill back in early 2012. "Bob made a symbolic vote in committee in an effort to improve it," said Goodwin. "He voted for the bill on final passage and now it's the law. This is exactly the type of distortion we've come to expect from Mug Shot Mary."
"That's not true," said Josh Pulliam, Hayashi's campaign consultant. "At the actual hearing, Wieckowski talked all about his concern for attorneys fees and that it shouldn't pass because people should be able to sue their spouse for attorneys fees. He was the only one in the entire legislature to vote against it, Mary Hayashi supported Assemblymember Toni Atkins' bill. Later he abstained." Actually, when the bill was first voted on the Assembly floor, Wieckowski did not record a vote.
"And it was only after it was a done deal, and he realized that he was the only one who put rapists and their attorneys ahead of victims of domestic violence, that he begrudgingly supported it," said Pulliam. "Typical politician."
Goodwin also added, Assembly Speaker-elect Atkins has endorsed Wieckowski this June.
NOTE This article was updated with comments from each campaign.