San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed is accusing Assemblyman Paul Fong, running for City Council in District 1, of launching a "xenophobic and racist" attack on an opponent's campaign consultant.
In a letter made public Tuesday, Reed blasted Fong for a fundraising email his campaign sent earlier this week. The message targeted Victor Ajlouny, who works for Fong's opponent, Charles "Chappy" Jones.
Here's a quote from the email by way of Mercury News columnist Scott Herhold:
“Ajlouny is a top Republican consultant and Palestinian activist, who served as a high-ranking member of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) in the 1990s, and is known for his political attacks."
Herhold goes on to report what Ajlouny's background actually is -- and how Fong's campaign got it wrong.
Ajlouny, an American of Palestinian descent who has handled local campaigns for years -- including that of San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed — said he had never been a member of the PLO, though he had been a member of the Palestinian delegation to a peace conference in Washington D.C. ...
... Fong’s campaign manager, Dennis Chiu, said he had based the sentence on a Mercury News story from 2009. But that story said only that a high-ranking member of the PLO had asked Ajlouny to serve as an American adviser to Yasser Arafat. "That was my mistake," Chiu said. "I made the assumption that he was a member of the PLO."
All of which led to Reed's blast.