This weekend I got three mailers from Tiberi, all attacking Shamansky. They can all be refuted – but here is one straight from the Shamansky campaign office. Tiberi "Tax Fraud" flyer

This mailer landed in some boxes at the same time as the scummy “fetus” mailing Tiberi dropped in the last couple of days. Like that mailer, this one is nothing but an intentional and misleading distortion of the facts.

BOGUS CLAIM: “Shamansky faces felony allegations for lying to government agents.”

FACT: Republican operatives filed a BOGUS claim about Bob’s past voting addresses just to create a scandal. There are NO felony “allegations”. This is the electoral equivalent of hitting your little brother, then going crying to mom saying he hit you. And the “government agents” ? Not Scully and Mulder. They mean the Franklin County Board of Elections.

BOGUS CLAIM: While living in a luxury high rise, Shamansky voted elsewhere. A violation of state law.

FACT: State law doesn’t define primary residence. Bob is a man of means who owns several homes.

BOGUS CLAIM: Shamansky has repeatedly failed to answer questions about his residency.

FACT: Bob held a press conference to address the GOP’s baseless allegations. That just doesn’t qualify as dodging the question. And it’s not like Pat doesn’t know it. He even used footage of the press conference in one of his slimy ads.

Pat’s trying to deceive 12th District voters in a last ditch effort to save his job. They’re smarter than that. It won’t work.

I also got the flyer about “experimentation on live fetuses“. Seriously. As near as I can tell (and it’s tough to find easy access to 97th Congress records while at work), they are referring to this act:

1982 – Subsec. (c). Pub. L. 97-375 substituted provision that the President shall, not later than Dec. 31 of each year, make an annual report to Congress on the activities, status, and changes in the composition of advisory committees in existence during the preceding fiscal year, for provision the President, not later than March 31 of each calendar year after 1972, make an annual report to Congress on the activities, status, and changes in the composition of advisory committees in existence during the preceding calendar year.

The act added reporting to an existing law about research ethics.

During the considerations of the National Commission, it recommended that certain kinds of research with the fetus and with children be submitted to a “National Ethics Advisory Board” that would be established within the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. In response, the Ethics Advisory Board was appointed by Califano in 1977.

So there you go – adding a requirement for reporting to a ethics advisory board for medical research is equivalent to “support[ing] ‘experimentation’ on live human fetuses”.

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