Campaign Truth Watch
Late in campaigns, sadly, truth is often a casualty. This page on our website will serve to document the truth when John's opponents lie about John's record, or their own. Check back often for the Truth.
June 01, 2010- Response to Cooley’s False and Scurrilous Hit Piece Against Eastman
Cooley falsely claims that John Eastman has spent his career “as a law professor and failed politician.” It’s true, as you read in John’s background of public service, that John “took one for the team” by running for Congress in 1990 in a safe Democratic seat. Such team effort is probably beyond Cooley’s comprehension, but there is no excuse for him ignoring John’s significant appellate litigation experience since.
May 25, 2010 - Cooley Deceives Voters on Three Strikes
From his campaign statements and literature, Steve Cooley would have voters believe he is the champion of California's tough, "Three Strikes, You're Out" law. Nothing could be further from the truth. Steve Cooley has repeated sought to undermine "Three Strikes" in opposition to virtually every other elected District Attorney in California. His proposed changes to three strikes would results in thousands of repeat, violent offenders being released. Liberal newspaper editorials have praised Cooley's "pragmatic" views on Three Strikes. The TRUTH is...Steve Cooley is no friend of Three Strikes.
May 24, 2010 - Cooley's Attacks on Eastman Ballot Designation Ignore the Facts and the Law
Steve Cooley has based much of his campaign on attacking John Eastman for supposedly lying about his ballot designation. On this misleading attack, Cooley is wrong on both the facts and the law. The TRUTH is, John Eastman's request to be listed as "Assistant Attorney General" was not John's first choice, but it was the technically most accurate designation under the laws, regulations, and case law that govern ballot designations. This designation is John Eastman's current primary occupation, a title John holds for his work on a major constitutional law case out of South Dakota. The major problem with California's ballot designation rule is the three word limit for non-incumbents. The TRUTH is that John Eastman was entitled to the designation of "Assistant Attorney General", but agreed to be listed with a much stronger designation, "Constitutional Law Attorney," which reflects John's broader work as one of the top conservative, constitutional law attorneys in the country.
May 13, 2010 - Cooley Flip-Flops on Proposition 8
Steve Cooley has been caught in a major flip-flop on Proposition 8. He recently told a newspaper in San Diego that the Attorney General should defend Proposition 8. But Cooley opposed Proposition 8 when it was on the ballot, and in the Los Angeles Times earlier this year, praised and supported Jerry Brown for his decision not to defend Proposition 8 in court. The TRUTH is that Cooley's position on Proposition 8 is exactly the same as Jerry Brown's - he opposed in when it was on the ballot and would refuse to defend it in court.