SCUSD Observer

Sacramento, California

Johnson Denies Wrongdoing

KCRA has Johnson’s side of the story…below is an excerpt from a prepared statement by spokeswoman Christy Setzer:

“The fact that these allegations by (Eric) Jones, which were proven to be unfounded by Sacramento law enforcement, are being brought up is simply a matter of dirty politics by a candidate whose only access to the public stage is through mudslinging. The ‘Leonard Padilla for Mayor’ sign that sits in Mr. Jones’s front lawn is a testament to that. These accusations are completely untrue. We steadfastly refuse to stoop to this level of attack. Kevin, who is spending his time going door-to-door, speaking to the residents of Sacramento, will continue to run a positive campaign focused on the issues.”

The Johnson campaign said Hiestand did indeed speak to the girl and her mother, but said it was done to gain “an understanding of the allegation so that the proper steps could be taken.”

“In a comprehensive discussion with the student and her mother, in which Mr. Hiestand made clear that he represented both St. HOPE and Kevin Johnson as an attorney, the student in question and her mother repeatedly said that no inappropriate behavior had taken place,” Johnson’s campaign said in a statement. “The student repeated her statement that nothing had occurred to a three-person panel. The student’s mother made it clear that she did not want any further action taken as it would negatively effect her daughter who was already upset about Mr. Jones’ actions.”

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Written by scusdobserver

April 25, 2008 at 11:47 pm

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