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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Saltzman Back At Cornett: "The community is not served by using the tragic deaths of Aaron Campbell and others to forward a political campaign — or even more distastefully, a political career."

Posted by Matt Davis on Wed, Mar 31, 2010 at 1:12 PM

SALTZMAN AND CORNETT AT THE MERCURYS CANDIDATE OLYMPIAD EARLIER THIS YEAR
  • SALTZMAN AND CORNETT AT THE MERCURY'S CANDIDATE OLYMPIAD EARLIER THIS YEAR

BAM. Dan Saltzman just accused Jesse Cornett of grandstanding with the deaths of Aaron Campbell and others, after Cornett called on him yesterday to talk publicly about police issues. At the end of his two page letter back to Cornett this morning, listing all of the many things he feels he's done, Saltzman writes:
These are difficult and longstanding issues that require hard work, and often do not have simple answers. So here is what I have not done and what I will not do: politicize these efforts by
playing them out in the media or using them as a campaign tool.

As you well know, we will have numerous opportunities to appear jointly at forums and debates
throughout the community, including the City Club on April 23rd. But the community is not
served by using the tragic deaths of Aaron Campbell and others to forward a political campaign —
or even more distastefully, a political career. We should honor their memories by making
change, not demean them by trying to use their deaths to score political points.

Therefore, I respectfully decline your invitation.


"Those are mighty tough words from a career politician who has been unwilling to learn lessons from history to save lives in the future," Cornett responds. POW. ZAP. KABLONG. So:

Who's Grandstanding Whom?

Update, 8:22: Cornett hit back at Saltzman this evening, bringing up the death in 2005 of his best friend Ray Gwerder, at the hands of the Portland police:

"In the middle of everything else that I'm doing in my life right now, to be accused of trying to make political capital out of this situation by someone who could never imagine picking up bloody gloves off your porch after the police have taken your best friend and roommate from the world."

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