(Chico) The Butte County Republican Party on Thursday voted to censure Doug Ose, candidate for Congress, and Sue Horne, a candidate for State Assembly. This was a disciplinary action taken against Ose and Horne for negative and misleading campaign ads against their respective Republican opponents, Tom McClintock and Dan Logue.
Doug Ose's ads were called into question for misleading statements about Tom McClintock's use of per diem in the California Legislature. Sue Horne was likewise criticized for a recent mailer falsely accusing Dan Logue of abusing eminent domain powers as a Yuba County Supervisor.
"Republicans hold their candidates to high standards," said Steve Thompson, Chairman of the committee, "and our membership felt that the Ose and Horne campaigns had gone too far. Their attacks were underhanded and dishonest, and we had to speak out against conduct we believed to be unbecoming of Republican candidates."
Jim Ledgerwood, an executive member of the committee, believed the attacks went against the spirit of Ronald Reagan. "All we're asking is that Ose and Horne run clean campaigns on the issues," said Ledgerwood, "if they can't win with a positive message, do we really want them representing our party in elected office?"
The move by the Butte County Republican Party to censure follows the recent censure of Sue Horne by the Yuba County Republican Party.
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