Adam Hill tied to phony mailer

May 14, 2012

Adam Hill

Members of the San Luis Obispo County Republican Party contend Adam Hill’s campaign is trying to influence the vote by sending out phony mailers in an attempt to give the false impression Hill has the Republican Party endorsement.

An advertising firm paid by Hill sent out the slate mailers titled “Attention Republicans: Election Day Voting Guide” to registered Republicans in the 3rd supervisor’s district. Along with a group of Republican candidates the mailer urges  Republicans to vote for Adam Hill  for District 3 supervisor.

“The mailer is a clear example of deceptive politics,” said Christopher Arend, a members of the San Luis Obispo County Republican Party. “Most voters are too busy to give mailers more than a quick look, and this mailer uses this to create an impression that it has been issued by a Republican organization.”

There are two candidates vying for the non-partisan District 3 supervisor seat and members of the  SLO County Republican Party have endorsed Hill’s opponent, Pismo Beach Councilman Ed Waage.

The Democratic Central Committee has endorsed Hill, who is actually a Democrat.

“The only thing this mailer tells us about Adam Hill is that he has stooped to paying a professional political marketer to deceive the Republicans in his district,” Arend said. “Once again, Adam Hill demonstrates the type of behavior that gives politics a bad name.”


Anyone who would read that flyer and assume that the Republican Party is endorsing Adam Hill for a NON-PARTISAN elected position does not understand politics or is not a critical thinker or has trouble with reading comprehension.

Is there ANYONE reading this forum now who read that flyer and truly thought the Republican Party was endorsing Hill? ANYONE?

I’m waiting….

Still waiting…


I know we’re Trib-bashing malcontents over here, but I why the Trib hasn’t picked this story up.

I note that they have taken objection to an Arnold mailer in today’s issue, but no coverage of this mailer.


The fact is this is a pretty standard and common form of political advertising as part of a campaign that aims to bring Republicans and Democrats and independents together to vote for the best candidate.

If you want to attract the attention of Republicans, you make the word “Republican” prominent. Duh!


By the way, here is another example of completely unprofessional, misleading story concocted by CalCoastNews. We’ve got the unnamed writer (Kevin p. Rice perhaps) calling the flyer “phony”, and yet there is NOTHING I can find in it that is not accurate or true.

Bill Loving, the editor of CalCoastNews, was a professional journalist. I can’t believe he signed off on this piece of crap article that is a journalistic travesty. Mr. Loving, did you really give your stamp of approval to this, or did someone slip it past you? Seriously. I think CalCoastNews readers need an explanation or an apology.

Downtown Bob

For once I agree with you Wiseguy! :-). I hope AHill will take the opportunity to write us an explanation or an apology!



Were you as incensed when an almost mirror image of this article ran about Ian Parkinson and the “phony” flyer? I’m guessing not, but await your reply.


What, exactly, is wrong with Republicans voting for Adam Hill. I recommend they do it, the flyer recommends they do it. So what?

I don’t see anything on that flyer that is not true. What is the problem here?

I certainly would not recommend that Republicans vote for Ed Waage.

The Ed Waage campaign is sounding terribly desperate, unable to compete against Hill on the record of accomplishments and experience, they resort to using Kevin P. Rice tactics.

Then we have Chris Arend, one of the most extreme right wing fanatics in our county, having the nerve to criticize Hill on character issues. Give me a break!

Kevin Rice

Oh PLEEZE! It’s like a Democrat Voter Guide with a picture of Dick Cheney. It’s untruthful, misleading, deceptive, and aimed at confusing voters.

If Adam Hill had a whit of character he’d present himself to voters without trying to mislead them.

It’s nearly comical you claim to not see anything. I’d like to take you to the Grand Canyon to see if you notice an unusually large crevasse.


OK SLOrider/Kevin P. Rice, show me ONE SINGLE thing that is not true in that flyer. One thing!


Still waiting….

As usual, you’ve got NOTHING but B.S. and your own selfish, self-promoting agenda that has NOTHING to do with improving our community.


Who in the world would believe an advertisement promoting Dick Cheney as a Democratic supported candidate? Kevin, do you really believe most of the people who read this forum are idiots? Get real, please. And show some respect for the folks to read CalCoastNews.

Kevin Rice

I believe one or two people on this forum are definitely idiots. And cowards.


Stop looking in the mirror.


Kevin, What possible difference would it make if you knew my full name and address? You can call me “coward” all you want, but why? What are you trying to accomplish with all your insults and interest in my personal life?

Plenty of people may know YOUR full name Kevin, but that doesn’t mean they really know who you are and what kind of behavior you engage in.

So, please explain why it matters to you so much to know more personal details about me. And what is in it for me to give you all this information you seem to so desperately want?

Downtown Bob

Hello hotdog, the local republicans were not happy with Parkinson for the deceptive marketing either. With this AHill it just seems to be the order of the day.


Just when I thought politicians were all honest, I am bitterly disappointed and shocked!


The usual hypocrisy. Our dear repos had no problem when their darling Ian Parkinson used these very tactics in his race for Sheriff. I wonder if the same creepo, Cory Black, is behind this undemocratic behavior.

Kevin Rice


The 2010 mailer targeted Dems. Reps barely knew about it.

Second, it was the same gang of people last time that are involved now—and it isn’t Reps.


Once a politician, always a politician. I’m from Paso, so I don’t have a vote for or against Mr. Hill, but it is my opinion that those who do have a vote ought to vote him OUT, make him get a real job, like the rest of us that don’t get to feed at the public trough. We, in Paso, have our own share of career politicians who think they are better than the citizens they are supposed to serve. I guess it should be no real surprise that this trait seems to prevalent all over. It is a shame what we, the voters, have allowed this to become. Sit back and let great talkers and decievers say how good they are and eat it up as if was chocolate ice cream. Shame of them for doing that to us — shame on us for allowing it to happen – change, change, change, change.


Does anybody actually read those flyers? Does anyone drive around town wondering who to vote for and then suddenly become enlightened after reading a political lawn sign?


It’s a political tactic called prompts. Itis a form of subliminal messaging. The goal is to get the candidate’s name and sound-byte message ubiquitously before the masses, in many different types of media, including yard signs. The design of the prompts needs to be consistent. Over a period of time, a target (person) may not even register they have seen the prompt, but because of prior prompts, the brain recognizes it and files it away without ever bothering to notify you that you saw it. When the political cycle starts, the prompts have more words and detail about the candidate’s message. Towards the end, the prompts are very brief.

My favorite type of prompt are business-card size. You can leave stacks of them everywhere, they are cheap to print, and people are more inclined to pick one up because they can stick the card easily in their pocket or pocketbook, where it can be found later and, hopefully, shared with others.

Many people make voting decisions at the last minute. Polls have shown these last-minuters go by “gut feelings.” The “gut feelings” most likely are the result of subliminal programming accomplished by hundreds, if not thousands, of prompts throughout the election season.

The Gimlet Eye

Well said, MaryMalone, well said.

The “prompts” sound like something that Edward Bernays would have come up with.


I think lazy voters are affected by signs etc. It’s name recognition along with the idea that the person has many supporters, thus is a good guy/gal. I think lists of supporters are very effective as well. When people you respect support a candidate and you know little about any of them, this can be a guide. I’m not saying these reasons are good, just logical to a degree.