State Rep. Jan Angel (R-Port Orchard), who is running for the 26th Legislative District state senate seat, sent cease and desist letters to Comcast Cable, the Nathan Schlicher for State Senate campaign and the She’s Changed political action committee (PAC) on Oct. 18 with regards to the lies and deceit being perpetuated about her in advertisements about her record as a member of the state House.
According to a press release sent by Keith Schipper, communication director for Angel’s campaign, he stated that the Schlicher campaign and She’s Changed PAC has consistently spun false claims that Angel led efforts to “eliminate funding for cancer screenings and coverage for mammograms” in a blatant effort to deceive the public and smear Angel’s reputation in the community she has called home for more than 30 years in an attempt to win a pivotal election to the state senate.
The Angel campaign has continuously rebuked these claims, and has shown how her support of these bills was to increase coverage and provide new funding commitments for cancer screenings and mammograms evidenced by her support of Senate Bill 5034 which funded the exchange and actually increased funding for these services.
"You get to the point where you're just not going to take it anymore. The outrageous misrepresentations and untruthfulness has to stop. Candidates or groups should not be allowed to lie to get elected, that is why we are going to hold them accountable," Angel said regarding the cease and desist letters.
“Broadcasters are under a heightened responsibility to ensure the accuracy of political ads when they are sponsored by third-party political groups,” added Samuel Rodabough, lawyer for the Angel campaign.
The senate race has become the most expensive in Washington history with $2 million already spent.
Voters in the 26th Legislative District will decide on Angel or Schlicher as the next state senator.
Angel finished nine percentage points ahead of Schlicher in the August primary.