The well-funded, dark-money attacks on Lauren Johnson-Norris, candidate for Irvine City Council, are despicable.
Anonymous cowards have sent out unsigned letters to voters with vile lies about Lauren, who is a brilliant attorney, the mother of twin five-year-old girls, and a tireless advocate for children, families, and veterans.
In addition, more than $100,000 in dark-money has flowed into the coffers of a mysterious and unaccountable political action committee to spread even more lies about Lauren.
No doubt more dark-money attacks will follow.
The initial goal of these cowardly attacks was to scare Lauren into dropping out of the race.
That effort failed, and now the goal is to deceive Irvine voters.
These dark-money attacks, and the cowards behind them, will not succeed.
Irvine voters know the dedication to Irvine’s children and families that Lauren Johnson-Norris has demonstrated as a devoted and effective Community Services Commissioner.
Irvine police know the dedication to at-risk children and families that Lauren has shown – and have emphatically endorsed her campaign for Irvine City Council.
Ask yourself, what are the anonymous and well-financed cowards behind these attacks on Lauren afraid of?
They are afraid Lauren’s strength, intelligence, and courage.
They are afraid of Lauren’s vow to take forceful action to deal with Irvine’s over-development and traffic congestion.
They are afraid of Lauren’s commitment to ensure that Irvine’s children have access to quality, affordable child care.
They are afraid of Lauren’s independence and integrity.
They are afraid because Lauren is endorsed by both Irvine police officers and OCFA firefighters.
Most of all, they are afraid of you — Irvine’s voters — because they know you are sick and tired of our community being under the control of powerful developers hiding behind mysterious political action committees driven by unlimited piles of dark-money.
I condemn and denounce these false and cowardly attacks on Lauren Johnson-Norris, and I call upon other elected officials, candidates, and community leaders to join me in condemning these attacks.
I call upon everyone who loves Irvine to join me in rejecting this dark-money poison from our community and voting for Lauren Johnson-Norris for Irvine City Council.