With Election day hours away, Rep. Judy Chu (D-El Monte) released a statement disputing claims Matthew Lin apologized for using her image in flyers she says imply she and other Democratic leaders endorsed his campaign for the 49th Assembly District.
“I was shocked to see news reports today in which Matthew Lin claims to have spoken to me personally to apologize for the unauthorized and illegal use of my photo in his campaign mail in an attempt to deceive voters into thinking I support his candidacy,” Chu said through a news release issued Sunday.
“Matthew Lin has not apologized nor has he complied with the requests in the cease and desist letter that was sent to him at a Wednesday afternoon press conference.”
The flyers in question feature photos of Chu posing with Lin, along with copies of several awards and certificates the Congresswoman has bestowed upon the physician over the years. Beneath the photo is the disclaimer, "endorsement is not implied."
Lin’s staffers said they were puzzled over the congresswoman’s latest press release, calling it unnecessary partisan politics over a non-issue. They said it has all the hallmarks of a last-minute political stunt.
“Shouldn’t she be focusing about issues people care about?” one staffer said.
Lin will face off Tuesday against attorney and educator Ed Chau to replace Chu's husband, Assemblyman Mike Eng (D-Monterey Park), who terms out this year. Chu and Eng are long-time supporters of Chau.
Chu held a press conference Nov. 1 announcing that she would send a cease and desist letter demanding Lin stop using her image in his mailers.
The conference came a day after Lin's wife won an injunction barring Chau's campaign from disseminating any materials imprinted with her social security number. Joy Lin filed a legal complaint Oct. 26 after Chau's campaign released several mailers displaying her full name, home address and social security number.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge E. Edward Simpson ordered Chau to appear Nov. 27 regarding the injunction.”
Chu is running against business owner Jack Orswell for the redrawn 27th Congressional district, which will serve Claremont. She currently serves the 32nd Congressional District.
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Matthew Lin letter of response to Judy Chu following the press conference.