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Editorial: Vicious hit against Pierluigi Oliverio is unwarranted

A campaign mailer sent to Santa Clara County District 4 residents last week includes a vicious, uncalled for attack on San Jose City Councilman Pierluigi Oliverio, who is running for the District 4 seat on Board of Supervisors. The hit piece, largely funded by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU),  equates Oliverio’s sexual harassment lawsuit with that of serial harassers Harvey Weinstein and Roy Moore.
Let’s be clear. Oliverio’s chief of staff filed the suit with the city, accusing him of verbal abuse. She later dropped him from the lawsuit and settled for $10,000, an amount generally connected to a settlement that would save the city the costs of going through an expensive lawsuit — not one indicative of serious wrongdoing.
Sexual harassment on any level cannot be condoned, and we did not recommend Oliverio to voters in the race. But to compare him to Weinstein or Moore is grossly unfair. Weinstein, a Hollywood producer, has had 50 women come forward with allegations from rape to sexual harassment, and has admitted to groping a model. Moore, a former Alabama Senate candidate, has had nine women accuse him of sexual harassment, including four who were teenagers and one who was only 14.
Fair attacks against campaigns and candidates are expected and acceptable. This isn’t one of them. Voters should ignore this labor hit piece.

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