Jones Responds to Bera TV Spot, Releases 'Know Scott' Commercial

September 19, 2016 |

In response to an ad aimed at him, that is being characterized as a smear, Republican candidate Sacramento Sheriff Scott Jones released a TV ad today defending his character. Jones is challenging Dr. Ami Bera (D - Elk Grove) for the California's hotly contested 7th Congressional District, which includes all of Elk Grove. 

The ad, titled "Know Scott," features a large group of people speaking about Jones. The various people in the group, several of whom are in non-identified police-type uniforms and imply they work for the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department, speak in bullet-point like sentences of why they support Jones. 

This newest campaign spot comes on the heels of an ad released last Friday by the Bera campaign. That spot, titled "Allegations," not surprisingly focuses on an allegation of sexual harassment leveled against Jones by a female Deputy Sheriff with the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department.

In their press release accompanying the video, Jones' campaign consultant David Gilliard characterized the "Allegations" spot as a smear tactic.

“Unlike Congressman Bera, who chose to go straight to the gutter in a desperate attempt to smear the Sheriff, Scott Jones’ deputies talk about the positive things he has done to keep the people of Sacramento County safe,” Gilliard said. 

The Bera campaign did not respond to an email request seeking comments on Gilliard's comments.

The Sacramento Bee's PoliGRAPH fact-checking rated Bera's "Allegations" commercial as true noting that the information was accurately portrayed in the spot. The Bee rates claims as true, false or iffy. 

Even though Bera's "Allegations  the first attack ad in the race, it is widely expected that Jones or an independent committee will attack Bera on his father's federal conviction of illegal campaign fundraising activities.     

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