04:41 PM PDT on Thursday, August 19, 2004
By ABE ESTIMADA, kgw.com Staff
A barrage of attack advertisements unleashed by Jim Francesconi’s mayoral campaign against rival Tom Potter triggered an unexpected backlash: The Portland police union withdrawing its support of Francesconi.
“Portland needs a vigorous debate on the issues as to who should be our next mayor,” the union said in a statement released Thursday. “It does not need attack ads, much less ones that attack not only a candidate, but the city’s entire police force. Ads that are intentionally or recklessly misleading have no place in Portland.”
In response, Potter told KGW, "I think this decision illustrates the differences of the two campaigns and the leadership I would bring to Portland. I think these types of attack ads push people apart. This is an example of that."