Wieckowski’s Campaign Thinks Andrew Breitbart is Alive

Bob Wieckowski, Peter Kuo

STATE SENATE | 10TH DISTRICT | A day after Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski cruised to an eight-point win in the June primary, his campaign was already picking a fight with his November opponent, Peter Kuo, while erroneously raising from the dead a beloved conservative columnist.

In a press release last week from Wieckowski’s campaign, it references a quote offered by Kuo that is critical of the state’s ranking as 47th in the country in per-pupil spending.

However, the campaign mistakenly attributes the article to “conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart.” Except, Breitbart died of a heart attack in 2012 at the age of 43. The story, instead, appears on the conservative news site, Breitbart.com.

Still dead: Andrew Breitbart

“I must have been misquoted in that article,” said Kuo on Monday. “First, I’ve never spoken with Mr. Breitbart, as Assemblyman Wieckowski claims I have—it would be rather difficult for me to do so being that he passed away two years ago.”

On the subject of school spending, Wieckowski said he was elected in the midst of the recent recession when budget cuts to education were made by the Legislature, but additional funding has since returned along with an uptick in the economy. “We need to be spending more on students, not less,” he said.

Kuo, though, maintains the state needs better results from the amount of money it spends on educating students. “It’s unfortunate Assemblyman Wieckowski and his Democratic colleagues in the legislature, who have controlled the state budget process for the last several decades, like to place blame on candidates running to reform their policies that have failed our children.”

The issue of education, in fact, may be Kuo’s trump card during the November election. His campaign caught fire shortly after the State Senate passed a constitution amendment in late January (SCA-5) essentially overturning Proposition 209, which ended affirmative action in the college application process and state contracts.

The Assembly shelved the bill, but not before Kuo and other Republicans used the uproar, particularly among those in Asian American communities, as a significant wedge issue. Wieckowski supports affirmative action, but questioned SCA-5 during the June primary. The 10th State Senate District also has a large Asian American demographic, which could favor Kuo.

12 thoughts on “Wieckowski’s Campaign Thinks Andrew Breitbart is Alive

  1. Bob Wieckowski will represent this Senate District till he's termed out. I'm glad he saved us from Mary Hayashi who committed a crime but didn't do the time.


  2. 200pm if Mary walks around with red bra and black leather tights, should Bob W do the same ?!


  3. anon 1:20pm what kind of taste did mary's shoplifting leave in your mouth? and then her refusal to take responsibility? and then paying her criminal defense legal fees with campaign funds?


  4. Bob's dirty campaign tactics reflected bad images toward his personality and standard of how he handles situations. It was very bad taste in the mouth.


  5. My prediction – Did you see how many votes Roman Reed received, with so little money for campaigning? He was unknown in SC County, He received 15% of the vote. In SC County, Peter Kuo was only 2 % behind Bob Wieckowski. It wouldn't take many independent and Dems crossing over for Kuo to beat Wieckowski. And Kuo is a moderate R and a successful small business owner as well as a decent person who called on the other candidates to stop the mudslinging.

    There are Dems here who will vote R because they're so disgusted with Bob W's behavior in the primary campaign.


  6. This is a plea from a voter – Candidates, please give us the summer off from the nasty campaigning. We're exhausted from the amount of primary garbage mailers which filled our mailboxes – more than 4 pounds worth, and the garbage TV ads and negative campaigning in the press and online. Please, just let us enjoy the summer and stop with the negative campaigning for a couple of months!

    Tired of all of the negative campaigning


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