Mannix campaign unviels Erickson-abortion letter

Press release from Kevin Mannix campaign 5-12-08:

MANNIX RELEASES SENSITIVE EMAIL ON ERICKSON;
CALLS INTO QUESTION ERICKSON’S CREDIBILITY

Salem — Kevin Mannix, candidate for Congress, released today an email from a woman who says Mike Erickson provided funds to a young woman and transported her to an abortion clinic where the young woman, whom Erickson impregnated, had an abortion. “It is unfortunate that I am the one who has to release this information to the public considering others have known for some time,” said Mannix.

“The email is verified and sheds light on the character of Mike Erickson who claims he is pro-life yet he paid for an abortion and left the woman at a clinic,” said Amy Langdon, campaign manager. “It is critical to share this woman’s story with the voters of CD 5 as they make the decision as to who will be the Republican nominee.”

A letter from Mannix and the email is being mailed to fifth congressional district Republican voters who have not yet returned their ballots. [see attached documents]

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LETTER

Mike Erickson, Pro-Life?? What about Tawnya??

When I first saw that there was a Mike Erickson for office, I thought to myself that there is no way that it is the same Mike Erickson. While watching a parade in Gladstone with my family this summer my suspicions were confirmed.

I was surprised to see that the Mike Erickson, who in 2000 was having wild parties involving cocaine use on his house boat, was running for office. I just thought to myself that he must be running Republican… I was fine with letting this go.

Why am I writing now???

I was outraged to received his campaign flyer arrive at my house with implications of pro-life / pro-family. Where were these ideals in the year 2000 when he drove my friend (whom he impregnated) to an abortion clinic in NE Portland, handed her some cash, and left her at the door. Where was he when I was holding her hand through the entire process as she cried for her lost child? Ten years his junior and already a single mom, she really felt like she had no choice in the matter without his support. How dare he think that he could get away with these hypocritical lies. I realize that hypocracy is a part of political campaigning, but my friend deserves more than this.

Again, I ask the question, what about Tawnya?….

Thank you,

Kristi

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LETTER FROM MANNIX

From the Desk of
Kevin L. Mannix
May 12, 2008

Dear Paul,

Sometimes a leader has to step forward and take responsibility for delivering difficult news.

Recently, I have been presented with extremely disturbing information about my opponent, Mike Erickson, and the disrespectful way he treated a young woman.

This information is reflected in the verified email that is enclosed with this letter. The only alteration I have made to the email is to remove a last name and email address.

My campaign supporters have conferred with people involved in this story, and I am convinced that the story is real. The information was provided by others to the media, and I understand the media have carried out extensive investigations and have confirmed many of the details.

It is important that you, the voter, be aware of this situation. Rarely have I been confronted with such a difficult decision as to whether to proceed with something of this nature. But what is on the line here is the character of the person who will represent you in Congress.

Many people have suggested to me that I allow some “other party” to share this information with you so that I can stand by and watch the situation develop. I believe it is important for me to take personal responsibility for sharing this story.

In my twenty years of public service, I have been careful to work on behalf of the people and to be open about the issues which confront us. I cannot in good conscience allow this election to proceed without being open with you as to this sad situation which has been presented to me.

Sincerely,

Kevin L. Mannix

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  • RinoWatch

    Point, Set, Match…..

    • Another Guest Comment

      Republicans at CD5 start the twenty first century with manic panic v. eric blow.

      Brilliant! Kevin and Mike.

      Darlene knew about this issue in 2006, and refused to run with slime.

      Now Kevin and Mike try it on again.

      Kurt Schrader and Steve Marks might thank The OR State Party of Lincoln for running Republican slime.

      However, one suspects they’ll simply follow the lead of Darlene instead, and quietly rake in votes.

      Thanx Kevin

      • danm

        Erickson’s an old-school Republican, apparently… he’s screwing women…

  • What Kevin really means

    Sometimes a leader has to step forward and take responsibility for delivering difficult news. [WHEN YOU CAN’T CONVINCE THE MEDIA OR ANY OUTSIDE GROUP TO RUN THE STORY AND DELIVER THE HIT, YOU HAVE TO DO IT YOURSELF]

    Recently, [MONTHS AGO, BUT COULDN’T GET ANYONE ELSE TO RELEASE IT] I have been presented with extremely disturbing information about my opponent, Mike Erickson, and the disrespectful way he treated a young woman.

    This information is reflected in the verified email that is enclosed with this letter. The only alteration I have made to the email is to remove a last name and email address.

    My campaign supporters have conferred with people involved in this story, and I am convinced that the story is real. The information was provided by others to the media, and I understand the media have carried out extensive investigations and have confirmed many of the details. [BUT NOT ENOUGH TO RUN THE STORY]

    It is important that you, the voter, be aware of this situation. [SO YOU VOTE FOR ME RATHER THAN HIM] Rarely have I been confronted with such a difficult decision as to whether to proceed with something of this nature. [BUT TIME HAS RUN OUT FOR SOMEONE ELSE TO DELIVER THE BLOW, AND BALLOTS ARE IN YOUR HANDS, SO I HAD NO CHOICE] But what is on the line here is the character of the person who will represent you in Congress. [I MEAN ERICKSON’S]

    Many people have suggested to me that I allow some “other party” to share this information with you so that I can stand by and watch the situation develop. [AND I THOUGHT THIS WAS A GREAT IDEA, BUT I COULDN’T GET ANYONE TO DO IT] I believe it is important for me to take personal responsibility for sharing this story. [SINCE NONE OF YOU OTHER WEENIES WOULD DO IT]

    In my twenty years of public service, I have been careful to work on behalf of the people and to be open about the issues which confront us. I cannot in good conscience allow this election to proceed without being open with you as to this sad situation which has been presented to me. [BECAUSE IT IS MY BEST SHOT AT THIS POINT]

    Sincerely,

    Kevin L. Mannix

    • Crawdude

      The more I watch this campaign, the more I start disliking Mannix. iI think he gets beaten as usual in the general election.

      At the same time Erickson, if this is true, has hit a wall! If its not, it is grounds for a libel lawsuit. against the womem who wrote the letter.

    • devietro

      Kevin I like you a lot, but this letter was known at least to active Republicans for a long time. So you may have brought it back into the spotlight but not sure that you can take full credit for it. Secondly this has NOTHING to do with his ability to be an effective representative. To me your choice to not run for AG and instead run for CD5 knowing that it would both cause a primary and leave a vacancy in the AG slot bugs me just as much as this letter.

      If I lived in CD5 (which I don’t) you would still have my vote (not because of this issue but just the fact that I have heard both of your guys speak many times and I like your polish and experience). It would have been nice to see you run for AG and Mike for CD5 so you could both be effective in enacting change.

    • Go Away!

      Kevin,

      You have proven to all Oregonians and repectable Americans that there is no limit to the deapths that you will go to pursue an election win! Your contrived “intent” is far more distrubing to me than any content of this letter. I could not in good conscience vote for a man who would go to such deapths to discredit his opponent. I could not imagine how you might use your office if ever elected?

      Regarless of the truth of this story….your actions have shamed yourself, your party, the entire political process and most importantly the magificant State of Oregon!

      Please Go Away For Good!

  • davidg

    If the allegations are true, then Erickson is a slimeball. I’ll withhold judgement on that until Erickson has a chance to respond.

    But one thing is certain beyond a doubt:
    Mannix is a slimeball.

    • yikes

      Mannix Pannix!

      I don’t live in CD 5 but reading this is quite clear to me:

      Desperate times call for desperate measures.

      Nothing surprises me in politics anymore. I’m going to have to scratch my head and question your character on this one Kevin.
      I’ll be reading closely to see what skeleton(s) shake out of your closet.
      Hopefully you have filled your campaign advisers in on ALL of them.

  • Dave Lister

    To me, it looks like an eleventh hour “Hail Mary” pass and I think it will be as effective as Goli’s grabbing on to Wu’s sex abuse.

    • Richard

      My thought exactly

  • Anonymous

    Very interesting… I hope Mike Ericksons smug grin gets whipped right off his face with this zinger

  • Stephan Andrew Brodhead for Oregon

    To Mr. Mannix:

    Dude!

  • Jessica B

    I am more concerned about Mike’s use of access to drugs and how he and his buddies drug young women at parties. Tisk tisk Mikey!