By Lancaster resident and former mayoral candidate Arnie Rodio
When I ran for Mayor against [R. Rex] Parris in 2008, a hit mailer was put out against me, Ken Mann and Denise Latanzi, who were running as a slate.
At a City Council meeting, Denise [Latanzi] called out Ron Smith on it.
Smith stated in public that he knew nothing about the hit mailer until he had received it in the mail. You can go back to the City recordings to confirm.
I, later along with Ken Mann, sued for slander.
In that action, Ron Smith produced a declaration under oath that he had created the mailer – a direct written proof that he had lied to the citizens of Lancaster in his official capacity as a council member.
I have the declaration and have previously supplied copies to the AV Press and others.
To Ron Smith, in politics, anything goes.
A person who feels that lying, cheating, slander, secret hit mailers purposely designed to hide the real senders and voter manipulation is good for our city should never have any place in our city’s government. View a copy of Ron Smith’s declaration/confession here.
Editor’s Note: We found video of the 2008 Lancaster City Council meeting, where the hit mailer was discussed. During a contentious back-and-forth with hit mailer target Denise Latanzi, Smith says “I’ve seen a copy of that mailer,” before denying that his address was on the mailer. While Smith appears to imply that he had nothing to do with the mailer, he never expressly denies it. View the video below:
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