By DEREK MOORE
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
Marc Levine’s campaign is crying foul over a mailer that portrays the state Assembly candidate who once campaigned for President Barack Obama as a supporter of Mitt Romney.
The mailer, which was sent out over the weekend, was paid for by the California Democratic Party, which is supporting Assemblyman Michael Allen.
Both Allen and Levine, a San Rafael city councilman, are running as Democrats in a newly-created Assembly seat that includes southern Sonoma County and all of Marin County.
The mailer insinuates that Levine supports Republicans and Romney. The mailer includes a photo of Levine at a campaign kick-off for Romney earlier this year in San Rafael, framed within a graphic outline of the GOP elephant symbol.
“Marc Levine doesn’t want you to know about the elephant in the room,” stated the mailer. “Because the elephant in the room is Marc Levine.”
Levine spokesman Leo Wallach on Monday said Levine was invited to speak at the Romney event.
“He told the group that he was a strong Democrat, but reaching out to the whole community as the local candidate,” Wallach said.
Wallach said the mailer reveals Allen’s “desperation and negativity.”
A poll conducted by the campaign showed that Levine held a lead in the race as of early September.
“While Marc Levine was working in the trenches for the Obama campaign in 2008, Michael Allen was working as a paid lobbyist and earning an ethics violation,” Wallach said. “Marc has spent his career helping people, while Michael Allen has helped himself.”
Allen declined to comment on Monday. His campaign issued a statement saying that Allen “did not know, approve or pay for the piece,” but that he is “proud” to be endorsed by the state Democratic Party.
Nearly a third of the money Allen reported receiving from March 18 through May 19 came in $84,000 in non-monetary contributions from the Democratic State Central Committee. Campaign finance reports are again due on Friday.