Stretching the truth is the bread and butter of political mailers, but the latest hit piece by Justin Fareed’s campaign takes the prize. In a desperate attempt to peel away at his opponent’s overwhelming support within the local environmental community, Fareed actually claims that Salud Carbajal cannot be trusted to protect Santa Barbara from offshore drilling.
In his long tenure as county supervisor, Carbajal opposed offshore oil drilling; he has been endorsed by the Sierra Club and all other environmental groups. On the other hand, Fareed has benefited from the largesse of oil and coal companies, and he has endorsed Donald Trump, who enthusiastically wants to open up all waters to oil development and reduce environmental protections. Nice try, Fareed!