In response to Locke’s attack on Peter Brown several community leaders respond, outraged at the Locke campaign’s false assertions.
The Peter Brown for Mayor campaign also today unveiled a new radio ad, “That’s Why,” featuring Bishop James Dixon. In “That’s Why,” Bishop Dixon challenges Locke’s ad and touts Peter Brown’s proven record of results for the community. The ad will begin airing on radio stations on Saturday.
Bishop James Dixon
“Some have suggested that I have received money for supporting Peter Brown for Mayor,” said Bishop James Dixon. “That is a lie. I’m supporting Peter Brown because he protects our schools and preserves our neighborhoods. Peter Brown is the only mayoral candidate who has consistently stood with the African American community. Now, myself and others are standing with him.”
Rep. Alma Allen
State Representative Alma Allen responded as well. “If Gene Locke is implying that Peter Brown bought his support in the African–American community he needs to check his facts,” said Allen. “I am supporting Peter Brown for mayor because of the deep commitment Peter has to Houston’s future. My support is not for sale.”
Pastor James Nash
Pastor James Nash went a step further and called on Locke to apologize for his advertisement. “Peter Brown has proven time and time again that he will be there for Houstonians – all Houstonians,” said Nash. “I call on Gene Locke to apologize to those of us he accused of being bought. Peter Brown’s track record of service in Houston speaks for itself.”
Pastor David Punch
Pastor David Punch also called for an apology from Locke. “I am appalled and offended that Gene Locke would make such accusations,” said Punch. “Peter Brown is a man of integrity, he has been a genuine friend to our community. We support him because he has been there for us prior to this race for mayor. Locke should apologize to the ministers supporting Peter for such offensive accusations.”
Although the negative attacks have been flying on the campaign trail for several weeks, Locke’s radio spot – which began airing on Wednesday – is the first piece of negative paid advertising in the race for mayor.
“Our opponents have been going negative on the campaign trail for several weeks while Peter Brown has been offering real solutions to make Houston better – solutions that voters are clearly responding to,” said Brown’s campaign manager Lucinda Guinn. “It’s unfortunate that Gene Locke is taking his negative attacks to the next level. Peter Brown is proud to have the support of community leaders such as Rev. William Lawson, Dr. DZ Cofield and others who know Peter is working to improve Houston for everyone.”