On October 5th, Jeff Gorell tweeted a challenge to his opponent, Claudia Bill-de la Peña, to sign a pledge that he calls the "No Tobacco Money Pledge."
Not only is this not a thing, it is hypocritical because Gorell took money from the President and CEO of an international tobacco distribution corporation, Kretek.
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The pledge he asks her to sign is a made-up pledge to counter the "No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge" that Bill de la Peña and other Federal, State, and Local candidates have signed to "reject support from the fossil fuel industry and protect the health of our families, our climate, and our democracy." Five days before ballots are due out, Gorell tweeted that he finally signed it and then copied the fossil fuel language nearly word-for-word for his made up pledge.
Here is the language from the real pledge:
I pledge not to take contributions over $200 from oil, gas, and coal industry executives, lobbyists, and PACs and instead prioritize the health of our families, climate, and democracy over fossil fuel industry profits.
Here is the challenge from Gorell to Bill-de la Peña:
Abe says, "There is a real pledge to kick tobacco out of California politics; it's odd that Gorell hasn't signed it instead of making one up to attack his opponent."