In an increasingly nasty City Council campaign, District 4 candidate Myrtle Cole has sent a mailer falsely accusing her opponent Dwayne Crenshaw of being mixed up in a drug deal more than 20 years ago.
“It was 3:30am and Dwayne was sitting outside a crack house,” the mailer reads. It goes on to imply that Crenshaw, who was attending San Diego State University at the time, was lying about being there to rescue a friend. It quotes a San Diego police officer saying Crenshaw was making up a story. “Everyone found outside a crack house at 3:30am says they’re there for a friend and not for themselves,” the mailer says, under a banner called “The Truth.”
The mailer is a rehash of a claim the San Diego Union-Tribune thoroughly discredited more than a decade ago when Crenshaw ran unsuccessfully for a council seat. Crenshaw’s opponent at the time, Charles Lewis, sent out a similar mailer. The officer quoted in the mailer, Lawrence Cahill, told the U-T in 2002 that Lewis’ mailer took his comments to San Diego State’s student newspaper about the incident out of context and that he was “very angry” about it.