by Jim Nintzel
Democrat Joe Flores, who is trying to unseat City Councilwoman Regina Romero in the Ward 1 primary on Aug. 30, isn’t exactly trumpeting his support on his Web site.
His “Supporters” Web page simply says that a list of supporters is “Coming soon!”
The Web page does, however, include a photo of a group of people holding “Joe Flores for Council” signs.
Hai Laventure, who is handling graphics for the Flores campaign, tells The Range that the photo is actually “something I just grabbed from a rally somewhere on the East Coast” and the Flores signs have been Photoshopped onto the signs that that members of the crowd were actually waving.
“It was just so that we had something up there that showed support,” says Laventure. “But it’s nothing malicious or anything. It was just a placeholder on there.”
So why not just take a picture of people who actually support Joe Flores?
“We didn’t have funds,” Laventure says. “It was at the very beginning of the campaign and we didn’t have funds for signs and stuff like that.”
Pima County Democratic Party Chairman Jeff Rogers, who has been speaking out against Flores’ campaign since the party’s executive committee voted to endorse Romero, says the Photoshop job “shows the lack of any real organization and the lack of any substantial support” for Flores.
“You have to search around and find a photo of an Obama rally to find your pretend supporters, and you can’t afford to go out and shoot a photograph?” Rogers asked. “Come on, that’s pretty basic stuff. You can practically do it on a cell phone.”