Greuel, Garcetti denounce attack ads, vie for last-minute votes
LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- During the last few days before the run-off election for Los Angeles mayor, Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti are trying to get out their message to the voters, while dealing with attack ads.
The ads are produced by outside groups, not the campaigns, and they are aimed at Latino voters. Both sides say they don't like them.
"Eight weeks of attacks that questioned my character made up lies and I won't tolerate that, whether it's coming from her camp, or from mine," said Garcetti.
Garcetti got the endorsement of past and present city council members at a news conference Friday, where several Greuel supporters showed up with signs to criticize the ads.
One ad tries to link former Gov. Pete Wilson to Greuel. The ad also says Greuel was a republican for 13 years before she switched to the Democratic Party.
Another ad attacks Garcetti saying he wears a Latino mask, and that he displaced Latino families while revitalizing Hollywood. That ad is produced by Dr. Feliciano Serrano from Huntington Park. He attended Garcetti's news conference Friday.
"I want to take down the ad, I want to be civil, and it's not happening," he said.
Greuel made a stop in Garcetti's home turf Friday, in front of a run-down property.
"He's taken credit for the Hollywood transformation, but today, I want to talk about the true Hollywood story," she said.
Greuel says the property is owned by developer Juri Ripinsky, who was sentenced to prison in 1994 for bank fraud. He's a Garcetti supporter and the Greuel campaign has its own attack ad about that.
"Today Eric refuses to return the money he took from Juri. To me it is shameful," she said.
Both sides are getting ready for some busy days. They plan get out the vote events this weekend to get people motivated to go to the polls on Tuesday.
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