Gloves Are Off in Yolo – Recent Ads Attack Both Candidates

by Robert J. Hansen

UC Davis student Eric Pape committed suicide in 2018 after the Yolo County District Attorney’s office charged multiple serious felony charges stemming from an incident that occurred when he was having a panic attack while receiving treatment in a hospital.

“The DA’s office should have realized that this was a mental health case and should never have charged my son. I believe that the stress of his felony trial contributed to his eventual suicide,” Patti Pape, Eric’s mother said.

Pape tells voters that DA Jeff Reisig’s office should have recognized Eric needed help rather than charge him with felony battery in an ad paid for by Citizens for a Progressives West Sacramento.

“Yolo’s justice system is broken,” Pape says in the ad. “It’s time for change.”

This comes after Reisig came out with ads attempting to paint Cynthia Rodriguez, Reisig’s challenger in this year’s election, as someone who will be soft on crime.

One ad asserts Cynthia Rodriguez is getting thousands of dollars in campaign funding “connected to convicted sex offenders and child rapists,” seeking a soft on crime Distrct Attorney.

The ad is referring to Sanjay Dev and Brett Pedroia whose names are listed as having donated to the Rodriguez campaign.

Pedroia said his family are the political donors and he manages the estate which is why his name is on the campaign finance documents.

Pedroia had no other comment.

The other reference is Sanjay Dev, the brother of Ajay Dev who was convicted to 378 years in prison for having a sexual assault and rape of his adopted daughter.

Dev said that the ad from Reisig’s campaign was a direct attack on his brother’s conviction.

“We’re fighting for his innocence as we speak,” Dev said. “I know before an election he wants to bring this up to score points or something, but that’s low.”

Dev wants his brother to be released on his own merit and it is no longer up to the Yolo DA’s office.

“I don’t know if she even knows about his case,” said Dev. “She never brought it up once.”

Sanjay Dev said his brother has court at the end of April and it is no longer up to the Yolo DA.

About The Author

Robert J Hansen is an investigative journalist and economist. Robert is covering the Yolo County DA's race for the Vanguard.

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  1. Ron Glick

    “Pedroia said his family are the political donors and he manages the estate which is why his name is on the campaign finance documents.”

    That is a thin veil.

    1. David Greenwald

      That said, why is he precluded from donating to a candidate for DA? And how does Cynthia taking a donation from him or the Dev family have much relevance to anything in the race?

      1. Keith Olson

        Donations are always evaluated in almost all races for any office.  I don’t think anyone is precluding the donations, just analyzing them as they’re entitled to do so.  Often times where a candidate gets their donations from says a lot about a candidate’s stance on issues.  Do you not agree?

      2. Ron Glick

        From Washington Monthly:

        “This story may or may not be true, but legend has it that during one of Lyndon Johnson’s congressional campaigns he decided to spread a rumor that his opponent was a pig-f-er. LBJ’s campaign manager said, ‘Lyndon, you know he doesn’t do that!’ Johnson replied, ‘I know. I just want to make him deny it.’”

        You can try to address Reisig’s ad intellectually but your efforts will fail.

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