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Election Eve Exclusive: Democratic Party Campaign Disunity Nayeli Greyfeather Tanya Sun, Democratic Candidate for the West [image reproduced from social media] "Honestly that teenager (Riley King) is more in touch with the needs of Los Santos than either Charles Galloway or Oswald Halford could ever hope to be. It's a bit of an indictment on them." Tanya Sun is unhappy. When asked about the allegation that Chloe Collins called veterans murderers in early September (later apologizing), Tanya grows visibly angry, "I share veterans outrage, honestly. Most followed orders, because that is how they were trained and they serve our country the best they can. They deserved better than that disrespect." "If she (Collins) was in the West," Tanya says of her own campaign, "She would have been stood down. I can say that with certainty. But the Party has acted rationally in giving her an opportunity to demonstrate the sincerity of her apology. It isn't the route I would have taken, but I respect it." Tanya is one of two high level Democrat figures to come forward exclusively to LSNN and discuss their concerns about the way in which the Democratic campaign has been prosecuted by the Party Chairman, Charles Galloway. The other, who asked to speak on condition of anonymity, claims: "The Democratic Party has taken an aggressive approach in its campaigning. But many of us feel that rather than attacking, cooperation is a better way. Many of us want to work together, but all the candidates run their own individual campaigns. And while there's also the Party campaign, the individual campaigns have different approaches." "I can verify that the sentiment expressed (above) is widely the consensus of the party both inside largely, and outside of the Executive." Tanya confirms. Although there are numerous campaign missteps (see more below), the most recent surrounds a Democratic Party campaign advertisement that broadcast up until the Republicans, on advice from their legal consultant Malikeh Saleh, issued a cease and desist letter demanding the advertisement be discontinued and threatening legal action. The "slanderous" Democratic Party advertisement "I think that the Republican Party's position on LGBTI rights here in Los Santos is, seemingly, progressive and very much out of step with the pattern of conservative opposition to LGBTI issues, like marriage equality. I note (that Republican Party Chairman) Oswald Halford's views on marriage equality aren't the official views of his party. That doesn't change the fact that nationwide, anti-LGBTI advocates are almost exclusively Republicans." Tanya, a bi-sexual woman living in a heterosexual relationship, says. As for her thoughts on the advertisement, Tanya is unflinching, "I think it was badly drafted, to be honest. I think whoever was meant to audit (advertising) fell asleep at the wheel." Seemingly further compounding the advertising misstep, yesterday Mr. Galloway released an official party statement attempting to defend the advertisement, while also criticizing Ms. Saleh for offering her legal consultancy services to the Democrats prior to contracting with the GOP. Notably, Mr. Galloway's release claimed that, "our legal team suspects that her act was underhanded." Numerous commenters reacted to defend or reach out to Ms. Saleh, including George Valencia, the Democratic Candidate for the Eastern District: We must remember that at the end of the day, our duty is to the people of Los Santos, and this drama will solve nothing, and will instead create further conflict between our parties, which will ultimately hurt not only our city’s progress, but also the people within it. Miss Saleh, you seem quite the intelligent, and capable lawyer. Los Santos remains to be one of the grandest of cities in our nation because they are filled with incredible people like you. I truly hope that you and our party can remain on good terms. "(Mr. Galloway's) press release made a bigger issue out of this than it needed to be," Tanya asserts. "It took the focus away from the District Representatives, their campaigns and local initiatives. It was grand-standing, plain and simple." But it's when the discussion turns to how allegations that Mr. Richard Orosco, the Democratic Central District Candidate, assaulted his ex partner were handled that Tanya becomes most animated. Her first criticism is levelled squarely at the media. "Honestly, this story should probably not have broken the way it did and - I hope you don't mind my being critical if your network for that. I feel the fact that this has broken outside the context of a legal hearing or police charges has put both (Mr. Orosco and Ms. Pierce's) reputations at risk...if it ever goes before a jury, who could empanel an impartial jury now, you know? Orosco is innocent until proven guilty and if the courts can't establish guilt, where is the justice for Ms. Pierce? I get that wasn't the intention of (LSNN) but it's a consequence." In regards to the Official Party Statement released by Mr. Galloway - which included Mr. Orosco's personal declaration on the matter - Tanya is equally critical: "We should have let Orosco make his own statement. We should have been more empathetic to Ms. Pierce...(and) say what you will about Democrats making some really bad choices, the Republicans tried to capitalize, and I will openly call them out for it. But I believe that (Mr. Orosco's personal statement) shouldn't have been released alongside the official Party line. That's just wrong on so many levels." "Without a doubt, the Democratic leadership bears responsibility for releasing a statement that enabled a historically regressive party on women's issues to look progressive. To parrot liberal positions against us? Yeah. It's a joke. A really bad one." "It was a spectacularly bad call (for Mr, Galloway to release the Party Statement). I'm (also) fine with that on the record, because frankly; it's bulls*t. Pardon my language." Tanya looks tired, exasperated, as she shakes her head. We wrap up our discussion shortly after. As she is leaving she discusses what the immediate future means for her: "I wanted to campaign on District issues, not be the token woman. My focus will be on District issues from here on out. I just hope Galloway and Halford put all the recent controversies aside and let the District races run on their own issues for...at least a day more?" "I understand that the Mayoral race is coming up, but if these press releases are a taste of what's to come? I can't say I'm looking forward to that style of politics." ***UPDATED*** Statement by Mr. Galloway is below: "As Chairman of the most important political party, I am not expecting that every single collaborator of the Democratic Party aligns with leadership's vision. I would like to clarify that decisions do not follow my personal preference but they are continuously discussed in the leadership board formed by Chairman, Vice Chairman, Department's Heads, Legal Team, specific counselors (based on the matter) and so on. I am not afraid to be hated or to protect my district representative candidates like I always did during this campaign election. I fully understand my position and I am ready to take my own responsibilities. In a such wide party you may find people sitting in different positions on various matters, but we do what's the best for the party, protecting our collaborators. I sincerely respect Ms. Sun's opinion and along others, these concerns have been taken into account and will be discussed in upcoming party meeting. However, I am perfectly fine with Sun's statement and I respect her as a strong woman and one of the most active district representative candidate in the entire city. Tanya Sun has been offered her current role by me and the leadership, exactly like all the remaining candidates, collaborators, employees, service providers. I am sure she is grateful for the opportunity given by the Democratic Party and the possibility to represent her community. I have often shielded my candidates, making my steps in the background. I have hid my name to let DEM's district representative candidates to shine on Los Santos without my shadow, supporting them from behind the curtain. Again, I am aware of my position and I am aware that my name receives slandering time to time in order to protect the party, but I would do anything for my political family and for the people of Los Santos." VISIT OUR WEBSITE - CLICK HERE '''