Campaign Potholder Offends Some Voters

SACRAMENTO-

A campaign potholder sent from State Assembly candidate Darrell Fong has landed him in a little bit of hot water with some Sacramento voters.

The potholders were sent out by Fong and his wife, Joy, this week.

Buzzini got one of the potholders Wednesday at the home she shares with her husband and her sister. The envelope was only addressed to the women of the household.

“I think if it had been a refrigerator magnet and the letter had been addressed to both my husband and I, like we got from other candidates, I would have felt differently,” Buzzini said. She told FOX40 she feels the gesture was “absolutely” sexist.

Fong maintains that the potholders were not meant to be offensive.

“Not meant to be demeaning to anybody. I use them when I’m at home so I don’t burn myself,” he said. Fong added that he can’t please everyone.

The accompanying letter warns against “Dark Money,” or campaign funds that aren’t properly disclosed to the public.

Possible sensitivity missteps aside, Fong’s campaign has filed a Fair Political Practices Commission complaint against his District 9 opponent Jim Cooper over campaign contributions that were allegedly improperly disclosed.