It hasn't been the best week of press for Rob Cornilles, the Republican nominee in next month's special election in Oregon's 1st District.
On Tuesday the Portland Oregonian dug into the details of some hiccups Cornilles's sports marketing company has experienced, including a federal tax lien and legal questions he faced about the company's business model. On Wednesday, the Willamette Week published a story that quoted industry figures casting doubt on some of the claims he's made over the prominence of his business.
Cornilles hit back on Wednesday in a letter to supporters, calling out the Democratic nominee, former state Sen. Suzanne Bonamici, citing a report on a conservative blog that suggesting that a Bonamici consultant was calling Cornilles's employees.
"One of my opponent's tactics has been to call my current Game Face employees at work, pretending to be somebody they aren't, then dig for something they can feed to the Portland media. Their objective, seemingly, is to call into question why my business is leaner today than in the past. This would seem obvious, but let me explain because it further underscores that my opponent is totally oblivious to how the private sector really works," he wrote.
"Oregon voters just can't trust Rob Cornilles," said Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spokeswoman Jennifer Crider. "Two independent media reports this week reveal that Rob Cornilles is dishonest about his business record from exaggerated and ever changing job creation claims to failing to pay taxes."
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has reserved over $1 million on cable and broadcast television through the end of January, signaling that they are taking no chances in the Democratic-leaning district. The election will take place on Jan. 31.
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