Kuenzi, Kristjansson Victims of Apparent Smear Campaign

Menifee City Council members Darcy Kuenzi and Sue Kristjansson Monday denied allegations against the...

Menifee City Council members Darcy Kuenzi and Sue Kristjansson Monday denied allegations against them made in unsigned fliers being left on the doorsteps of residents throughout Menifee.

The fliers do not voice support of any opponent in the Nov. 6 city election but clearly are intended to turn the public against Kuenzi, who is running for mayor, and Kristjansson, who is running for re-election as a council member in District 1.

The flier concerning Kuenzi includes a photo of her with her head and hands locked in a pillory -- a wooden frame in which prisoners were locked and subjected to public ridicule centuries ago. The photo is accompanied by the headline "We think this is where she belongs, not mayor of the city of Menifee."

Kuenzi said the photo was taken from her website and pictured a "get out of jail" fundraising stunt at a Mayor's Ball. She said all the accusations listed on the flier are false, offensive and would be a violation of the candidates' ethics pledge if they are proven to have come from another candidate.

"It's unfortunate that this behavior is happening in Menifee," Kuenzi said after seeing the flier for the first time Monday. "I have faith and confidence that Menifee voters will see the truth and know that these false statements are made as an attack against my integrity. I have and will continue to stay focused on my campaign and doing what is best for the people of Menifee."

Kuenzi said she has heard for at least two weeks that the fliers were being circulated. She said members of her calling committee were told by residents that they had received them, and that most had thrown them away. She also said that Bill Zimmerman, candidate for a council seat in District 3, had been told about them when knocking on the door of residents in the city.

"I don't have proof of who did this," Kuenzi said, "but if it turns out there is enough evidence about unfair campaign practices, I could consider filing a complaint (with the California Fair Political Practices Commission)," she said.

"This is not right. If someone wants to criticize me for my record, that's one thing, but to spread outright lies like this is not right."

Among the allegations against Kuenzi was a charge that she cost taxpayers approximately $10,000 by pulling copies of council member Wallace Edgerton's and former council member Scott Mann's city emails. Kuenzi said she did make an informational request for Edgerton's emails over a three-month period, but the cost was only $400 and she paid it herself.

In the fliers concerning both Kuenzi and Kristjansson, they were accused of approving low income housing and homeless shelters to be b