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Anti-Dyer Video Is Out. What Does Former Police Chief Say?
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By David Taub, Senior Reporter
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December 21, 2019

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An independent expenditure committee formed to defeat Jerry Dyer in his bid for Fresno mayor has launched its first digital ad.


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The video links Dyer to President Donald Trump and questions his command of the Fresno Police Department.
The former Fresno police chief calls the ad “nothing but a cheap political ploy cooked up by pollsters for radicals and extremists to sell.”

Arambulas Give Big to Anti-Dyer Effort

The video was produced on behalf of the Rising Together, No on Dyer for Mayor 2020 committee. According to the group’s website, more ads are in the works.
The committee received nearly $100,000 in donations two weeks ago from prominent Fresno residents Juan and Amy Arambula, the parents of Assemblyman Joaquin Arambula.
Independent expenditure committees are forbidden by law from coordinating with candidates.

Video Links Dyer to Trump

There are various versions of the video — one with a male narrator, one with a female voice and one in Spanish. All tie Dyer to Trump.
“Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer has a close friend in Washington. Can you guess who it is?” the narrator says. “They both detain immigrants. They share the same campaign donors. And, they both defend police misconduct. No matter what.”
The ad depicts an image of disgraced deputy chief Keith Foster, and video of high-profile allegations of Fresno police misconduct, including the 2017 shooting death of Isiah Murrietta-Golding.
The video also features Trump, during his May 2016 Fresno campaign stop, name-dropping Dyer.
A “Vote No on Dyer” message appears at the conclusion, with a notice that no candidate authorized the ad.
“Birds of a feather tend to stick together,” Juan Arambula said of the Dyer-Trump comparison.
“Both of them found Christianity rather late in life after having led a lusty younger life. Both of them share similar views on law and order, and apparently believe that law enforcement was better in the good old days, with one exception: when it applies of themselves,” Arambula said.

Arambulas Send Emails Calling Attention to Ad, Website

The release coincides with a new website and social media posts for the anti-Dyer group.
“As many of you may have heard, I am part of a small group of dedicated activists and community members working to make sure Jerry Dyer DOES NOT become our Mayor,” stated an email from the Arambulas to supporters.
Juan Arambula, a former assemblyman known for his congenial nature, told GV Wire previously that part of the motivation against Dyer involves his son Joaquin, a Fresno Democrat.
After Joaquin Arambula’s arrest on suspicion of child abuse last year, Dyer went on TV to say that the injury to the child was not on the buttocks, but elsewhere.
A jury found Arambula not guilty of willful cruelty to a child last May.

Dyer on Ad: Cheap Political Ploy

Dyer dismissed the ad, saying “the people of Fresno won’t buy it.”
“After serving for the last 40 years as a police officer and the last 18 years as Police Chief, the people of Fresno know who I am,” Dyer told GV Wire via email. “I have worked with Democrats, Republicans and independents to advance our city and keep it safe.  This ad is nothing but a cheap political ploy cooked up by pollsters for radicals and extremists to sell.  This is the same political playbook they use against anyone who doesn’t promote their divisive agenda. The people of Fresno won’t buy it.”
Juan Arambula countered that the ad accurately reflected Dyer.
“I don’t view it as negative. I’m sorry that Jerry does. If you can’t stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen,” Arambula said.
The Dyer campaign is airing radio ads, as well as campaigning via billboards.
Though it is expected that an IE promoting Dyer’s candidacy will be formed, no other groups have filed paperwork.
The other main candidate in the race, Fresno County prosecutor Andrew Janz, did not reply to GV Wire’s request for comment.

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David Taub,
Senior Reporter
Curiosity drives David Taub. The award-winning journalist might be shy, but feels mighty with a recorder in his hand. He doesn't see it his job to "hold public officials accountable," but does see it to provide readers (and voters) the information needed to make intelligent choices. Taub has been honored with several writing awards from the California News Publishers Association. He's just happy to have his stories read. Joining GV Wire in 2016, Taub covers politics, government and elections, mainly in the Fresno/Clovis area. He also writes columns about local eateries (Appetite for Fresno), pro wrestling (Off the Bottom Rope), and media (Media Man). Prior to joining the online news source, Taub worked as a radio producer for KMJ and PowerTalk 96.7 in Fresno. He also worked as an assignment editor for KCOY-TV in Santa Maria, California, and KSEE-TV in Fresno. He has also worked behind the scenes for several sports broadcasts, including the NCAA basketball tournament, and the Super Bowl. When not spending time with his family, Taub loves to officially score Fresno Grizzlies games. Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Taub is a die-hard Giants and 49ers fan. He graduated from the University of Michigan with dual degrees in communications and political science. Go Blue! You can contact David at 559-492-4037 or at Send an Email

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