LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A new campaign mailer from the L.A. Area Chamber of Commerce in support of L.A. Councilman Bernard Parks has many scratching their heads at the number of dead people lending their names for endorsement.

Parks and challenger Forescee Hogan-Rowles are involved in a fierce campaign for Council District 8, which includes USC, Exposition Park, Leimert Park, Baldwin Hills and Crenshaw.

The mailer lists supporters like “Honorary Co-Chair Ethel Bradley, the widow of former Mayor Tom Bradley, who died in 2008, according to the LA Weekly. But she isn’t Parks’ sole dead supporter.

The mailer also includes: Rep. Juanita Millender-McDonald (died in 2007), Ray Charles (died in 2004), TV producer Aaron Spelling (died in 2006) and civil rights activist Ida B. Kinney (died in 2009).

According to the mailer, Parks does have living people endorsing him, too, like Laker legend Earvin “Magic” Johnson, whose name is embarrassingly misspelled as “Ervin.”

PR flack from Englander, Knabe and Allen Ruben Gonzalez later took the blame for the error-ridden mailer, the LA Weekly reported. Gonzalez told the Weekly that the mailer included an outdated list of endorsements from an earlier campaign.

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Comments (6)
  1. andrew eszenszky says:

    No comment is required.

  2. Lynwood Sibley says:

    the Parks family is a honest family –I workee with Bobby and Felica at Contimental Airlines and found them as good people Parks has a campaign manager and he determines the script and the dead if alive would have
    said the same thing today ==but the news media has always not been
    honest to Chief Parks (past) and the rots havent changed as he has never been
    part of the in croud= thank God


    1. Kris says:

      Would you be the one who typed all the names on the endorsments? Your spelling is just as bad as the misspelled names.

  3. Cheat 2 Win says:

    Ya got to do whatever it take to win. Even if you count Dead people. When you’re in USC’s district, you might as well pay the players.

    Don’t hate the Playerz, hate the Game..

  4. Tyrone says:

    He forgot Martin Luther King Jr, Coretta Scott King,Marvin Gaye,Redd, Foxx,Sammy Davis Jr ,Booker T Washington, Adolf Hitler, John Gotti,and Tony Montana The list goes on……He’s a career politician what do you expect this old jive turkey ain’t giving up that easy you go brougham!!!!

  5. Mason says:

    They not only endorsed they’ll doubtless vote as well.

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