Eric Hammer has found himself with some explaining to do as the 5th District supervisor race winds up.
On an application to the County of Santa Cruz Treasury Oversight Commission from 2011, current Fifth District Supervisor candidate Eric Hammer listed a Bachelor’s of Science degree from San Francisco State in 2000 as one of his credentials, in addition to an Associate’s from Cabrillo College.
The only problem? He doesn’t have a Bachelor’s of Science degree from San Francisco State. The same untruth was also listed on his construction company’s website, under the heading, “About Eric.”
When queried by Lompico resident Paula Gee recently about the matter, Hammer played dumb: “I have been very clear that I have the credits and I did attend SFSU, but have yet to receive a diploma,” he wrote. “I have not stated anywhere that I have a Bachelor’s degree.”
But, of course, he had. Hammer’s construction company website was suddenly taken down for “maintenance.” As of press time, the site is still down.
Clearly, the stonewalling had begun. Unfortunately for the Hammer campaign, County Treasurer Fred Keeley, a key supporter of Hammer’s opponent Bruce McPherson in this campaign, wasn’t having it. Between this and the recent controversy over whether Hammer knew a supporter who vandalized McPherson’s signs, Keeley sees a pattern of lying.
“It’s not quite like saying, ‘I was co-captain of the JV soccer team in 6th grade.’ This is a substantial issue…That’s a pattern of resorting to lying as your first response,” says Keeley. “I don’t know a voter who, if the call is relatively close, if they knew a candidate whose first reaction on fundamental issues is to lie, that they would then say, ‘Gee, all other things being equal, I’ll go with the liar.”