WWII Veteran Louis Zamperini Blasts Janice Hahn for Misusing WWII POW's Photo and Implying Endorsement

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Craig Huey for Congress is reporting that WWII Veteran and former POW Louis Zamperini warned Janice Hahn verbally and via email not to imply his endorsement or to use his photo, name or likeness in her campaign for the 36th congressional district. Janice Hahn used his photo and name anyway in a last minute campaign mailer designed to fool voters into thinking she had Zamperini's endorsement.

The Hahn campaign has been told repeatedly, both verbally and via email, that Louis Zamperini does not wish to endorse Janice Hahn's campaign for Congress, and does not approve the use of Mr. Zamperini's name or likeness.

Craig Huey for Congress is reporting that a last minute mailer from Los Angeles City Councilwoman Janice Hahn in the campaign for the 36th congressional district has drawn a stinging rebuke from a representative for 93 year old World War II POW Louis Zamperini of Torrance. The mailer used photos from Zamperini's recent book and website and implied an endorsement from Zamperini, in spite of the fact that Hahn had been warned in advance not to use the photos or embroil the WWII hero in her political campaign.

"The Hahn campaign has been told repeatedly, both verbally and via email, that Louis Zamperini does not wish to endorse Janice Hahn's campaign for Congress, and does not approve the use of Mr. Zamperini's name or likeness," said John Naber, Assistant to Mr. Zamperini. "The Hahn campaign did not have permission from Mr. Zamperini for the recent mailing using photos from his book and website."

Hahn had requested an endorsement from Louis Zamperini and was told that he does not endorse political candidates and does not authorize candidates to use his photo in their campaigns.

"This is typical, despicable, Janice Hahn dirty tricks, trying to fool voters at the last minute," said Dave Gilliard, campaign consultant for Craig Huey, Hahn's opponent in the July 12 special election. "She has proven time and time again that she will do anything to advance her political career, whether it is lying about Debra Bowen or taking advantage of a 93 year old WW II POW and American hero."

Mr. Naber is traveling today, but he will be available for a short period of time while changing planes on the East Coast. His voicemail number is (626) 795-7675.

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