Shoplifting conviction hurts Mary Hayashi’s Senate campaign

If politics is about appearances, let’s just say that the police mug shot of Mary Hayashi — a convicted shoplifter and state Senate candidate — is not a good look. Her hair is stringy. Her face is blotchy. Her jaw looks clenched.

It’s perfect fodder, however, for her prime opponent and fellow Democrat, Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski, who has launched a ubiquitous “Mug Shot Mary” attack campaign featuring the unflattering image with online banner ads proclaiming “Mary Hayashi is a Criminal” and “Character Matters.”

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