When the recall drive failed in November, the stream of Adams mailers dried up. He has sent no mail in 2010 and has announced that he will not seek reelection.
There are some restrictions on the mass mailers. Lawmakers cannot feature pictures of themselves, and their names can be used a limited number of times per mailer. But references to legislation, upcoming district events and requests for constituent feedback are permitted.
Campaign themes sometimes appear anyway. One mailer that Anderson of San Diego sent last fall referred to legislation he said was inspired by reports that his opponent, Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone, had lent his county-owned car to his sister. The legislation, which Anderson introduced, would not allow such use of an official car.
The mailer did not mention Stone by name, but it broadcast this message: "Local politicians are using public money as personal slush funds" and featured an image of $100 bills stuffed into a suit jacket.