Paul Gallegos finds new cliff to throw his political career off of

Gallegos switches to a professional management team for his 2014 campaign.

After several famous missteps, our district attorney’s handlers have lit upon one way to keep Paul Gallegos from plaigiarizing: They do all the writing themselves.

It works something like this. First, local gadfly and famously crazy person Elizabeth Conner suggests a “VERY ROUGH OUTLINE, PLEASE EDIT AND REFINE,” and then knocks out a basic thank-you letter to volunteers, supporters and staff:

Although the final election results are not yet known for certain, I want to thank all my campaign volunteers, supporters and staff for their hard work and belief in the concept that everyone is equal before the law and that both the accused and accusers have rights.

Because conceivably there are people out there who don’t believe in these things. Conner gets a little hung up when trying to put into words exactly why people supported Paul:

Most of all, thank you to those who voted for me and expressed your confidence in me and our team [OR A VALUE].

A value like love or puppies or good fashion sense, perhaps.

But let’s not fret over details, because as Richard Salzman notes when he sends the draft to Gallegos:

Remember that this is just the BEFORE, final results letter and that Evenson is going to work with you on a Guest Editorial / My Word, to follow the final results.  But getting this out now will make it easier for me to raise money.

So the county’s most prominent attorney will have someone on hand to help with the big words then as well.

It looks like Team Gags thought of everything. What could possibly go wrong?

Enter Michele Shoshani, Paul’s secretary at the District Attorney’s Office.

Because while this tax-funded county employee was distributing a campaign letter to local media from work, during work hours, using work equipment, in violation of several FPPC regulations, she went ahead and left all the previous drafts attached, from concept to finished product.

You just can’t get good help these days, can you?

Fortunately, Kevin Hoover posted the whole damn thing on the Arcata Eye website.

Hurry on over there and get yourself a laugh.

Photo credit: Whoever’s facebook page we ganked these off of.

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The brain of Pat Wiggins accused of new FPPC violations

Senator MacNeil

I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together, or some such weird shit.

A complaint filed with the Fair Political Practices Commission alleges Senator Pat Wiggins’ chief of staff broke California law by misusing personal information from a legislative database to raise money for her now abandoned re-election campaign.

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports that Sean MacNeil, above left, directed a legislative aide “on numerous occasions to gather personal information on officials across the North Coast using the Legislative Constituent Management System,” information Wiggins subsequently used to invite people to host or attend fundraising events on her behalf.

The mayor and vice mayor of Napa were among those concerned that their personal information may have been misused when Wiggins called “out of the blue” asking them to support her campaign.

Both, by the way, declined.

These are not the first allegations of impropriety to be lodged against MacNeil, who is credited by insiders with keeping Wiggins’ legislative agenda on track despite her worsening signs of dementia.

According to the Press Democrat, in 2002 MacNeil signed the name “Sean Wiggins” to the senator’s statement of economic interest. When  he was caught and asked to resubmit the document with Wiggins’ signature, he forged her name and turned it in again.

FPPC attorneys concluded at the time, “Unfortunately, he did not appreciate the seriousness of his actions, and instead of rectifying his mistake at that time, he repeated it.”

The aide who blew the whistle this time around was Dave Kinst, a self-described “definition of a disgruntled employee,” who said that didn’t make his accusations less true.

Still,  let’s wait to see how the FPPC responds. This whole thing could be–as they say–bullshit.

Photo burgled from here.