Joe Rouleau submitted this letter to the Tribune and New Times SLO on March 26, but it hasn’t seen the light of day (yet).
We have the same question, Joe: why is self-proclaimed “independent” Jimmy Paulding paying the chairman of the SLO Progressives – an outgrowth of Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign – to run his campaign?
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What hat is Jimmy Paulding’s campaign manager wearing when he directs a protest that disrupts a SLO County Board of Supervisors meeting, Nick Andre campaign consultant or Nick Andre the chair of the SLO County Progressives?
While the Progressives have a right to march and protest, they do not have the right to interfere with other people’s lawful right of assembly. “Every person who, without authority of law, willfully disturbs or breaks up any assembly or meeting that is not unlawful in its character, is guilty of a misdemeanor,” California Penal Code Section 403.
District 4 candidate Jimmy Paulding, sheriff candidate Greg Clayton and DA candidate Mike Cummins are all paying Andres’ company Kumani to help with their campaigns. In turn, both the Democratic Central Committee and the Progressives have endorsed Paulding, Clayton and Cummins.
When the Progressives and the Democratic Central Committee discussed endorsements, did Andre promote his clients over others? Does Andre direct donations made to the Progressives or the Democratic Central Committee to candidates who in turn use the donations to pay Andre? Either way, Andre’s antics do not pass the smell test.
- 24 May, 2018
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