Message from Filner consultant apparently sent to Fletcher donor list
Yesterday, an email was sent from political consultant Tom Shepard with the subject, “Our city needs Nathan Fletcher.”
Darn email service again, delivering two-months-old messages stuck on a server somewhere. I hate when that happens.
But, various others also received the email last night, with a handful forwarding it to Rostra.
A harder look showed the original email touting Fletcher was indeed sent yesterday, August 2 from “Tom Shepard, Chief Strategist” using email@example.com. The same Shepard who consulted Fletcher leading up to the June mayoral primary, then made headlines starting two nights ago by breaking any supposed ties he had with local Republicans by going to work for Democrat Bob Filner in the runoff.
On closer inspection, the email was meant to target those having supported Fletcher in the primary, with an ultimately pro-Filner message (see the full email below). No doubt, the “Our city needs Nathan Fletcher” subject header was purposeful, as it would no doubt get Fletcher backers to read the content. Smart? Maybe.
But, whose list did the email target, exactly? Filner’s? Fletcher’s? Does Shepard still have access to Fletcher’s list, using it to benefit his new client? Does that kind of thing happen in politics?
Maybe, on the last question, but it’s usually difficult to prove.
The answer in this case is simple. The message was sent using an email service, with options for recipients to unsubscribe or update subscription preferences. Shazam, look where clicking on one of those takes you:
Answer to the Daily Double: It takes you to a Bob Filner for Mayor list manager with the heading, “fletcher donors.”
I’ll leave it to others to jump in and say whether Fletcher’s donor list is proprietary or not, as well as any other related ethical or legal ramifications. Maybe this is all okay.
Of course, if Fletcher allowed the Filner campaign to have the list, who knows? Maybe that’s okay too.
What again was that discussion of a job offer to Fletcher in a Filner administration?
Here’s the email…
From: “Tom Shepard, Chief Strategist” <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, Aug 2, 2012 6:05 pm
Subject: Our city needs Nathan Fletcher
To: (Left blank)
Democratic Rep. Bob Filner says that if he’s elected as San Diego’s next mayor he’ll offer a high-profile job in his administration — head of major civic projects — to independent Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2012/jul/30/filner-offers-high-profile-job-fletcher/Bob also made two major policy announcements, expressing his commitment to expand the Convention Center and to secure its approval by the Coastal Commission, and pledging to implement the provisions of the pension reform initiative, Prop B, approved by voters in June.
Here are those stories:
[Filner] said he’s the only candidate that can get labor to agree to one of the most controversial pieces of Proposition B — a five-year freeze on the pensionable pay of current city workers — and avoid a protracted legal battle over it. He also said the Coastal Commission will never approve the convention center expansion as long as unions remain opposed to the plan and he can bridge the divide to get labor on board. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2012/jul/29/race-for-sd-mayor-a-campaign-of-opposites/
Yesterday, Bob announced I will be running his mayoral campaign. Now I’m asking you to take a fresh look at Bob Filner and consider joining me in support of his candidacy. I believe Bob offers the best hope for realizing Nathan’s vision and spirit that inspired us during the primary campaign.
For more information on the campaign or if you would like to contribute, please visit the website at www.bobfilnerformayor.com.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact the campaign at (619) 231-6200 or email@example.com.
Here too is the email in a list manager browser window: