Chris Essel's campaign consultant may have been a consultant scorned. Before any of the CD2 nuttiness started Shallman sent a message to Paul Krekorian - before Krekorian even announced (though we had scooped the competition and broke the story well before this) - seeking employment with Team Paul. In the message Shallman said.
I understand you are interested in running. We should talk. I'm in the middle of running Trutanich for City Attorney right now but I'm getting calls from various candidates. I've always liked and admired you and wanted to see what you decided. If you're in and have a consultant already, don't sweat it.
Oh well. John was better off, Chris Essel had the connections to pay him more. And Paul was already set with one of LA's best and most ethical consultants, Eric Hacopian.