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Monday, December 07, 2009

Shallman was for Krekorian Before he was Against Him

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.

Subject: CD2

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.

Be well,


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.

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

So Michael how much is Krekorian paying you to keep Mayorsam Krekorian Central for the next 48 hours. It's really showing your bias and creating a view of you as nothing more then a Front for Paul. He can't afford to run a decent campaign so he has resulted to paying you to hi-Jack this blog. There are other blogs dedicated to all CD2 info. Can we move on now?

December 07, 2009 8:13 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You're really full of shit because all the other local blogs are all over CD2 as well. And you know whenever there is an election that's the biggest story on MS spinner.

December 07, 2009 8:17 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Besides, this is newer news and quite timely. Tells me me more about the character and ethics of Essel (which is not good, not good at all).

December 07, 2009 8:23 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Wow Shallman is truly a hired gun!

December 07, 2009 8:29 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Actually, he comes off pretty nice. This is what he does for a living, why wouldn't he work for another candidate?

The fact is, he was going to work for Bob Hertzberg for City Attorney. Bob chose not to run. Should he have NOT worked for Nuch?

This is silly. Sounds pretty personal Higby. Shallman's not on the ballot.

December 07, 2009 8:45 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What a pimp this guy is.

December 07, 2009 9:26 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Sorry, but releasing a private communication like that is pretty tacky.

December 07, 2009 9:29 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Facebook is not private. It is called Social Networking.

December 07, 2009 9:30 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

So John:

If Krekorian is so evil why were you kissing his ass to get a chance to run his campaign?

December 07, 2009 9:52 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Never know Shallman was that ugly.

December 07, 2009 9:55 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

No good comes to those who cross John Shallman. The GREATEST political mind in Los Angeles.

Go ask Nick the Greek.

December 07, 2009 9:57 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The word in City Hall is about a yelling match last night between Wendy and Shallman.

Shallman was yelling at Wendy for not raising enough money to help Essel's campaign.

Wendy's staff have been telling every one about it all morning.

Shallman is losing it.

December 07, 2009 10:03 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Damn it, get Shallman his meds again. He is up again and blogging.

Is Dr. Phil available this afternoon?

December 07, 2009 10:04 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hacopian back in his bunker with EVIL grin.

December 07, 2009 10:08 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Funny shit.

You nailed him good Higby.

December 07, 2009 10:14 AM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

Wait a minute! Essel has outraised Paul 3 to 1.

How is that not enough?

How is that Wendy's problem?

December 07, 2009 10:27 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Shallman is apparently calling the City Council members who have endorsed Essel with the same frantic demands to help with last minute money.

Janice Hahn is making calls from Afriat's office in Burbank right now.

December 07, 2009 10:36 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Shallman is an OK consultant but he does lose races:

Arabo, AD 78. Shallman's candidate spent $480,000 and got 15% of the vote. Block spent $306 and got 36% and Sherard spent NOTHING and got 35%.

Stuart Waldman -- Stu spent $535,000 and was obliterated (53% to 21%) By Bob Blumenfield who spent $482,000

Barry Groveman AD 41 - spent and astonsihing $1.1 million to lose 35% to 27% to Julia Brownley who spent $519,000.

Adeena Bleich - LA CD5, spent the limit and finished a weak 3rd behind Koretz and Vahedi.

Look at the expenses in say the Groveman race if you want to see how Shallman makes so much money.

December 07, 2009 10:37 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:



December 07, 2009 10:54 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

love it

"I always liked and admired you"

Wonder what the empty vessel would have to say about that.

Consultants are a bunch of whores.

December 07, 2009 10:57 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

According to CD2 staffers Tom Berman has been fired.

Burnside is going to be running the GOTV operations tommorow.

December 07, 2009 11:00 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Check out city ethics. Essel owes a whole bunch of money to Shallman.

It is listed on the expenses section.

She is broke and will likely be putting in her own money to pay off all her debts.

Shallman is afraid if they lose he will get stiffed.

December 07, 2009 11:06 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What a two faced scum bag.

December 07, 2009 11:23 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Tom Berman wasn't fired. Burnside was always Essel's field consultant. Berman is still running the show.

December 07, 2009 11:38 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Not true, Berman has told CD2 staffers he has been let go.

December 07, 2009 11:54 AM  

Anonymous Nina Royal said:

It good that PK didn't take him up on his offer because I think Shallman is a sleaz bag. But, I am sure PK would never have approved of those disgusting mailers and they would have probably parted ways.

Shame on Essel for allowing them. she should have sanctioned him and apologized if she didn't approve of them before being released. But, that doesn't seem like a possibility because they were released at different times. She should have had confidence in her own qualifications and not resort to such underhand tactics. People like me are turned off by such antics!

I will be watching the upcoming races closely and I won't vote for anyone who pulls those stunts. It has to stop because it is setting a very bad example for everyone.

December 07, 2009 11:57 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I don't see the point.

So what if he sent a nice to to Krekorian? That was way before he would have done any opposition research to find out how bad a guy Paul really is.

The fact that he was interested in speaking with all the candidates running for Wendy's seat, the seat he won last time against Cardenas, shouldn't surprise anyone.

Doesn't make him for Krekorian, just makes him out to be a guy doing his due diligence to get behind the right candidate.

Actually, the fact that he was interested in the candidate with the least funding undermines the point that he's only looking for the highest paycheck.

December 07, 2009 12:00 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Tom has not been fired, he is a political superstar and a total fox.

December 07, 2009 12:00 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


People don't get fired on the day before the election. You've just undermined every negative comment on this blog. If you want to help Paul, stick to the truth or make charges that can't be so easily disproved.

December 07, 2009 12:02 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Not only is Berman still Essel's guy, but he is an authentic a valley guy raised in Sherman Oaks and is working hard to defend CD2 from Krekorian's hateful campaign run out of Burbank. Shame on the Krekorian-tards for making up this rumor.

December 07, 2009 12:08 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Tom berman is definitely still with the Essel campaign. Burnside's been signed on all along for GOTV. Tom's done amazing work on the campaign and will be celebrating victory tomorrow night.

December 07, 2009 12:14 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I've worked with Tom Berman on elections in the past. He has not been fired - Team Essel is lucky to have him!

December 07, 2009 12:18 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The Essel people have proof that the this "supposed" Facebook message was facked.

Paul made it all up after Shallman refused to be the consultant for his campaign.

Shallman refused to sign him after he made sexist comments about Chris Essel.

December 07, 2009 12:46 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

12:46, your desperate comment accusing someone like Paul of sexism in this post and over and over with the puppet for IBEW mailer is pure Shallman - Essel tried to milk it on KPCC/ Larry Mantle again today, and it fell flat as the gimmick it is.


December 07, 2009 1:00 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

12:46 -C'mon get a life...prove it. Well, you can't. Paul Krekorian has never made a sexist remark about Essel or anybody. He's a gentleman which obviously you and Shallman are not. So crawl back into your hole with Essel and start licking your wounds over defeat.

December 07, 2009 1:03 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Berman is a hardworking guy – a man for the people. Added bonus…he’s smokin’ hot!

December 07, 2009 1:26 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hmmm, let me get this straight. If you don't hire Shallman, your opponent will raise more money, get more support from labor and law enforcement, and you will be politically disembowled (like William Wallace at the end of Braveheart) by a relentless mail campaign that (fairly or unfairly) defines you as an untrustworthy and corrupt. One might think about hiring him next time.

December 07, 2009 8:05 PM  

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