Memo to politicos and associates of, "life's skeletons" do rattle in the vastness of the cybersphere.
With the upcoming race to replace Janice Hahn in CD 15 taking shape, any past questionable conduct by the likes of the big three candidates Pat McOsker, Assemblyman Warren Furutani and former CD 15 Councilman Rudy Svorinich, will become fair game for the opposition consultants.
But what happens if the consultant himself becomes the issue? Meet Tom Shortridge.
It seems that during the 2004 Presidential Elections, "A concern Republican" felt that Shortridge's "pleading no contest to charges that he knowingly took semi-nude photographs of two under-aged girls" in 2001, would discredit the Republican Party if Shortridge was associated with its efforts to re-elect President George W. Bush.
The documents which include arrest documents, along with victim statements, show how close Shortridge came to being the "first campaign consultant listed on the Megan Law webpage". But with the help of noted Attorney Tony Capozzola, Shortridge was able to dodge felony convictions and a life as an "register sex offender".
We should note that Shortridge has had no other issues with teenage girls since his 2001 arrest and has enjoyed the loyalty of his employer Svorinich, but Shortridge as an consultant should take note how easy it was for an citizen blogger/journalist to find this past "lapse of character". Imagine what skeletons the likes of John Shallman and Parke Skelton can find rattling in the vastness of the cybersphere.
Scott Johnson in CD 14
Labels: CD 15 Special election, Rudy Svorinich, Tom Shortridge