As a matter of principle I don’t think Democratic consultants — ones who make their bread and butter from the Democratic party and its various committees — should work for Republicans, period.
So I’m not at all happy about the fact that Doug Schoen, of Penn, Schoen & Berland made a tidy sum helping Mike Bloomberg become the next mayor of New York.
DNC Chairman Terry McAuliffe is pulling no punches about his displeasure, especially since Bill Clinton’s Democratic party made Penn & Schoen stars.
But let’s reel back the huffing and puffing a bit, especially from the Green campaign. Green’s campaign ads were done by Trippi, McMahon & Squier. But their noses aren’t exactly clean either. Earlier this year they worked for Republican Steve Soboroff in his losing campaign to become mayor of Los Angeles!
(There is a slight technicality here: Los Angeles municipal elections are officially non-partisan. So technically, you don’t run with a party label. But everyone knew that Tom Bradley was a Democrat and that Dick Riordan was a Republican. And if you wanna get technical about it, Mike Bloomberg actually is a Democrat. Really it’s basically a wash.)
So it’s not so much that Trippi, McMahon & Squier always rep Democrats. It’s more like they just always rep losers. Maybe they should have done better oppo research on themselves before they started giving grief to Doug Schoen?