Thursday, January 05, 2006

CD50 Update

As reported on several blogs (including this one!) and confirmed in today's TargetBook HotSheet,

a)Issa is going to bat for Bilbray, offering his endorsement to the markedly-less former Congressman, who wavered all over the place over even whether to impeach Bill Clinton.

b)Bilbray is ditching Duane Dichiara and Coronado Communications for Dave Gilliard and Co.

What isn't reported is the connecting tissues, and while I don't have confirmation of this, it only makes sense...

Two words: Phil Paule.

Paule is a regular partner with Gilliard and is District Director to Issa. My question is, why is Paule going to bat for Bilbray?

Phil's the kind of guy notorious for only looking out for himself, so I have to wonder what his stake in this whole thing is, as I fail to believe he either a)thinks Bilbray is the best man for the job, or b)doesn't have a direct stake in it.

Is it a beef with Kaloogian, Morrow, Uke, etc? Or that matter with Sal Russo, Joe Justin, or Jim Nygren? Is he just getting a big fat kickback from GBWA?

Any insights here? As this certainly changes the dynamics of this race considerably.


At 1/05/2006 10:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, Phil Paule did predict on this site a few weeks ago that Bilbray would win that seat...maybe he has signed on to help make his own prediction come true!

At 1/06/2006 8:20 PM, Anonymous nelly said...

Must be the money.

At 1/06/2006 11:31 PM, Anonymous Not a Coincidence said...

Paule does nothing but promote his candidates and cronies on his postings on the FlashReport. Just another self-proclaimed conservative who really is just about lining his pockets.

At 1/07/2006 11:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The kickback goes to his wife through more "consulting" gig that she is not qualified for.

At 3/07/2006 2:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Paule is angeling to be bilbrays cos. paule is a second class hack who without issa or gillaird be living on the streets.


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