If the Cusumanos didn’t make a similar donation to all of the council candidates then this was indeed a pretty silly and transparent campaign stunt on their part. Imagine Rogers falling for it then.
Either that, or he was one of the ones behind it. So is Rogers just dumb and hasty, or positively sneaky?
Here’s Gordon’s statement:
“On February 14, 2017 an unsolicited online contribution in the amount of $400.00 was made via PayPal by Michael Cusumano to my campaign. My campaign’s PayPal account requires the account holder to individually transfer any contributions received online to the campaign’s bank account in order to access and utilize the contributed funds. Since I was aware of one or more Cusumano development projects in the pipeline for discretionary review by the City Council I decided not to transfer any of this contribution to my campaign bank account and have not done so. Further, to avoid even the appearance of any conflict of interest related this campaign contribution, I decided to return the entire contribution to Mr. Cusumano and am in the process of doing so.
However, candidates are required to declare by report contributions and expenditures received and incurred during various periods of the election cycle. Since the contribution was received during the most recent reporting period, February 12 through February 22, it was necessary to report receipt of this contribution regardless of the funds’ ultimate disposition. Once this contribution is returned to Mr. Cusumano it will be reported as being refunded in the appropriate form.
Unfortunately, certain members of the community, including Vice Mayor Will Rogers and Council Candidate Sharon Springer, have pounced upon the reporting out of this entirely legal contribution by Mr. Cusumano with an aggressive smear campaign suggesting that somehow my integrity and commitment to protect Burbank residents and their neighborhoods has been compromised by this contribution.
I do not ascribe any particular motives behind Mr. Cusumano’s contribution and trust he will fully understand my reasoning for not accepting it. At the same time, I want to assure all my supporters that I will not be, and encourage them not to be, distracted by the childish and misguided antics of Mr. Rogers, Ms. Springer or their cohorts and will continue to focus on the important issues of this election.”
Whenever you see Rogers immediately jumping into some kind of scorn fest with both feet flying you can be damned sure that he’s either been tipped off about the underlying situation or he’s part and parcel of it.
And just from the above citation alone, isn’t Gordon a much better writer than Will “I have no idea how many college credits I have” Rogers? As we said elsewhere today, imagine how many paragraphs, interjections, personal historical asides, and semicolons it would take for Rogers to utter the same points.
UCLA and Berkeley, yeah! When Rogers was scheming about how to import cheap pot from the Midwest to sell for big profits in California, Gordon was finishing graduate school. Take your pick.
Prediction: watch Rogers now take credit for exposing Gordon’s “hypocrisy” in accepting a Cusumano donation, and then watch him ridicule his subsequent “reversal.” The guy’s a classic.