Another DeMaio Scandal: US Attorney Laura DuffyOnline Only, Top Highlights, Breaking News Saturday, October 20th, 2012
Many are asking whether US Attorney Laura Duffy should resign amid allegations of a conflict of interest. The answer is a resounding yes. Duffy, reputedly a lesbian, organized an event for the Jewish community that had mayoral candidates Bob Filner and Carl DeMaio debating. Duffy not only organized the event, she established the parameters and was the apparent sole arbiter to ensure that each candidate played by the rules.
Congressman Bob Filner complained about the apparent partisanship showed by Duffy during the debate when she allowed DeMaio to ask direct questions to him that were beyond the level of civil discourse expected in mayoral campaigns.
Subsequently, Duffy sent an email to the DeMaio campaign apologizing for Filner’s behavior. Really? If this is not partisanship that is beyond
the pale for a US Attorney, I don’t know what is.
While Duffy has not technically violated any law, she clearly has stepped on the spirit of the Hatch Act. The Hatch Act is a United States federal law whose main provision is to prohibit employees (civil servants) in the executive branch of the federal government, except the President, Vice-President, and certain designated high-level officials of the executive branch, from engaging in partisan political activity.
Duffy has not violated the Hatch Act because mayoral elections in San Diego are non-partisan. As a US Attorney, Duffy should not be about the letter of the law but should always be about the spirit of the law. She knows her behavior is unconscionable.
Duffy should have revealed to the Filner campaign that she was a contributor to DeMaio. Somehow, the Duffy email to the DeMaio campaign
complaining about Filner’s behavior at the debate was leaked to the press. Interesting how it fit so nicely into the DeMaio campaign’s narrative about Filner. Coincidence? Doubtful.
All this comes on the heels of Johnathan Hale, DeMaio’s partner, voting to direct a Hillcrest Business Association bid to a large DeMaio donor. It is so disappointing to have LGBT folks be as corrupt as the broader community.
Duffy, do your community a favor, resign ASAP.
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