July 7th, 2010 5:33 pm | by NIGEL JAQUISS News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, Politics

Where We Got the Chris Dudley Campaign Emails

Dudley and Schaub

In the current print edition of WW, there is a story based on emails between William Schaub, a lawyer advising Republican gubernatorial nominee Chris Dudley's campaign, and various campaign staffers. The emails concern a June 18 press release issued by the Democratic Party of Oregon that raised questions about whether Dudley's campaign was improperly using a non-profit Dudley runs to benefit diabetic kids.

Here are those emails:

On Mon, Jun 28, 2010 at 8:10 AM, [Dudley spokesman] LeRoy Coleman wrote:

William, the DPO put out this press release last week? Is there any validity to their argument and hold do we respond if asked by press?

Then Schaub responded:

From: William Schaub
Sent: Monday, June 28, 2010 10:14 AM
To: LeRoy Coleman
Subject: Re: Question

You are 100% within the law. "Raised eyebrows" by partisan democrats, looking for something to criticize, is not a violation.

The best response is to say that " the campaign has complied with all aspects of the law and that the foundation was in no way involved with any political activity. However, a number of young Oregonians that have benefitted from the work of the foundation, of which Chris is very proud, were willing to participate in telling Oregonians part of the story of Chris' ongoing commitment to the community to help assist young people that have been and are confronted with some of the same challenges that are presented by the onset of diabetes."

This effort shows how low they will go to try to actually get something on Chris.

William D. Schaub, Attorney at Law

Coleman liked that answer:

On Mon, Jun 28, 2010 at 10:15 AM, LeRoy Coleman wrote:

Exactly. That's why the press didn't pick it up. Thanks for your help, William. Much appreciated.

LeRoy Coleman
Communications Director
Dudley for Governor

Schaub then added to his earlier response:

From: William Schaub
Date: Mon, Jun 28, 2010 at 11:30 AM
Subject: Re: Question
To: LeRoy Coleman
Cc: "Craford, Kent" , "Jones, Robert"

That being said, the campaign should investigate the charges and make sure the foundation executive director or spokesperson is preparared to answer the questions related to the foundation if the press does call. It is best if they do it, rather than you.
Regards, Bill

William D. Schaub, Attorney at Law

So here's how we got the emails: Schaub mistakenly sent them to Democratic Party of Oregon spokeswoman Amy Wojcicki, whose email address was embedded out the original DPO press release slamming the Dudley campaign. Schaub apparently assumed Wojcicki was a member of the Dudley team, even though her email address—amy@dpo.org—provided some indication that she was not. Wojcicki, who recently moved to Oregon from Washington D.C. was unaware of Schaub's background but forwarded the emails to WW.

Here's the email in which Schaub shares his legal advice with the competition:

From: William Schaub
Date: June 28, 2010 2:55:11 PM PDT
To: "Wojciki, Amy"
Cc: "Jones, Robert" , "Craford, Kent"
Subject: Fwd: Foundation issue re DPO press release

Per my vm, I noted that you did not receive my "reply all" response to Leroy re this issue, the string of which is below.

Please call me if you have any questions.

Regards, Bill

William D. Schaub, Attorney at Law

As the story in today's paper notes, Schaub's employment history—which includes serving as an in-house counsel for two men, Jeff Grayson and Andy Wiederhorn, who were subsequently convicted of felonies, and a litany of personal financial woes—raise questions about whether he is among the "best and the brightest" with whom Dudley has pledged to surround himself.

John Endicott, a business manager for Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 290, whose members entrusted their pension funds to Jeff Grayson and saw them looted in the dealings between Grayson and Wiederhorn's companies, expressed surprise that Schaub would be allowed any involvement in a gubernatorial campaign.

"This is a guy who represented Andy Wiederhorn who stole millions from hard-working people," Endicott says. "What is Dudley thinking?"

Yesterday, Dudley's spokesman LeRoy Coleman responded to a similar question this way: “[Schaub], as well as others, has provided pro bono counsel for this campaign. So far he's done a great job. Chris has no knowledge of his personal affairs, nor will he comment on them.”

As it turns out, Schaub is not the only person associated with the Dudley campaign who brings some baggage to Dudley's effort.

One of the men copied on the email traffic Schaub inadvertently sent to the competition is Dudley campaign staffer Kent Craford. In mid-November, the board of the struggling start-up Seaport Airlines abruptly fired Craford from his job as Seaport's CEO. Within a couple of weeks, Craford joined the Dudley campaign, where he serves as policy director at $10,000 per month.
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