Cole Harris’ campaign may be over, but his consultants aren’t finished with him

On May 2, 2018 I ran an opinion piece that I wrote, called, “Cole Harris: Manchurian Candidate?  This is what I said then, “A few months ago I noticed that a “Cole Harris” was running as a Republican for Lt. Governor.  He appeared to be very rich.  But, after 58 years of working in politics I never heard of him.  I called some friends around the State.  No one else heard of him.  So, I did what I normally do, I called him—at his financial services company.  I called several times.  Never got a return call.

On April 18. 2018 I saw a short story in “WhatMatters” by Dan Morain in which he noted he also tried to talk with Cole Harris—to no avail—no return calls, no aide calling to say sorry the Candidate had no time to talk to journalists.”

Now the same Dan Morain writes this yesterday, “Republican Cole Harris, a first-time candidate who spent $2.2 million of his own money only to lose his run for lieutenant governor in June, is learning that politics is a tough business.

Recently, someone—apparently a disgruntled consultant—accessed the HarrisforCalifornia.com site and wrote in bold red and black capital letters:

“Cole Harris owes his campaign vendors and employees at least $1.1 million dollars in unpaid bills.”

Half of what he “spent” he did not pay to his vendors and workers.”  And, he has disappeared—no more political meeting, no action to save the State—just went away—like a Manchurian Candidate that failed.  While I took heat for my column, I was right about Cole Harris.

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Cole Harris’ campaign may be over, but his consultants aren’t finished with him

 

Dan Morain , Calmatters, 9/13/18

Cole Harris, unsuccessful Republican candidate for lieutenant governor

Republican Cole Harris, a first-time candidate who spent $2.2 million of his own money only to lose his run for lieutenant governor in June, is learning that politics is a tough business.

Recently, someone—apparently a disgruntled consultant—accessed the HarrisforCalifornia.com site and wrote in bold red and black capital letters:

“Cole Harris owes his campaign vendors and employees at least $1.1 million dollars in unpaid bills.”

Harris is a Glendale investor who posts Instagram photos of himself on yachts, planes and exotic cars, drinking French wine and wearing Rolex watches. He placed third in the top-two primary in June, despite vastly outspending most of his opponents and gaining the California Republican Party endorsement.

The campaign site, which has not yet been taken down, includes a link to his latest campaign finance filing, which shows five-and six-figure debts to consultants spread around the state and country.

Harris’ campaign Twitter feed also prominently features a tweet that links to the broadside, and, separately, displays a misogynistic Instagram posting under the candidate’s Twitter handle. The posting has no date, and wasn’t publicly visible on Harris’ Instagram account.

Harris, reached by phone, answered queries about the apparent dispute with a referral to his latest Instagram posting: “Keep throwin bricks at me. I’ll continue to use them to build with. Now, for anyone that wants to understand my side of things and what’s the TRUTH, wait. It’s coming.”

The campaign finance report shows Harris owes one firm, Majority Strategies, $288,000. The firm, which has control of the campaign website, did not comment.

Sacramento strategist Rob Stutzman, who was among those who worked for Harris, said of the web message: “I’m disappointed that someone has taken this tack. I think it’s unprofessional.”

The campaign finance report shows Harris also owes Stutzman $34,000. Stutzman said he’s working with Harris to resolve the bill.

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