A pair of divisive California Assembly races that each pit Democratic candidates against each other has led to the end of a nationally renowned Democratic campaign firm.
The tale, first reported in Roll Call, centers on the defeat of two California Democratic incumbents last fall: Assemblywoman Betsey Butler (D-Santa Monica) and Assemblyman Michael Allen (D-Vallejo). Both were beaten by Democratic challengers.
The firm “Mack|Crounse employed a staff of 13 people, and competitors estimate that the firm generated tens of millions of dollars in revenue each cycle,” writes Roll Call’s Abby Livingston. “It worked for 19 current members of Congress, 12 state parties and nearly every labor, environmental and women’s group in politics.”
The partnership disbanded after revelations that one of the partners, Jim Crounse, produced a series of mail pieces attacking the Democratic incumbents -- both of whom had the support of some of the firm’s other clients.