Why is Steven Choi Using a Pro-Airport Political Consultant?

Why is Steven Choi, a pro-Great Park advocate (or so he says), paying a PRO-Airport political consultant $3,000 for his re-election bid?

Consultant Frank Caterinicchio was paid $3K by Choi.  Frank worked for PRO-airport advocates in 1994 and 1996.  Since Choi and Shea wrote an op-ed for the Register promoting the grand jury report that the County should take over the airport from the Irvine City Council, I’ve always been skeptical about these two.  Neither of them had any role in passing Measure W which opened the door for the Great Park ove the Airport, and now Choi as a pro-airport consultant whispering in his ear.

The OC Weekly’s Anthony Pignataro has an interesting story about Frank in 2001:

In fact, disappearing clients are a Caterinicchio pattern, too. Representing Zemel, Caterinicchio earned a twofer in 1998: Zemel lost not only to Tom Daly in the Anaheim mayor’s race, but also to Lisa Hughes that same year in the GOP primary race to see who would get hammered by Democrat Loretta Sanchez in the 46th Congressional district. Caterinicchio also ran the high-profile 1994 Michael Huffington for U.S. Senate campaign, in which Huffington lost to Dianne Feinstein despite spending an unprecedented $28 million. And then there was Caterinicchio’s client, former Irvine City Councilman Dave Baker. In 1988, Baker ran for Congress with Caterinicchio as manager, eventually losing to Chris Cox after admitting he’d forged a signature on an unauthorized transfer of funds into his campaign account from a charity. Bad luck? Perhaps. Or perhaps it’s Caterinicchio’s prospective clients who should seek psychiatric help.

So, with this consultant, and possibly dirty money from two sets of donors, I am going to question the judgement of candidates Shea and Choi in regards to the sort of people they hang out with.  They don’t deserve your vote tomorrow.

  6 comments for “Why is Steven Choi Using a Pro-Airport Political Consultant?

  1. Jubal
    November 3, 2008 at 5:24 pm

    And voters should care…why?

    Agran’s consultants used to be the pro-airport consultants, before they switched and became the anti-airport consultants and have been on the Agran gravy train ever since.

  2. Dan Chmielewski
    November 3, 2008 at 5:53 pm

    Irvine voters care who their candidates are associated with Matt. It does matter to me since I live 3 miles from the runways.

  3. FLowerszzz
    November 3, 2008 at 6:45 pm

    Um earth to Dan – the Airport battle is over it is SUPPOSED to be a park, 10 years and counting………

  4. November 4, 2008 at 6:57 am

    They’re using Frank because he was the last one to beat Larry[in 1990].

  5. Dan Chmielewski
    November 4, 2008 at 9:17 am

    What a reach; you have to go back 18 years to find a way to beat Larry. Choi’s a joke and a disgrace. Voters in Irvine should send him packing so he can concentrate on his Assembly race.

  6. Jubal
    November 4, 2008 at 9:46 am

    The runways? Where car clubs race around on the weekends?

    Come on, Dan. The airport fight is over. You sound like some Confederate Lost Causer.

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