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Source: Englander bullied Brad Smith out of race via employer


John Shallman

A source has informed street-hassle that several phone calls were made on behalf of Mitch Englander's campaign, including one by the candidate himself and one by consultant John Shallman, as well as emails sent, to several key figures at Brad Smith's employer, Parsons Corp. of Pasadena, including their government relations staff and their CEO, insisting it would be bad for Parsons if Smith were to continue his campaign.

The phone calls took place over weeks; initially Parsons was indifferent, but ultimately, the source claims, Parsons told Smith either to run or to work, and that he couldn't do both. The pressure was effective; Smith suddenly withdrew last week.

"The sad thing about this situation is that Mitch Englander [pictured, left] is going to win anyway. Why does he [Englander] have to break the law anyway?" the source asked.

UPDATE: A source claims that one of the concerns the Englander campaign raised with Parsons' key personnel was regarding the appearance of conflict of interest vis-a-vis Parsons' DWP contracts.