In the fall of 2012, volunteers on Bob Filner’s mayoral campaign were in for a tasty treat. Two giant standalone freezers, the kind you’d find in a corner store, sat in the middle of Filner’s campaign headquarters. Inside were ice cream sandwiches, Dippin’ Dots, firecracker popsicles and so many other frozen goodies that the campaign had no fear of exhausting its supply.
The ice cream was courtesy of Mark Arabo and the Neighborhood Market Association, someone who worked on the Filner campaign who would only speak on the condition of anonymity told me.
But this delicious gift never appeared on Filner’s campaign forms as required. Even the smallest of donations must be disclosed under the law. Arabo maintains he didn’t give the ice cream to Filner and doesn’t know how the candidate got it.
“We gave it to the Democratic Party,” said Lundon Attisha, the association’s spokesman. “From there, it’s the Democratic Party’s. It’s not like we followed the ice cream.”
That was news to the Democratic Party. There’s no donation fitting the description of the ice cream from the association to the party or from the party to Filner. Jess Durfee, the party chairman at the time, said Filner’s ice cream didn’t come from him. But he sure remembered it.
“Every time I went in there I grabbed an ice cream,” Durfee said. He joked at the time that he wished the party had its own freezers full of ice cream.
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Oops, I was mistaken, the ice cream was delivered to the San Diego County Democratic Party office for the special election in 2013.
Actually, I'm not sure why the Democratic Party would deny that there was a freezer full of ice cream. It was in the Dem Party office on Claremont Mesa Blvd. for volunteers.
A freezer full of nice ice cream? We really have to be careful, next time Mark Arabo might try to bribe politicians with snickers and Coca-Cola. Ice cream as a bribe for politicians is one the most ridiculous thing I have heard in a long time. Also, I haven't read any kind of evidence for these accusations. Each of the accusations are based on the author's opinion and not proven.
Furthermore, from what I have seen from Mark Arabo's appearances on local and national television, is that he strikes me as a person who cares about people. He has an ancestors from the Chaldean community and he cares about how they are treated. Family is the most important part in my life and people that stand up for and care about their own family and people is a good man. I believe he is a good person with a bright political future. If there is any criticism about his political background or current work, it should be based on facts and not on authors opinion. This article doesn't treat Mark Arabo's political career in a fair and honest way.
He can portray himself, as he does, as the champion of small business people; but I think the baggage of being a smarmy spokesman for local liquor and tobacco dealers/interests is not a good platform to build a political career on. Plus that whole black ensemble thing is so New York and definitely not laid back California. He just won't have a wide appeal among voters.