Stephen Cody is the citizen-lawyer who took the case against Mayor Eugene Flinn, trying to oust him from the ballot. He claimed he wasn't doing this on behalf of another candidate. I checked his facebook page and only one candidate in this race was there: Annette Taddeo identified as one of his friends. Granted he has collected 720 friends, and that usually means that you just about let anyone on your page. He is a registered Democrat but also giving to the National Republican Congressional Committee in 2003. He might be helping a Candidate from either party even though this is a non-partisan race. Don't fool yourselves, the 2 Political Parties are VERY involved in this District 8 race.
Channel 4's reportor Sutta asked why he was doing this? Cody said:
"...this is nothing that which is personal toward Gene. I'm doing it because frankly it's the right thing to do." I ask: Why? He doesn't have a history of doing the 'right thing' in my view. Reliable sources say he is being paid for doing this.
The last two 'right things' he did I think were actually wrong things for voters and he was paid plenty! He was Vile Natacha Seijas's lawyer, trying to get citizen petition signatures thrown out on a technicality because they weren't written in cursive. Mayor Michael Pizzi, representing the people who gathered the signatures to recall Natacha from office, won the case against Cody and the County. Cody was also one of the lawyers arguing against the Strong Mayor referendum, trying to stop it from going on the ballot, something about it covered too many issues. Again, the citizens voted overwhelmingly to put the Strong Mayor proposal on the ballot and the Judge over-ruled Cody. Stephen Cody appears to be the lawyer of choice -- when voters are facing being disenfranchised -- against the voters. He is not on the VOTERS side in any of these issues so how is that the 'Right Thing'?
He got $108,192 in legal fees from PAC's around the time of County Commissioner's Natacha Seijas recall and the Strong Mayor vote. He was the registering agent for the PAC's working against both of these voter initiated actions as well. Additionally, on 7/16/2004 Vile Natacha Seijas paid Cody $5,000 for legal services out of her OWN 2004 campaign account. They have a long history. He used as his address during the Vile Natacha Recall - 800 Douglas Road. Suite 850, which is Lobbyist Miguel DeGrandy's address (the vile one's pick to louse up the Charter Review Committee) and Cody's picture is still posted on DeGrandy's website. This is in the Mas Tec Building BTW.
Stephen Cody has quite a history and I would very much like to know who is paying him. If he doesn't work for his pal Natacha Seijas for free, he most likely wouldn't be doing this one out of the goodness of his heart. However: Let us be clear, I do NOT know who is responsible for this, it could be any campaign except Flinn's.
Below is the original, manipulative, email sent to the candidates by a bogus person that started this whole ball of wax to scuttle a fair election (hit read more):
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