Nobody likes to lose an election, but it seems Robert Braunstein—TV sports host and vanquished candidate in San Jose’s District 10 City Council race—has yet to call it quits. Observers in and around City Hall were surprised to receive an email newsletter in January from an anonymous links blog called ABV News, short for Almaden-Blossom Valley News. The newsletter, which most recipients didn’t even sign up for, consists of links to stories affecting south San Jose. It also features some scathing, left-field criticism directed at Braunstein’s opponent last fall, Councilmember Johnny Khamis. While some subscribers were surprised to learn who is behind the newsletter, it was the manner in which they found out that caused readers to fall out of their chairs: The newsletter’s email address is the same as Braunstein’s Cal Hi Sports Bay Area work email. Braunstein admits he’s behind ABV News and said he wants to make it a hyperlocal Huffington Post. With only 14 “likes” on Facebook, he still has a little work to do. Part of that work so far has included claims that Khamis took $40,000 in district funds that termed-out D-10 Councilmember Nancy Pyle had planned to donate to a variety of charities and community associations. Khamis, in fact, did no such thing. On a side note, Khamis’ people wonder where Braunstein got all those email addresses, which number in the thousands. Braunstein insists he didn’t get them from Pyle’s office, which would be all sorts of inappropriate. Regardless, the enterprise has clearly got some Almadenites’ soccer shorts in a twist. “I think he’s probably doing somebody a service, but it’s really petty and juvenile,” opines one local political consultant.
UPDATE: Nancy Pyle confirmed with Fly that no one in her office provided Robert Braunstein with her District 10 email contacts. However, she disputed ABV News’ suggestion that Johnny Khamis reneged on promises, calling the transition “smooth.”