Months have passed since we gawked at the revolving door that is Assemblywoman Campos’ office. Not to worry—things are just as dysfunctional as ever.
Assemblymember Nora Campos (D-San Jose) and her chief of staff Sailaja Rajappan deserve credit for their consistency and determination. Over the last several years, no duo in Sacramento has shown a greater commitment to making the lives of their co-workers miserable.
The seams of Nora Campos’ carefully curated public image are unraveling at a garish pace. A year after San Jose Inside first reported that the San Jose assemblywoman had lost control of her office—firing employees at an unprecedented clip, wasting a half-million dollars for constituent services—a new source has come forward with details about the embarrassing state of affairs.
Assemblymember Nora Campos is apparently that rare politician who just knows what the people want without asking. So, when she relinquishes half a million dollars to the state, rather than having a properly staffed office or conducting outreach services to her constituents, she’s bucking her budget allotments out of a noble sense of duty. That’s the message Campos’ communications director, Steve Harmon, trotted out during an interview with local radio station KLIV 1590 in response to a report Metro/San Jose Inside published last week. A closer inspection of Harmon’s comments, however, show that they don’t pass the smell test.