In what appears more show than punishment, Audra Strickland put her chief of staff, Joel Angeles, on a one month unpaid leave of absence. See Ventura County Star.
Readers will remember that Joel Angeles was described as shoving anti-tobacco donation protestors that were located on the sidewalk in front of the Hyatt in Westlake Village. The Hyatt was the site of a fundraiser for Tony Strickland, which used Mitt Romney as a draw for campaign donations. The folks on the side walk were protesting Strickland’s acceptance of large tobacco corporation donations.
But one has to consider what a “leave of absence” really means and whether merely a leave of absence is all that is warranted for being a member of an elected official’s office.
Joel Angeles appears to be quite intertwined in the Strickland’s campainging machine, having lived in their home and sharing a business with Audra Strickland as reported in the LA Times. Does his one month leave merely mean a vacation from public viewing?
Wouldn’t being removed from their offices altogether be more appropriate given accusations of his participation in a physical altercation and racial name-calling outside their fund raising event?
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