Well, here’s the news, look who just got appointed to the Bill de Blasio regime in New Yawk:
“Peter Ragone, a consultant who worked with de Blasio at HUD before going on to handle communications for Al Gore‘s 2000 presidential run and for Gov. Cuomo’s 2002 primary bid, as a senior advisor.”
Now let’s travel all the way back to 2007:
“[Newsom’s] admission[*] came as his aggressive and seasoned spokesman, Peter Ragone, was fighting his own battles: A local investigative television team had reported that Ragone was posting hostile comments about Newsom’s critics on a local blog under names other than his own. When confronted with the fact that the postings had been traced to his home computer, Ragone insisted that the author, “John Nelson,” was his best friend who often stayed at his home. Ragone later admitted that he had posted the comments, but he said he did so to reflect Nelson’s views. Ragone also posted under the name “Bjorn.”
Indeed. The “local blog” mentioned by the LAT is SFist.
All the deets:
Gavin’s Sock Puppet
RagoneWatch (A Day Late)
Peter Ragone By The Numbers
After all this, Peter Ragone had to go – he got voted off the island.
So I’m afraid that I’m going to have to disagree with the quite lengthy Wikipedia entry on Peter Ragone III, you know, the one written by … Peter Ragone! Or “John Nelson!” Or “Bjorn!” You see, Ragone writes that he “sparked a minor controversy after admitting he posted…” So maybe you could spin it that way, but the real controversy was actually about all the lies he told after he got busted. That’s why he had to go.
Now let’s see how well he does on that island off the east coast of America.
(Look out, Gothamist.)
*This was around the time that man-child Gavin Newsom decided it would be a good time start hanging out** with a teenaged Republican restaurant hostess. I’ll tell you, the people behind the mayor Willie Brown / Gavin Newsom / Ed Lee administration are deeeeeeeeeeeeelighted not to have to deal with Gavin Newsom drama anymore.
**Dating? Alcohol? You make the call.