Magdalena Carrasco stunned everyone by mollywhopping Xavier Campos in last week’s election rematch, but the newest San Jose councilmember-elect didn’t do it alone. In fact, one could argue she barely did it herself. Carrasco, who has three kids at home, rarely walked door-to-door and her campaign sent out just a handful of mailers during the race. Meanwhile, a source tells Fly, an independent expenditure committee sponsored by the Fraternal Order of Police plopped down more than $100,000 on almost 20 mailers, some supporting Carrasco and others bashing Baby X. It certainly helped that East Side was in turn-out-for-what mode, as District 5 had the lowest vote total among all council races. But a closer look at Carrasco’s backers appears to show ex-hubby and State Senator Kevin de León was pulling some strings. Back in 2010, Carrasco hired de León’s close advisor, Encino-based John Shallman, to help her against Campos—a strategy ex-supervisor George Shirakawa Jr. must’ve laughed at as he sent out bogus, DNA-laced mailers (allegedly) on Campos’ behalf to help steal the election. But in this race, Shallman Communications, now known as West Coast Public Affairs, reeled in the dough sending mail for the Frat police rather than Carrasco. Carrasco told Fly she knew nothing of his involvement in this race—only that de León introduced her to Shallman four years ago. Also out of the ordinary, a group called Neighborhood Empowerment Coalition gave the Frat attack group $39,000 just a week before the election, but no other records for the coalition exists on the Secretary of State website. Adding just a dash more WTF, Carrasco said she’s open to reconciling with the South Bay Labor Council, which called her out for “Shirakawa” tactics just last month (the story has been removed while the link survives), if they can drop their “intense grudges.”
CORRECTION: A previous version of this article stated that Kevin de León and John Shallman may have had a business connection beyond their past client-consultant relationship. San Jose Inside regrets the error.