County CEO Mike Giancola has had second thoughts about putting County COO Mark Denny – who was convicted of election fraud in the 90′s – in charge of overseeing our elections, according to the Orange Juice Blog. OC Registrar of Voters Neal Kelley will insteada be reporting directly to Giancola.
This is a big victory for the OCEA, the union that represents OC public employees. But it is also a big victory for all of us. Denny should not be working at the County in the first place and he most certainly should not have been in charge of overseeing elections.
Denny was once a former staff aide to Assembly Speaker Curt Pringle – but that ended when he pleaded guilty in March of 1996, “to participating in a Republican scheme to manipulate the ballot in last year’s 67th Assembly District election, becoming the third GOP worker in less than a week to be convicted in the election fraud case,” as reported by the Los Angeles Times.
Denny, 27 at the time, was a a paid employee of the speaker (Pringle) until he admitted that he illegally circulated nominating petitions for decoy Democrat Laurie Campbell. Denny resigned his post as a field representative in Pringle’s Garden Grove office. He also named Rhonda Carmony, a top aide to Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Huntington Beach), as instrumental in the plan, according to their sworn declarations to the court.
The scheme that busted Denny did work though as Scott Baugh got elected to the State Assembly. He went on to lead the state Republicans then returned to Orange County where he eventually supplanted Tom Fuentes as head of the Orange County Republican Party. Corruption comes naturally to all of these people!
Denny was not done after the Baugh fiasco. He was hired as chief of staff by then Orange County Supervisor Bill Campbell a few years later, in 2003.
By 2006, Denny was running the OC Parks Agency, according to his Linkedin Page. He was wholly unqualified for that job just as he is not qualified to be the new Orange County COO.