Looks like someone at the Farouk Shami campaign has suffered an email malfunction.
An unsigned internal email that was meant for Shami campaign staffers has been inadvertently sent out to people outside of the campaign, including several reporters at the Star-Telegram.
The email is from PressTeam@faroukforgovernor.com. The message is a response to emails that have been distributed by a man named "David A. Diaz" that are from a private AOL.com email but at first glance looks like it's from the Shami campaign.
The campaign staffer starts the email with "Who the hell is David Diaz?" and then goes on to complain that "amateurs" are messing with the campaign's message, and giving Shami "quotes like great one about Mexicans and sunshine."
"The entire paid staff has worked very hard on strategy for this candidate and have been chopped off at the knees by these incompetents!" the email reads.
It goes on: "Seriously, can we hunt these people down and muzzle them?"
The Diaz story that sparked the email from the Shami staffer attempts to link Bill White to a racial profiling program. It has been posted on the conservative news site Texas Insider.
We forwarded the email to Charlie Ray, Shami's press secretary, and asked for a response.
"Since I don't see this signed by anybody, I cannot comment on the content of this email," Ray said. "I can say David Diaz is not on our press team."
Austin American-Statesman reporter Corrie MacLaggan has more details on the confusion over who is allowed to speak on behalf of the Shami campaign here.
The full email is after the jump:
From: PressTeam [mailto:PressTeam@faroukforgovernor.com]
Sent: Tuesday, February 16, 2010 12:49 PM
To: Batheja, Aman
Subject: RE: [Fwd: Bill White was early supporter of a plan based on racial profiling, says Farouk Shami]
Who in the hell is David Diaz? He is not authorized by the campaign to send out any press releases and we keep seeing them out there, apparently "authorized" by Jessica Gutierrez? Isn't she Farouk's public relations rep for his company? Why are these amateurs with aol.com email addresses sending out these awful statements? These are the same people that give him quotes like great one about Mexicans and sunshine. No one with the campaign has authorized these statements and whoever they are, they are sabotaging every bit of legitimacy Farouk has as a candidate.
We have a communications
director, a press secretary, and a policy/strategy team for the campaign. The
entire paid staff has worked very hard on strategy for this candidate and have
been chopped off at the knees by these incompetents! The staff could probably
work with his "unique" statements, but these people that think they are helping
him are feeding him their stupidity. Seriously, can we hunt these people down
and muzzle them? This is highly unprofessional and must be resolved