Aaron Persky, the Santa Clara County judge facing a recall measure next year in the wake of his controversial sentencing of former Stanford University student Brock Turner, has hired a political consultant who worked as the Arizona state director for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.
A financial disclosure form filed Monday by Persky’s retain campaign shows payments totaling $30,000 to Phoenix-based RDP Strategies, owned by Brian Seitchik. Under Seitchik’s direction, Trump won Arizona, taking 48 percent of the votes. Seitchik has also worked as communications director for the California Republican Party and former Congressman Dan Lungren’s chief of staff.
Seitchik and Persky did not immediately return requests for comment.
Persky and his opposition, the Recall Persky Campaign, have been fundraising over the last several months as they gear up for the recall vote, which is set to come before Santa Clara County voters next June. The recall campaign, led by Stanford University law professor Michele Dauber, is working to unseat a judge she argues has shown a pattern of bias against victims of sexual violence and defendants of color. Dauber launched the effort after Persky sentenced Turner to six months in county jail for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman on Stanford’s campus in 2015, sparking widespread outrage.
Persky has not spoken publicly since his sentencing of Turner last summer, save in campaign statements. He recently defended his role as a judge to “consider rehabilitation and probation for first-time offenders” and follow the law “without regard to public opinion or my opinions as a former prosecutor.”
Persky has so far raised $63,910 this…
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