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Thursday, Dec 01, 2011 - Last Blog on Earth | News

Council staffer coordinates Republican elves at Occupy San Diego (UPDATED)

Matt Donnellan, aide to Councilmember Lorie Zapf, involved in video spoof for Lincoln Club

By Dave Maass
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- Photo by Dave Maass

An aide to San Diego City Councilmember Lorie Zapf was spotted coordinating a video shoot making fun of the Occupy Wall Street movement at the Civic Center Plaza on Thursday afternoon.

Matt Donnellan, who currently serves as Zapf's senior policy advisor, was seen organizing a band of students who donned elf costumes and marched around a pile of wrapped presents carrying Occupy-style signs while a video crew documented the spectacle. Donnellan identified the group as College Republicans, but did not say which university.*

Actually, he didn't say a lot at all, as evidenced by this awkward video:



Before, after and throughout the stunt, the participants repeatedly looked to Donnellan for instruction, with Donnellan at one point leading the group into City Hall and past security so they could change into their elf costumes. Donnellan maintains that he was off the clock.

TJ Zane, president of the Lincoln Club of San Diego County, a
conservative booster group, was also standing on the sidelines. The club is hosting an "Occupy Christmas"-themed fundraiser on Dec. 8.

UPDATED: Zapf's Chief of Staff Job Nelson confirmed that the video was for the Lincoln Club fundraiser and that he insisted that Donnellan take the afternoon off if he was planning to work on it, since the club operates a political PAC.

Here's a clip of Donnellan getting all managerial:



Here's a video clip of the stunt:



And a slideshow...


* We'll update when the information is made available.

 
 
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