February 21, 2024
Will Rodriguez-Kennedy throughout a Zoom look when he was Democratic Celebration chair.

Will Rodriguez-Kennedy, the previous San Diego County Democratic Celebration chairman, has been employed by Rep. Scott Peters as an area consultant for constituent providers specializing in navy veterans like himself.

Simply earlier than 1 p.m. Monday, Peters’ workplace despatched e mail to neighborhood members saying: “E-connecting you with William Rodriguez-Kennedy, who will likely be your major level of contact do you have to want something with our workplace. Please embody him on any communications from the city council.”

His e mail deal with was listed as [email protected].

MaryAnne Pintar, Peters’ chief of workers, later stated in an announcement:

Will is a Marine Corps veteran who served our nation’s armed forces honorably. He’s additionally a frontrunner on the San Diego Conference Middle Company Board of Administrators and the San Diego County Civil Service Fee. He additionally served for a number of years on the San Diego County Veterans Advisory Council and is properly certified to serve our workplace as a veteran caseworker and subject consultant.

Since he was employed in early October, he already has ably helped many veterans who want help with accessing their earned advantages and healthcare. He accomplished the identical utility course of as others we rent for this position and earns a comparable wage to his colleagues with the identical title and tasks. He’s doing an amazing job and I’m grateful he accepted our provide.

Rodriguez-Kennedy misplaced his celebration management position amid sex-assault allegations in a still-pending civil case.

He denied the accusations by former boyfriend Oscar Rendon, and the District Lawyer’s Workplace opted to not cost him.

Becca Taylor was elected in January to succeed Rodriguez-Kennedy, who was made the topic of an ethics probe by the native Democratic Celebration.

Shane Harris, an ordained minister and founding father of the San Diego-based Individuals’s Affiliation of Justice Advocates, tweeted congratulations.

However former state Assemblywoman Lori Saldaña, who barely misplaced a June 2012 major race to Peters, denounced the hiring.

“Talking as a survivor of sexual assault, and as somebody who advocates for different survivors in search of justice within the courts: This can be a disturbing rent,” she stated through textual content in response to a request for remark.

Saldaña added:

Will admitted recording an individual with out their consent or data. He then used their phrases in his personal protection. Most individuals maintain an expectation of privateness throughout intimate encounters, and recording an individual with out their data provides to the betrayal of belief on this case.

Additionally, it’s unlucky and ironic that the one who did that recording might start working for a congressman who recorded Level Loma Democratic Membership members with out their data or required permission final summer season, in violation of membership guidelines — then used that recording to file an Ethics Criticism in opposition to a member.

A former Republican and Marine, Rodriguez-Kennedy rose by way of the ranks of native Democratic membership politics to grow to be president of California Younger Democrats from 2018 to 2021.

He stated in his biography: “In 2008, Chairman Rodriguez-Kennedy was forcibly, although honorably, discharged from the navy below the unconstitutional ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Inform’ coverage. After preventing out of homelessness, he made worldwide headlines in his struggle in opposition to the coverage particularly being among the many first to aim to reenlist when it was dominated unconstitutional in 2010.”

Between January 2021 and Could 2022, he labored for Mike Schaeffer, the previous San Diego Metropolis Council member elected to the California Board of Equalization in 2018.

Peters, elected in 2012, represents the fiftieth Congressional District, which incorporates San Marcos, Escondido, Rancho Santa Fe, Rancho Bernardo, Rancho Peñasquitos, Sorrento Valley, College Metropolis/UTC, La Jolla, Pacific Seaside and Mission Seaside.

Up to date at 3:55 p.m. Nov. 6, 2023