3UHW to see us. Finally, it was decided that we would meet at a restaurant in Oakland calledOlivetto.9.
Our second meeting was attended by Josie Mooney, Tom DeBruin, and two “silentpartners,” Mark Mosher and Tom Whitehurst, who are principals of a public relations firms calledBarnes Mosher Whitehurst Lauter & Partners. I was told that Mosher and Whitehurst were in chargeof putting together the communications strategy and that DeBruin was overseeing these efforts onbehalf of the SEIU International. Sitting next to two top International staff members and twoprincipals of a large public relations firm, I was the most junior person in the group, by far. Thediscussion was centered around figuring out the best way to ruin Sal Rosselli’s credibility. Thecurrent charges regarding a 501(c)(3) organization never came up.10.
In order to make the project sound appealing, Ms. Mooney said to me, “You can beknown as the guy who helped save Andy’s ass in California.”11.
Rather than trying to undermine Rosselli’s personal credibility, I suggested that weappropriate his Platform for Change. I did not know Rosselli personally and had been led to believethat he was some sort of a monster. I had read the Platform for Change beforehand because themanagement of Local 790 had said it was so outrageous. But to me, it seemed to be taking afundamental position that I thought our members would support. I suggested that it would be moreeffective to appropriate this platform as our own in order to appeal to rank and file members ratherthan just driving them away from Rosselli by personally attacking him. When I made thissuggestion, Mooney said, “No, we can’t do that.”12.
At that point, one of the public relations consultants, John Whitehurst, said that he hadseen the opposition research file on Sal Rosselli that Sutter Hospital had prepared. Sutter Hospital isnotorious for being an employer that is hostile to unions. The term “opposition research” was usedseveral times in that conversation. Whitehurst lamented the fact that there was nothing in theopposition research file showing any self-dealing or corruption by Sal, and said “Sal is clean.”13.
The skunk team group then brainstormed about which of the senior staff at UHW theycould convert to their side. For instance, they knew that Paul Kumar had recently purchased a home,and they knew its location and the amount of his mortgage. They rhapsodized about the idea of him