“Team Rancho Mirage,” the joint City Council campaign of councilmembers Dana Hobart, Iris Smotrich, Ted Weill and Chamber of Commerce Board Chairman Charles Townsend, sent an e-mail blast Sunday night criticizing Councilman Scott Hines, who also is on the April ballot, for a deleted Facebook status that they said referred to the city as “Losersville.”
The note, also posted on their site, states that none of the candidates have read the post, but they’ve heard about it secondhand from “individuals,” including yours truly.
The email said the post read something like “I’m sitting here, sipping Champagne, looking out over “Losersville.”
The message then rips Hines for considering running for other offices, and says he told the city manager in March 2013 via email he definitely would not be on the Rancho Mirage ballot in 2014.
“Why Mr. Hines would want to represent a city of “losers” remains a mystery,” the note concludes.
Hines said Monday morning his campaign manager, Richard Oberhaus, suggested he take down the Jan. 11 status because he didn’t think it was a good idea for an elected official to refer to drinking alcohol.
The post, Hines said, read:
“Working all day on a Saturday is for the birds. So, I opened a bottle of champagne that was given to us. I’m celebrating everyone else’s Saturday and perfect SoCal weather which I can see out my window here in Loserville.”
He wrote via email today, “I was commenting on how I was having to work on a Saturday when the weather was so nice and me being in “loserville.”
As for the email he’s said to have written to City Manager Randy Bynder, he said he didn’t recall the specific note, but “Isn’t a candidate suppose to go through the process of making sure they have the time, ability and mental agility to serve another four years? I take these decisions seriously and ultimately felt it important to get reelected to keep at least one independent voice on the council.”
Hines also sent out a video message today, viewable on his website.