While it’s not unusual for political candidates to tussle over their campaign signs, the tussle between San Marcos City Council candidates Shaune Maycock and Lisa Marie Coppoletta is more contentious — and public — than normal. Photo by Andy Sevilla.
By ANDY SEVILLA
A San Marcos city council campaign is in search of higher ground after quickly degenerating into threats and accusations in many flavors, along with a complaint to the San Marcos Police Department (SMPD).
Lisa Marie Coppoletta’s campaign camp has filed a police report against her opponent, Shaune Maycock, alleging “terroristic threats.” The SMPD has confirmed that a report has been filed, but released no other details.
Coppoletta and Maycock are running against each other for the San Marcos City Council seat (Place 5) being vacated by Pam Couch. The election will take place on Nov. 3.
The Coppoletta campaign alerted the media to the incident with a press release.
The matter goes back to a phone call placed to Maycock last Friday morning by Coppoletta’s husband and campaign manager, Daniel Scales. The Coppoletta campaign had been told that Maycock’s campaign was placing political signage on private properties without the owners’ consent. Scales said he called Maycock as a courtesy.
“I was cordial,” Scales said. “I thought I was addressing a misunderstanding about his employees placing signs without permission. He asked if I was working for Lisa’s campaign. When I informed him I was her husband, he went on a rant.”
Scales said the rant included threats of physical harm. Maycock said he did not make such threats.
According to Scales, Maycock said “I’m gonna (expletive) you up. When I see you next, I’m gonna (expletive) you up.”
Maycock recalled saying to Scales, “Don’t touch my (expletive) signs, or I’ll call the cops and turn you in.”
Scales also said several of Maycock’s signs were in the city easements, prompting city workers to pull them up.
Maycock alleged that Scales admitted to pulling up his political signs, an action Maycock called “low” and “negative.”
Maycock acknowledged that his campaign signs were put in places without permission. Maycock said his volunteers were provided with the sign ordinance for San Marcos. However, he said, “mistakes” were still made.
Maycock said a belief that his campaign is supported by current councilmember and lone candidate for Place 6 John Thomaides caused volunteers to inadvertently place signs where Thomaides had signs. Maycock said his volunteers thought that was appropriate, but “it’s in the process of being corrected.”
Said Maycock about his discussion with Scales, “Words were exchanged. Because (Scales) admitted to pulling up my signs, I told him that I would call the cops and report him if I saw my (political) signs pulled up … I served my country, I’ve risked my life for my country, and all I want to do now is serve the community in which I live in. All my opponent (Coppoletta) is trying to do is cause new problems instead of solving the problems we already have in the community.”
Maycock added that “filing false police reports is not politics this city needs.”
Said Scales, “I understand the gravity of filing a false police report. I would not be here if he didn’t threaten me … It’s too bad that it happened. I was totally thrown off by it.”
Scales said he would have not pursued the matter so far as to file a police report, but, Scales said, he became concerned after looking at Maycock’s MySpace (social networking site) profile. Scales said the profile features guns, which Scales called “a cause for concern.”
Maycock’s MySpace profile does include a picture of three handguns on a carpeted floor in his personal pictures file, along with cartoon-imaged guns on his visible profile. Maycock said that it is not a cause for concern.
“Big deal,” Maycock said. “I think everyone should own a gun, or be familiar with them, and know gun safety … I’m a member of the NRA (National Rifle Association), a former marine, and an avid hunter. Of course I’m gonna be interested in guns. I’m a huge sportsman. I love hunting. I got my first gun when I was five years old, and learned everything about them, including safety.”
As if to thicken the plot, Maycock alleged that the Coppoletta campaign is harassing him and his fiancé by following her around and taking pictures of her.
“That’s totally fabricated,” Scales said. “I don’t know what she looks like.”
Scales said he would take a lie-detector test on all the issues raised stemming from Friday’s incident, and challenged Maycock to do the same.Email | Print