Capitol Alert: Maviglio finds comfort in Clinton aide Huma Abedin

lrosen@sacbee.comAugust 20, 2013 

Huma Abedin, left, consults with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at a meeting in New York. Abedin is deputy chief of staff under Clinton.

PABLO MARTINEZ MONSIVAIS — AP file, 2011

Communications pro Steven Maviglio was not thrilled when he wound up on the front page of The Sacramento Bee earlier this month, the focus of a story that raised questions about his dual roles working for both Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez and various interest groups that lobby the Legislature.

The story renewed criticism from Maviglio rival Jamie Court, who sent out a press release saying he'd asked the Fair Political Practices Commission to review whether Maviglio "broke the law by having economic interests as a private consultant on legislation while influencing Assembly decisions about that legislation, and for holding stock in fracking companies while influencing anti-fracking legislation."

Maviglio took to Twitter to complain that he was not having a good day. Then came an unflattering editorial and a Jack Ohman cartoon that portrayed Maviglio as a dog named "Spinner."

Things perked up for him this weekend though, when the New York Times wrote a story about Huma Abedin, the wife of New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner who was a top aide to Hillary Clinton when she was Secretary of State. The story questioned Abedin's dual roles working for both the State Department and a consulting firm with private-sector clients.

"I'm in good company," Maviglio told The Bee this week. "If it's good enough for the State Department, it's good enough for the Legislature."

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