Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/23/2013 07:48:38 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO — An investigation has concluded that the man who was videotaped making misleading statements in an apparent effort to recall Councilwoman Wendy McCammack worked for a subcontractor affiliated with the main recall group, and he and any signatures he collected have been removed from the field, campaign manager Michael McKinney said Tuesday.

“The individual misrepresented himself and our committee in the video, and we are angry and appalled by the unethical approach he used with a resident,” McKinney said in a statement. “We are confident this is an isolated incident and not a reflection of the character of other signature gatherers. Further, we are taking action with the firm contracted to acquire signatures, to ensure that such an incident remains isolated.”

The video, recorded July 13 and posted to YouTube late Saturday, shows a man identifying himself as Sean Simpson saying he was collecting signatures to get McCammack “back on the council” in response to another group recalling her. In fact, he was carrying petitions to recall McCammack.

McKinney and others had suggested the video may have been staged by recall opponents. Over the phone Tuesday, he said something still seems off about the recording.

“It still, in my mind, seems awfully contrived and set up, but I don’t know the nature of it,” McKinney said.

Simpson had worked for the group only a short time, turning in two batches of signatures that will not be counted, according to McKinney.

McCammack said she was skeptical one signature-gatherer’s petitions could be so easily isolated.

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