SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — In late September, Republican candidate for mayor of Chula Vista, John McCann, held a press conference to announce that he had hired a private investigator to track down his Democratic opponent, Ammar Campa-Najjar.
The purpose of the “investigation” was to prove to voters that Campa-Najjar is not a resident of the city of Chula Vista. McCann’s findings revealed that Ammar Campa-Najjar was staying at his girlfriend’s condo in Bankers Hill, for 32 consecutive nights.
McCann provided KUSI with 15 minutes of footage showing Campa-Najjar, often with his girlfriend Congresswoman Sara Jacobs, entering and leaving the Banker’s Hill building. KUSI has decided not to post this footage as it is a bit intrusive.
Campa-Najjar called McCann’s investigation a “circus show,” but it didn’t end there. This week, McCann sent KUSI a new allegation that Campa-Najjar is violating election law by failing to declare the Tesla he is driving as an in-kind gift because it is registered by his girlfriend, Sara Jacobs.
Campa-Najjar and appeared on KUSI’s Good Evening San Diego on Monday to respond to McCann’s latest attack, which he called a “desperate attempt at a dying campaign”, as he added that he did not believe that voters cared about that stuff. Campa-Najjar’s full interview from Monday can be seen here.
With the election a month away, Ammar Campa-Najjar has hit back at John McCann because he says McCann himself violated election law. Campa-Najjar points out that McCann paid a private investigator $1,000 for 32 days of work, which must be well below market rate given the investigator’s career.
Campa-Najjar says the fair market value of Lawrence Hamilton’s investigative work was expected to exceed $1,000 for that period, so McCann “received an in-kind contribution from the SIU in the form of heavily priced investigative services. reduced. Nonetheless, “McCann did not report any in-kind contributions from the SIU on the pre-election statement he filed on September 29, 2022.”
In fairness, KUSI’s Logan Byrnes asked McCann about the Campa-Najjar charges, just as he asked Campa-Najjar about the McCann charges on Monday.
McCann denied paying only $1,000, but his wife said so during their press conference about Campa-Najjar’s stay at his girlfriend’s house in Banker’s Hill.
McCann went on to stress his priorities if elected mayor of Chula Vista, including lowering the cost of living and increasing the number of police officers in the city by more than 25 percent.
McCann’s $1,000 receipt for the work of private investigator Lawrence Hamilton can be viewed below, on page 29, Appendix F.
McCann’s own report proves he lied to KUSI in this interview about how much he paid the private investigator for “opposition research”.
Cover page of John McCann’s campaign statement