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Minor figure in Perzel case finds work - with Phila. GOP

Donald McClintock, a low-level campaign aide to former state House Speaker John Perzel before both pleaded guilty to criminal charges, has landed a new job — with the Republican city committee.

Minor figure in Perzel case finds work — with Phila. GOP

Donald McClintock, a low-level campaign aide to former state House Speaker John Perzel before both pleaded guilty to criminal charges, has landed a new job — with the Republican city committee.

State Rep. John Taylor, who took over in May as the Philadelphia GOP’s chairman, confirmed Monday that McClintock had been hired to do voter turnout and related work in advance of the Nov. 5 election.

The party’s latest campaign finance report listed a $1,500 payment to McClintock in September. Taylor said he was working on a contract basis and his situation would be reevaluated after the election.

“Don is a good guy [who] got caught up in doing what he was told to do and he paid the price,” Taylor said. “I knew him a long time ago and I’m trying to give him a chance to start over.”

In August 2011, McClintock pleaded guilty to a single count of conspiracy for his role in a scheme prosecutors said Perzel orchestrated — to use taxpayer-financed computer services to support Republican political campaigns. Perzel pleaded guilty in 2012 to eight counts of theft, conspiracy and conflict of interest and is serving two and a half to five years in state prison.

McClintock, a resident of Voorhees in Camden County, was sentenced in 2012 to 2 1/2 years’ probation. The prosecutor, then-Chief Deputy Attorney General Frank Fina, described him at sentencing as a minor player in the scheme and said his cooperation had helped prosecutors make their case.

— Bob Warner

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