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May 16, 2011 - 5:15pm

Davis campaign, Bellevia, offers $5K reward for person revealing Corwin staffer's location

posted by Howard B. Owens in Jack Davis, NY-26, Jane Corwin.

Michael Mallia is a wanted man. He's a wanted man in Western New York and a wanted man in Florida.

Mallia is the man behind the camera in a controversial video produced by the Erie County GOP in an attempt to discredit Jack Davis, a registered Republican running for congress on his self-made Tea Party line.

The Davis campaign announced today, in conjunction with David Bellavia, that veterans in Western New York are willing to pay a $5,000 bounty for a media interview with Mallia, who has allegedly been spirited away by the GOP to an undisclosed location in Florida.

Of course, no credible media organization is going to accept cash for a conducting a news interview, but a wanted poster published on wheresmallia.com was clearly created with tongue implanted in cheek.

Though, a footnote on the poster says, "This is not a joke. This is a serious offer and the reward may be collected."

From Bellavia's press release:

"Jane Corwin's legislative chief of staff is wanted by the military veterans of Western New York for disrupting our meeting last week, mocking a moment of silence for combat casualties, attacking a 78 year-old Marine, and working on a political campaign while being paid by New York State taxpayers," decorated combat veteran David Bellavia said. "Now Corwin has sent Mallia to Florida in an attempt to hide him and the unedited video from reporters, because she doesn't want the truth to come out before Election Day: her staff chief followed a Marine and called him a coward to create an incident."

The reward, apparently, could be paid to anybody who just lets a media outlet know where Mallia is, leading to a published interview.

Full press release after the jump:

(BATAVIA, NY) - The special election in New York's 26th Congressional District is now being played out in Florida. Vacationers and locals there are being asked to find Michael Mallia, the chief of staff to Jane Corwin, a candidate for Congress in New York's 26th Congressional District - and veterans in Florida have offered a $5,000 reward to anyone who finds the politico on-the-lam.

"Jane Corwin's legislative chief of staff is wanted by the military veterans of Western New York for disrupting our meeting last week, mocking a moment of silence for combat casualties, attacking a 78 year-old Marine, and working on a political campaign while being paid by New York State taxpayers," decorated combat veteran David Bellavia said. "Now Corwin has sent Mallia to Florida in an attempt to hide him and the unedited video from reporters, because she doesn't want the truth to come out before Election Day: her staff chief followed a Marine and called him a coward to create an incident."

Twenty three year old Mallia attacked Jack Davis, Corwin's Tea Party opponent, in a political dirty trick at a veterans event last week. Mallia has video of the attack that reporters in Western New York are demanding, but Corwin's campaign sent him to Florida to hide him and the video from the media. (See: http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/questions-linger-about-second-tape-c...)

To facilitate the manhunt, Bellavia also announced that Florida veterans who served with him in Iraq have launched www.WheresMallia.com, where Floridians can download a WANTED poster with recent photos of the Corwin staffer to aid in their search. WheresMallia.com sent emails over the weekend to 25,000 veterans and Tea Party activists in the Sunshine State to inform them of the search and reward. Broadcast-quality video of the poster plastered at beaches, pools and marinas on both coasts of Florida is available here: http://vimeo.com/23776422
"How does a candidate for public office send her taxpayer-funded chief of staff out to disrupt a veterans event?" Bellavia asked. "This shows Jane Corwin's lack of judgment and indicates she can't be trusted to work on behalf of veterans in Washington."

WheresMallia.com will pay the $5,000 reward to the person who finds Mallia and helps organize a media interview of the political fugitive. The bounty expires on Election Day, May 24th.

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The more that is learned about the recent alleged “assault” by Tea Party Candidate Jack Davis on Republican candidate Jane Corwin’s chief-of-staff Michael Mallia , the more implausible it becomes. It's time to hear from Mallia about who put him up to this stunt, who knew and when. The explanation tendered by Corwin that she had no knowledge of what happened defies credibility. Further questions put to Erie County GOP Chairman Nicholas Langworthy regarding the incident add up to a campaign dirty trick straight out Karl Rove’s handbook of political dirty tricks. Rove has a long documented history of orchestrating this kind of staged event, as well as having his minions smearing veterans who have served their country in past campaigns. He orchestrated the slurs against John McCain in 2000 questioning his temperament and fitness, the disgusting campaign of outright lies against Max Cleland a man who left three limbs on the battle field, and let’s not forget the swift boat campaign against John Kerry, all men who served their country with honor and distinction only to have a chicken hawk like Karl Rove. Karl Rove a who man successfully avoided military service, lead smear campaigns questioning the patriotism of those who did. It is disturbing that the same day Karl Rove’s Crossroads group comes from the outside the Corwin chief-of-staff is harassing was calling a Marine Corps veteran Jack Davis a coward at an event that was held to honor our military veterans and had the names of those who gave their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan from the community read aloud followed by a moment of silence where the same Corwin staffers were heard giggling and making comments during the ceremony. It is even more disturbing that Jane Corwin would seek out the like of Rove to come into our community to ply his brand of foul play. It might be a joke to Jane Corwin, Nicholas Langworthy, Karl Rove and the Corwin campaign staff, but to my fellow veterans it is an insult and reminds those of us who served during the Viet Nam era of the name calling and taunts that followed Jane Fonda calling American military members cowards and baby killers while standing atop a T-10 tank in Hanoi. Veterans by and large don't ask for much other than what we have been promised and a little respect for those who have fallen while in harms way in service to our country.
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Get in the car Howard. Five G's could cover most of your nut for a month. Or, send one of your top notch interns and share the loot.
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I got 4 words for you....Dog The Bounty Hunter
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Mikey Mallia is NOT in Florida. He is hiding in his mother's closet.

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