A Con Man For Congress?

Congress is drawing legendary bad approval numbers from a weary public, and a special election in Oregon isn’t making voters much better about the dismal state of Congress. Congressman David Wu had to resign his office in disgrace after months of very weird personal conduct including some serious allegations of improper sexual conduct after he was accused of making unwanted sexual advances on the teenage daughter of an important campaign donor. That’s one heck of a way to repay a favor, huh? Wu had previously been accused of a sexual assault on a former girlfriend while he attended Stanford, but survived politically when this old story resurfaced in 2004 three weeks before the election. Voters had hoped the problems with Wu were in the past. Apparently they certainly weren’t.

In the last election Wu defeated Tualatin businessman Rob Cornilles by a handy margin. This year, Cornilles hopes to take Wu’s old seat by selling himself as a successful businessman who has supposedly created 500 jobs according to his campaign claims. In his campaign ads, Cornilles is photographed in large warehouse with busy activity. It’s all set to make the false impression that this big and busy company somehow is the big 500 employee company that Cornilles is bragging about in his campaign ads. To hear Cornilles describe himself, you’d expect him to be the next Bill Gates. Unfortunately all of this appears to be a complete myth. Cornilles is hardly the success that he claims to be.

It appears according to state tax records that Cornilles has just 6 employees for his Game Face, a sports ticket telemarketing business. And Cornilles no longer even even has this business registered with the state of Oregon either. Voters are probably scratching their heads how some telemarketing business that lists just 6 employees is somehow represented as a 500 employee company in Cornilles ads. Even worse, it appears that Game Face no longer even has a business office, and the six employees of Game Face largely work from their homes as telemarketers. The big company featured in the ads that Cornilles runs apparently isn’t Game Face, but some other business. Nothing is as Cornilles claims.

Even worse for Cornilles is that he run some sort of telemarketing training school course for a while charging persons around $1400 to be able to take telemarketing jobs. That telemarketing training school course is now closed down. But, some former employees of Cornilles filed labor complaints claiming that they weren’t paid any wages for 11 weeks working for him as a telemarketer, and further had to pay about $1400 for his telemarketing training course.

Cornilles also has had some back tax problems as well, owing the IRS around $83,000 in unpaid taxes. He claims that this was the result of some problems with a past bookkeeper, yet all of these problems only seem to point to someone nearly as questionable as David Wu, who he hopes to replace.

Cornilles talks a good game. But, the reality is that he constructs some mythical world for his Game Face business. He claims to be some huge job creator, yet former “employees” file complaints with the state for unpaid work as telemarketer of all things. And Cornilles is hardly any self made man, as much of his claimed wealth is actually all money that belongs to his wife. He’s a former small time actor, who know how to sell himself. But, it appears that nothing is what it seems with him.

Meanwhile , who wants to pay $1400 to learn to be a telemarketer? Who wants to buy some ocean front property in Arizona?

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  • Anonymous

    You are exposing yourself as a shameless toady for the Democrat machine, Paul.  You spend a lot of wind attacking him with rather tired as well as cut and pasted attacks and not a whit of time exposing the nasty Democratic machine that Suzanne is a major part of, including propping up WU for years with her husband until it was decided to throw him under the bus.  She’s just another lawyer turned professional legislator, the kind both Tea Party and Occupy folks deride.  Don’t expect anything from her but more big machine politics that cares not a whit for the electorate other than for their votes.  A vote for her is a vote for more “government business as usual.”

    Its a tough race trying to figure out if any of the candidates deserve a vote.   Crappy electioneering attempting to masquerade as analysis isn’t helping.

  • Paul Hooson

    No. I don’t like telemarketers. They tell people anything. If a telemarketer ever told you the truth, then they’d probably tell a lie to cover it up. Interestingly, even the Bible holds liars in such low esteem that it says that they “will all have their place in the lake of fire”

    Truthfully,  I do split up my own votes in elections as well. I don’t like my own Congressman very much, who just happens to be a Democrat, and have never voted for him. And if I would have lived in this Congressional district with Wu and Cornilles, I wouldn’t have voted for either one. Congress has such a low rating because these offices attract too many crazies, unlike higher offices where the talent pool is far better.

    I just can’t imagine someone so pathological that they claim to have 500 employees, when they only have 6. Or featuring scenes inside a plant meant to be misrepresented as the business Cornilles owns with a Hyster unit moving around merchandise, when there actually is no office for his real business, and the business is no longer even registered with the Oregon Secretary Of State as a real business. If a candidate would lie about their military history, that would actually be a crime. But lying about their business isn’t.The only time that lying about a business is a crime is if Cornilles made such claims on a loan application, otherwise it’s perfectly legal for him to make any sort of absurd claim he wants. But, it sure isn’t ethical in my view.  

    The fact of the matter is that many candidates of both political parties really suck big time. That’s the honest truth. There’s an old joke—–“Don’t vote…..It only encourages them”.

    • Anonymous

      The “claiming to have 500 employees”  

      link please to his real statement (which was more to the effect that he has been part of getting 500 folks employed in OR, which was also a gross exaggeration)

      You could have heard a pin drop during your response to my accusations about Suzanne.  Her campaign statements are also full of self-aggrandizing statements that are about as laughable as his.  

      So where does that leave us:

      Which is worse, a guy with a feeble past of self-promotion but fairly consistent ideals, or a deep Democratic attorney operative whose only jobs were government related and with shady links to the suppression of Wu rape charges and other debacles for decades?

  • Paul Hooson

    Hello, Doc. I don’t live in the district, so thankfully I don’t have to choose the lesser of two evils here. The story only ran here because it’s another good scandal story. Yet another politician is disgracing this district, this time by absurdly misleading the public about his business, which he choose to make a campaign issue. THE OREGONIAN and other mainstream newspapers are the source of the facts about Cornilles and his absurd claims here. My personal inclination is that if some politician is a lying sack of shit before they’re even elected, then they only grow far worse in office. I got stung that way when I worked for President Nixon as a 17 year old. Look what happened to that guy.

    I’m not sure the public can really wrap their finger around your feelings about Cornilles opponent’s role keeping Wu in office. That might be a little bit too conceptual for a Website that really just deals in more overt scandal. But, my impression is that many people won’t vote in this district because they find both candidates so wholly unacceptable.

    The seat in Congress actually shouldn’t matter to either political party either. The Republicans still hold Congress regardless of who wins this seat. But, my inclination is that the Republicans had a perfect opportunity to pick up a seat here, but probably blew it by allowing an absurd candidate to represent them. My inclination is also that the Republicans had a perfect opportunity to win the presidency this year, but will blow that opportunity as well. But, I have to hand it to Newt Gingrich to blame the news-media because he had an 8 year affair with a mistress. That’s an unbelievably skilled politician who can sell that big of a load of shit to the voting public, and enough rubes believe it. That’s also the very same guy who spearheaded the drive to impeach Clinton because of his own mistress scandal. The more I hear of politicians of both parties, the more I hate them all.

    At any rate, Wizbang Pop is scandal news, not really politics news. Look at the Gary Glitter story we ran here. A disgraced rock star, twice sent to prison for crimes against children might be attempting a comeback of all things. The story about Cornilles is a good one because he’s such a silly candidate here, I ran a story on Wu’s scandal before, so covering this latest scandal for this district only seemed to be a logical next step. I’m sorry if it seemed like a dislike one party more than the other party. The real truth is that I dislike both political parties. But, they make for good scandal news stories here.