Heard on the Hill: The Spamming Staffer Strikes

Posted November 19, 2010 at 5:39pm

Looks like Paul Kincaid is at it again. Kincaid, a flack for Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), is again being accused of misusing the Democratic press secretaries’ listserv.

A Democratic aide with access to the e-mail list tells HOH that Kincaid has been annoying his colleagues for six months by filling their inboxes with “crazy liberal commentary” and “convoluted messaging ideas.”

“Some staffers have even gone so far as to set up a filter to redirect his e-mails to their spam folders,” the aide says. “Those of us who aren’t so Outlook-savvy just use them for comic relief. Send it to the Progressive Caucus list, Paul.”

Traditionally, the mailing list is used as a resource for press secretaries to share information or get contact information for reporters, not as a forum for personal political views. Kincaid declined to comment for this story.

This isn’t the first time Kincaid has irritated colleagues via e-mail: In October, he e-mailed the listserv asking for suggestions about where a colleague could buy University of Michigan gear.