|Trapped in a false statement regarding pay disparities|
ADDA President Hyatt Seligman was forced to "clarify"
that he was not making a fair or valid comparison.
If Seligman thought he had the "Gotcha!" answer to the Met News reporter's question, he was wrong. Another detail Seligman, perhaps conveniently, omitted was that the Long Beach City Attorney's Office does not employ entry level prosecutors, but only recruits experienced attorneys. It is fairly obvious that a comparison between a entry level Grade I Los Angeles DDA to an experienced Long Beach City Attorney is completely misleading.
Whether Seligman just made a foolish, rash misstatement based on a lack of knowledge and research, or whether he deliberately lied to create the false impression that there was a substantial pay disparity is doubtless going to be a matter of opinion.
Some might say that as Seligman ramps up his efforts to secure an agency shop that would force all DDAs to pay dues to his ADDA union, he is cynically trying to manipulate younger DDAs into believing that his ADDA union can somehow rectify what he described as an "unfair" pay disparity.
If it was a ploy to engender dissent and curry support for the agency shop, it failed miserably. If it was a stupid mistake resulting from a lack of research and preparation, it perhaps provides the clearest evidence of Seligman's unsuitability for a leadership position when dealing with the interests of the 1,000 prosecutors he aspires to represent.
Credibility is everything for a prosecutor, and having a leader who either made a deliberate misstatement, or was simply recklessly false, sets an appalling image for DDAs. Seligman should resign as his "clarification" just dug him deeper into the dirt, and will drag DDAs down with him.