No. 61: Capitol Weekly’s Top 100

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61. Steve Maviglio

Longtime Democratic consultant Steve Maviglio runs Forza Communications and advises both political and commercial clients. He was a spokesman for former Gov. Gray Davis, and deputy chief of staff to Assembly Speakers Fabián Núñez and Karen Bass, and was a communications consultant for a third, John Pérez. Earlier, in Washington, Maviglio was executive director of the House Democratic Caucus – and thereby hangs a tale. In June, Maviglio roughly inserted himself into the national dialogue by castigating Rahul Dubey, the man who won wide acclaim for allowing 70 protesters to shelter from alleged police violence in his home – a home Maviglio purchased during his DC days and now rents to Dubey. Maviglio’s “A real hero pays his rent” tweet (and follow ups) set off a storm of fiery criticism and the story made it into the Washington Post and Esquire, among others. The controversy led to calls for him to be removed from the boards of CADA and Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op; the Co-op went so far as to ask for his resignation, but as of this writing, Maviglio is staying put.

Updated Aug. 11, 2020

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