political consultant Tom Severson, whose real problem with Monahan was that he was too good a lawyer, and one who dared beat him in a disturbing unemployment compensation case that exposed Severson's bizarre knife fetish. It made no difference to Severson that Monahan was, like him a Republican. It made no difference to Severson that Monahan, unlike him, did most of his political lawyering pro bono. Yesterday, thanks to a decision by a seven-judge Commonwealth Court panel, Severson lost his bid for $1.2 million in political consulting work from the State Senate GOP, after they stopped using him. The Court cites sovereign immunity. But Severson did it to himself.
Not too long after the Monahan smear, in December of that year, Severson disrupted a funeral mass at which the Council member Ron Angle was one of the congregants. Spying Angle, Severson stood up and went to work. "Fuck you!," he shouted in the middle of a Catholic church, "I'm going to kick your ass in the parking lot." He gave Angle the second finger salute and threatened an eighty year-old gentleman who asked him to knock it off.
After the funeral mass, Scissorhands Severson did tear off after Angle, but Ron was in his big-ass truck, waving good-bye as Severson chased after him like a barking dog.
That's when the state Attorney General started paying attention to Severson. Not only was the consultant prosecuted and convicted over the funeral fracas, but his dirty campaign tactics came under scrutiny. The King of Sleazeball Politics was charged and copped a plea to deceptive campaign finance reports.
That ended his career, although his name popped up recently in the Bob Donchez Mayoral race.
Severson's sleazy tactics ended up costing him his job with the state GOP caucus.
Sovereign immunity has a nice ring, but Severson lost out on that dough because he is an asshole.