Don't tell San Diego City Councilmembers Donna Frye or Scott Peters, but apparently lunch with Mike Aguirre is worth a thousand bucks. That's how much a noontime meal with Aguirre went for in a silent auction at a San Diego County Democratic Party fundraiser held last Saturday.
Aguirre out-earned the combined winning bids for a slew of local politicos, including Frye ($150), Congresswoman Susan Davis ($175), City Councilmember Toni Atkins ($100) and state Assemblymember Lori Saldaña ($110).
The winning bidder was too shy to talk to CityBeat, but county Democratic Party chair Jess Durfee said the bid was the result of a fundraising drive within a fundraising drive. The winner had solicited donations from friends and co-workers so she could bid on lunch with the apparently esteemed City Attorney.
Aguirre informed CityBeat about the auction in a Sunday afternoon telephone call as a way of illustrating a larger point: The public considers him one of the good guys amid a culture of malfeasance in San Diego.
Actually, he may want to consider using an auction system to retire his $588,000 2004 campaign debt. If he can auction himself off for 588 more lunches at $1,000 a lunch each, he should be able to retire his debt by Oct. 29, 2008.
Wait-that would be illegal under city law. Let's see here-OK, he can pay off his debt on July 12, 2012 by taking in the maximum $300 per person.