The Republican Party of San Diego County revealed its campaign strategy for the San Diego City Council District 6 race in a document filed last week in federal court.
The filing—a declaration from the party's treasurer, April Boling—says the party wants to double candidate Lorie Zapf's war chest with a $20,000 contribution, which would put her on equal footing as “frontrunner” (Boling's words, not ours) Howard Wayne, a Democratic former Assembly member. The GOP plans to pay workers to go door-to-door on Zapf's behalf and use its offices to phone-bank for the candidate.
The Republicans have also set aside a measly $5,000 for Adrian Vazquez, a conservative on an impossible mission to succeed Ben Hueso in the heavily Democratic City Council District 8.
All of that is contingent on whether the court lifts the city's restriction on donations from parties to candidates. The court already knocked down the rule but left it temporarily effective until the City Council approves new rules allowing donations with caps. That hasn't happened, but the council was set to discuss it after our deadline on April 27.
“We are 110 percent committed to Lorie Zapf and will vigorously support her in every way that we can,” County GOP chair Tony Krvaric tells CityBeat—a silly remark, really, since it implies that the Republicans will violate any limit set by the city by 10 percent.
In addition to 10 turds (one for each percentage point), the Republicans win a bouquet of roses for clearly taking aggressive measures to conquer ground in 2010—including a plan to promote Zapf from loony long-shot to a genuine contender.
Up or up?
At a debate featuring county sheriff hopefuls held at the swanky University Club in downtown San Diego on April 23, Jim Duffy, a Republican police veteran looking to take down Sheriff Bill Gore, implied that violent crime has increased under Gore's watch.
“You heard that violent crime, or crime in the region, is down here in San Diego. Well, let me set that record straight,” he declared. “SANDAG reports that the violent crime in the areas served by the Sheriff's Department increased 13 percent over last year.”
That claim earns Duffy 13 turds for misrepresenting the data: The SANDAG (San Diego Association of Governments) stats, based on FBI data, covers mid-year 2008 through mid-year 2009, which is only half of “last year.”
Perhaps Duffy should acquaint himself with a little thing called the Automated Regional Justice Information System, SANDAG's official, interactive crime-statistic database.
According to ARJIS (crimestats.arjis.org), the violent-crime rate did increase in 2009—but only by 7 percent. However, Gore wasn't appointed sheriff until late June. So, under Gore's command—July 2009 through February 2010—the violent-crime rate increased by only 2.8 percent over the same period a year earlier.
And besides, Gore isn't Tom Cruise in Minority Report—short of hiring a team of clairvoyants, we're not exactly sure how the county can prevent violent crimes before they happen.
The sheriff-race debate also allowed Gore and a third candidate, Jay LaSuer, a chance to earn some turds. The candidates took the debate's unique format—in which they were allowed to ask each other questions—as an opportunity to take cheap shots at opponents.
LaSuer, a former state Assembly member, brought up Gore's involvement as a high-level FBI agent at Ruby Ridge, the controversial 1992 siege on a mountain cabin in Northern Idaho. Gore attempted to tie LaSuer to the controversial reign of Sheriff Jim Roach, jail escapes and an ancient personnel scandal. Not to be outdone, LaSuer brought up Gore's time as head of San Diego's FBI office, when two soon-to-be 9/11 hijackers were living in Clairemont.
After the debate, a few attendees complained about the candidates' bickering. It made for great entertainment, one woman said, “but it didn't compel me to vote for either of them.”
Both candidates win a turd apiece for turning off a voter.
A dandelion* goes to Francine Busby, a Democratic candidate for the 50th Congressional District seat, for jumping on a ridiculous statement dropped by the Republican incumbent, Rep. Brian Bilbray, on MSNBC's Hardball.
In discussing Arizona's recently enacted anti-immigration law, Bilbray said that police can identify illegal immigrants by their clothes, “right down to the shoes.”
“Almost all my clients wear Nikes,” San Diego immigration attorney Nora E. Milner tells CityBeat. “Is there a more stupid measure of a person?”
Another immigration attorney, Steve Seick, tallied his clients' shoes for us: flip-flops, Ugg boots, Mary Jane flats—and black dress shoes, which is what Bilbray is wearing in most of the images we turned up on Google, including ones where he's touring disaster areas.
Bilbray also wears brown loafers, so maybe there is something to his claim: His shoes certainly fit our profile for out-of-touch Republican.
* The dandelion was used to describe undocumented migrants in Brooklyn Judge John Wilson's inflammatory, anti-immigration children's book, Hot House Flowers.
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Correction: Nora A. Milner's name was misspelled and it has been corrected.