That collective gasp you heard from certain Republicans mid-afternoon on Thursday, April 29 was due to learning that the Lincoln Club of San Diego County had endorsed a Democrat. In this case, it’s Fourth District City Councilmember Tony Young. You can read the formal announcement here.
I’m all about it. While it’s true that you’d be hard pressed to find anyone that’s not a conservative Republican among the Lincoln Club membership (except perhaps a token Libertarian or two), the club isn’t a Republican organization. President & CEO T.J. Zane tells me he has to correct people (especially news media) on this frequently.
Young is an incumbent who doesn’t face much of a serious challenger, but it’s still smart thinking of the Lincoln Club and savvy positioning emphasizing its “pro-business” credentials.