Which is the most effective endorsement in East County?
If you said “The Republican Party of San Diego County,” you’d be wrong; it has a net favorable rating of just 3.6 percent. The Deputy Sheriffs Assocation, with a net favorable rating of 30.8 percent, is the most effective endorsement in East County and it declared war on Carl DeMaio’s bid for Congress. DSA President David Leonhardi released a letter to the media, denouncing DeMaio’s campaign and highlighting three points:
1- It wasn’t a “partisan decision” — The DSA endorses mostly Republican candidates for office.
2- DeMaio’s survey suggests that only 3.5 percent of voters actually choose DeMaio.
3- The DSA-PAC is the most trusted source of political information in East County.
Retired Navy Seal Larry Wilske was the first Republican candidate to announce for the 50th. He remarked that the DSA is popular because its members interact with the District’s voters on a daily basis. “Geographically, most of the District is served by the Sheriff’s Department. In Alpine, Ramona, Julian, Santee, Valley Center, Fallbrook, and out where I live, Descanso/PineValley, voters see a Deputy Sheriff every single day. The deputies are our neighbors. We see them at Church, we see them at the grocery store, we see them at coffee shops.”
Wilske said that reaffirms his belief that DeMaio is a poor fit for the District. After Congressman Darrell Issa announced his campaign to represent the 50th Congressional District, Wilske and three other Republicans in the race dropped out and endorsed Issa. The Deputy Sheriffs Association has endorsed both Brian Jones and Darrell Issa in the past (for different offices).
The Deputy Sheriffs Association didn’t endorse anybody for the 50th Congressional District in 2018. Neither did the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce (ranked third in credibility in the linked poll). The Republican Party of San Diego County endorsed incumbent Duncan Hunter in 2018 and plans to vote on an endorsement for 2020 in early October.
Read the entire letter from the Deputy Sheriffs Assocation at www.AnybodyButCarl.com