Although many of us are enjoying the Labor Day weekend holidays with friends & family, one of the most interesting news items for politicos this weekend could be unfolding right now for Democratic politicians across the state.
As reported by the Associated Press, longtime Democratic operative Kinde Durkee was arrested on Friday by FBI agents on suspicion of mail fraud. Durkee, as any of our liberal, Democratic friends would tell you, has been the campaign treasurer for hundreds of candidates and elected officials across California for decades. Her client list extends to 113 separate committees for left-leaning candidates, PACs, and causes.
According to the AP, the state FPPC (Fair Political Practices Commission) has had to come down on her multiple times for failing to report transactions. San Diego’s Ethics Commission has even dinged her for similar offenses.
Talk about guilt by association, folks. The hit piece potential from this could upend many established Democrats up and down the state, notably in the Los Angeles/Orange County area. The full list of clients can be found here, thanks to our friends at Sacramento Bee.
Durkee’s web of clients even extends down to us in America’s Finest County. One of those San Diego-based candidates/electeds who hired Durkee is none other than South Bay’s evenly sketchy Arlie Ricasa — as if there’s not enough dirt on her already. Birds of a feather, right?
Durkee is expected to make her first appearance in court on Tuesday.
We’ll have updates for you on this as the story unfolds.