As noted in the post below it looks like District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis is in. The emails swirling around town this morning also mentioned that she hired GOP consultant Kevin Spillane from Sacramento to run her race. In the past Dumanis used Democrat consultant Jennifer Tierney, who is also the consultant for the Firefighter’s Union. Does this mean that the firefighters are backing Dumanis and that we should expect independent expenditures from them? Unknown.
Another interesting note is that the firefighters recently broke away from the the San Diego – Imperial Labor Council. That strikes a pretty hard blow to the Labor Council in terms of money available to spend. It would be worth reading why this split happened. Rumor is it was not a amicable divorce. One thought is that the Labor Council backs Congressman Bob Filner for San Diego Mayor. Filner has been on the phone quite a bit over the past few weeks rounding up support – so it’s probable that he’s in. If he is in would that mean State Senator “landslide” Juan Vargas runs for Congress? There has been some scuttle-butt, after Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher’s press conference with the unions last week, that he was labor’s pick. I find that pretty hard to believe.
Republican San Diego Councilman Kevin Faulconer has also been on the phone, putting his feelers out for support. As has Democrat State Senator Christine Kehoe. The word on the streets with Kehoe’s new interest is there is a “anyone but that SOB Filner” move within the Democrats. That wouldn’t be surprising since Filner is… difficult.