From my post at FlashReport…
Although I might put it a tad more tactfully then “Criticus” did (below) on San Diego Rostra this morning (see Campaign Money in Assembly 77 Race), the overall message is similar for those vying in the open Joel Anderson State Assembly seat:
Uhhhh, you’d better step it up. That is, if you want to be taken seriously.
Liking and trusting more than one of them, I stated several months ago that my support for any particular candidate may be dependent on how they are doing financially at the end of the 2009.
First sign that none may be doing very well? Easy. No press releases or early touting of financial disclosures. I had to wait all of January.
The jury is still out. Plus, getting hungry and irritable. The reports speak very…ummm…quietly:
Santee Councilman Brian Jones
Raised – $22,625.00
Cash on Hand – $20,878.96
Raised – $26,891.00
Cash on Hand – $7,112.34
El Cajon Councilman Bill Wells
Raised – $24,294.00
Cash on Hand – $13,313.47
I would take a nap now, but a little more to report, in that the fourth previously announced Republican candidate, former school trustee Jeff Kover, has dropped out of the 77th race…
Due to personal and professional obligations that cannot be set aside, I am withdrawing from the race for the 77th Assembly seat. The events of this past month have made me realize more than ever that my primary obligations of being a high school vice-principal and a husband and father don’t always allow the time necessary to devote to an active and successful campaign.
I am heartened by and grateful to all who have endorsed my campaign and supported it. To all who gave advice, money, and time, thank you. I am also encouraged that regardless of the outcome of this race, the East County will continue to have a strong conservative voice in Sacramento. My best wishes go to all of the candidates.