SD Rostra

Various Items of Note: New Majority, Garrick-Hodges Blow-Up, Slater-Price’s Problem

ITEM 1: CHANGES AT THE NEW MAJORITY. Sounds like the San Diego New Majority is in the midst of a staff change. Current staffer Doug Sain, who has served in the position for a couple of years, is either moving on or acting as an adviser in a different capacity (conflicting stories). The replacement will be John Cross. I don’t know Mr. Cross but wish him the best of luck…

ITEM 2: BLOW UP IN THE NORTH. As touched on by “Northpole” yesterday there is an ongoing blow up between Assemblyman Martin Garrick and San Diego County Republican Party Vice Chairman Sherry Hodges, who is running for his north county seat. The issue – clarified today in an email – concerns Hodges’ comments in conversations with potential donors and endorsers that Garrick supports her running or supports her candidacy. To clear it up: at this point it’s obvious he does not. Garrick did however say at a public forum that he ‘supports’ Assembly candidate Marie Waldron. It’s likely or possible that Hodges and Waldron will face off for the seat. Juicy because Hodges was a Garrick employee, while Waldron ran against Garrick in the 2006 Republican Assembly Primary.

ITEM 3: PAM SLATER-PRICE’S PROBLEM. There have been multiple confirmations that Supervisor Pam Slater-Price was considering retiring in 2012, and the assumption is she would support her long time staffer John Weil for the position. The problem is Congressman Brian Bilbray staffer Steve Danon got out front in the race – declaring and starting to raise money. Now supe and staffer have a problem: Slater-Price might be able to beat Danon head to head (although rumors of polling show her weak… presumably part of the reason her long time political consultant Tom Shepard jumped ship to Danon), but Danon has a head start on Weil. But the longer Slater-Price stays in, the harder it will be for Weil to get support, since Danon is working hard.  Now to get inside the brain of Slater-Price and Weil, the best of all worlds for them would be either (1) to redistrict Danon out of the seat, which is possible; or (2) to have Slater-Price beat Danon then retire and have the board appoint Weil… which is unlikely given her popularity on the board and growing public disgust at those kind of machinations. Damned if you do, damned if you don’t. Of course if Slater-Price leaves, that also opens the door to a host of other officials who may jump in the race.

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