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— Could Democratic congressman Bob Filner be brought down by a Playboy centerfold? Apparently, state Republicans thought so. No, not that way. The plan, however implausible, was to import ex-Playmate Patricia McClain, a 43-year-old legal secretary currently living in Oxnard, and have her run for Filner's 50th congressional seat next year. McClain, 1976's Miss May, had been thinking of challenging seven-term Republican incumbent Elton Gallegly in his Ventura County district. But, according to the Daily News of Los Angeles, Republican activists convinced McClain to instead make an exploratory visit two weeks ago to Filner's largely Democratic district in San Diego. Chuck Muth, McClain's Las Vegas-based campaign consultant, told the paper that the plan fell through for lack of interest here. "We told them we would take a look at the district. But since Patti wasn't independently wealthy, we were looking for some help in finding her a job in San Diego -- one where the employer would understand she was running for Congress. For whatever reasons, the Republican establishment didn't make it a priority." That may have been Filner's closest brush with a Playmate, but by coincidence he sent out publicity shots last month featuring himself standing beside Heather Renee French, the new Miss America, at a Capitol rally for homeless veterans.

Racy Daughter

An Arizona appellate court has unanimously rejected an appeal of a speeding ticket by the daughter of Padres owner John Moores. The 3-0 vote by the Arizona Court of Appeals is the latest chapter in one of the state's oddest legal battles. It started when Jennifer Moores, the 20-something daughter of the San Diego computer-software mogul, was pulled over by Glendale, Arizona, cops in February 1998 after she was clocked doing 67 mph in a 45 mph zone on the way to a Padres game. Because her late-model Mercedes was going more than 20 mph over the speed limit, she was disallowed from attending traffic school under a local program to get tough with speeders. Moores's father appealed the law, claiming on constitutional grounds that the city cannot bar motorists from expunging their bad driving records if they choose to go to traffic school. Moores may take the case to the Arizona Supreme Court. If he loses there, daughter Jennifer faces a $500 fine and 30 days in jail if convicted, according to the Arizona Republic.

Free Plug

County Supervisor Greg Cox is promoting KFMB-TV, Channel 8, on his official county Web page. According to a blurb accompanying a link to the TV station's website, "As Political Analyst for KFMB News 8, Supervisor Cox frequently provides insight into the latest political happenings in Washington, Sacramento, and right here in San Diego county."... The Pentagon is thinking of lodging its enormous collection of prehistoric specimens with the San Diego Archaeological Center, a move that would mean that the newly formed repository could also pick up millions of dollars' worth of federal funding, reports the Riverside Press-Enterprise. That's bad news for a planned archaeology center at the University of California, Riverside, which had also hoped to glom on to the collection of artifacts that the military has been collecting for more than a hundred years.

When in Gomorrah

San Diego is playing host to the House of Delegates of the American Medical Association this week. Before the meeting, guidelines for appropriate attire were sent to all participants. "In keeping with the customs of the local area, the Speaker has determined that the dress code will be business casual. This means: No jeans or shorts; no sneakers; long or short-sleeved shirts or blouses with collars; jackets or sweaters optional; ties not required; and dresses or blouses with skirts or slacks for women."... A San Diego outfit called "Feelthe.Net" has come up with the latest high-tech advance: sex toys connected to the Internet. "The Black Box is a small device that attaches to your computer and can simultaneously control up to four adult toys." According to the Baltimore Sun, the device was the hit of the Adultdex computer show in Las Vegas last month.

Contributor: Matt Potter

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