Gary Kreep, the conservative superior court judge who San Diego liberals and local prosecutors love to hate, has been paying off a few campaign debts of late, according to a recently filed disclosure statement.
The judge upset legal-establishment candidate Garland Peed and has since been the target of repeated opprobrium by his colleagues on the bench, who at one point banished him to traffic court after he sustained a defendant’s Fourth Amendment right against illegal searches, a move that reportedly made prosecutors for district attorney Bonnie Dumanis unhappy.
In the second half of last year, his report shows, Kreep’s 2012 campaign committee pulled in $1000 from Escondido’s Dawna Gray, listed as a writer and consultant. Randy Goodwin, treasurer of Orange County’s Republican Majority Campaign PAC, gave the same.
Kreep is a founder of the group. Attorney William Olson of Ramona gave $500. Kreep himself received $4250 from the committee to pay off loans he had previously made to it, according to the filing.