Dave Rice 12:35 p.m., May 23
Scott Peters Looks For Party Unity After Tough Primary
Democrats look to put the bitter primary race for 52nd congressional seat between democrats Scott Peters and Lori Saldana to rest once and for all.
Today, the Peters campaign asked fellow Democrats to join together in the fight against incumbent Brian Bilbray by making donations to his campaign before the June 30 deadline. To show that democrats are united behind Peters, there will be a fundraiser hosted by Francine Busby at the home of Mike and Lynn Bruser. The suggested contribution for attendees is $250. That price increases to $500 for "guests," $1,000 for "sponsors," and $2,500 top become a "co-host."
Other local democrats who plan on attending include congresswoman Susan Davis, Lynn Schenk, Christine Kehoe, Toni Atkins, Todd Gloria, Francine Busby, and Port Chairman Lou Smith.
"Now that the hard-fought Primary is settled, it's time to unite to send our Democratic candidate, Scott Peters to Congress," reads the invite.
"Scott has an excellent chance of replacing Brian Bilbray in the newly drawn 52nd district. His election will give San Diego a majority Democratic delegation and help the Democrats retake the majority in Congress. This race is a HIGH PRIORITY (emphasis theirs) Red-to Blue race."
The get-together comes after Peters and Saldana's campaigns clashed to make it into the runoff with Bilbray. National Super PAC, Progressive Kick even entered the fray, spending $55,001 on attack ads against Peters. In the end, only 700 votes separated the two, with Peters receiving 22.62 percent and Saldana just a half of percentage point behind with 22.12.