Robert Bush 8:15 p.m., May 19
Firefighters PAC and anti-Filner group both shopping for TV time in mayor's race
In yet another sign that local airwaves will soon be saturated with TV commercials about the candidates for San Diego mayor, two more big-money political committees have put down markers for time on local NBC affiliate KNSD.
As previously reported, the mayoral campaign of GOP city councilman Carl DeMaio has already made sizable TV time buys at KNSD and CBS affiliate KFMB.
Now DeMaio's committee has been joined by a newly-formed committee calling itself San Diegans for Reform in Opposition to Bob Filner - Mayor 2012, run by Jen Jacobs, a Republican political consultant and one-time campaign aide to GOP congressman Brian Bilbray.
In a May 11 post under her name on the local GOP blog SDRostra.com, Jacobs said "Carl DeMaio is a long time friend and client. While I am not involved with his Mayoral campaign, I am responsible for the Independent Super PAC in support of his candidacy. I also handle public and political relationships for Roger Hedgecock’s national show."
The anti-Filner group, which filed its organization statement with the San Diego city clerk on August 27, the next day requested TV spot rates and availabilities at KNSD.
Two days later, on August 30, San Diego Firefighters Local 145 PAC placed its own request for TV time information at KNSD for an "independent expenditure" in the race for mayor.
City labor groups are expected to spend heavily on Filner's behalf during what is quickly shaping as one of the most expensive local election campaigns ever.