Walter Mencken 9 a.m., May 23
Does City Attorney Jan Goldsmith have a future in politics?
Recent disclosure shows Goldsmith hired a public polling firm, indicating a possible run for office.
City Attorney Jan Goldsmith's campaign committee's war chest is drying up.
By January of this year, the committee reported having just $18,900 in the account. But just because the days of $25,000 donations to Republican political action committees are over, it didn't keep Goldsmith from spreading the wealth.
Since January, the City Attorney spent $8,500 on a variety of items including the usual political donations to GOP-affiliated parties, a trip to Sacramento for a meeting of the California Republican Party, and a donation of $150 to non-profit news agency, Voice of San Diego.
Most interesting, however, is a $1,500 payment to Competitive Edge Research and Communication for public opinion polling. The expenditure shows that at one point Goldsmith may have been considering a run for another office after his current term is over.
And while the disclosure did not provide specific dates, hiring the polling firm likely occurred during one of the many public spats between Goldsmith and Mayor Bob Filner whether that be the Tourism Marketing District issue, releasing closed session transcripts to the press, or issuing a public memo on the $100,000 donation from Sunroad Enterprises.
And then, of course, it is unclear whether the polling was done before or after the City Attorney was ridiculed by some national media outlets for prosecuting a man for writing protest slogans in chalk on a public sidewalk.
Additional expenditures during the seven-month stretch, include $120 to the Operation for Hope Foundation, a non-profit anti-domestic violence group based in Rancho Bernardo; $500 to the conservative Lincoln Club and $2,500 to the San Diego County Republican Party. He also spent $1,105 to reserve a table at the University of San Diego's Law School's awards ceremony.
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