With sharp-elbowed maneuvering to succeed termed-out San Diego Republican mayor Kevin Faulconer growing ever more intense backstage at city hall, a congressional staffer has put in a word for her boss.
"We are looking at it,” MaryAnne Pintar, the San Diego-based chief of staff and campaign time political handler for House Democrat Scott Peters of La Jolla told the Hill in a December 11 interview.
“Given that the primary is in March 2020, a lot of people will be looking to make an announcement early next year, which means we will need to make a decision in the next couple of months.”
Notes the Hill: "Other Democrats eyeing a potential bid for the mayor’s office include City Councilwoman Barbara Bry and state Assemblyman Todd Gloria, who previously served on the city council and is a protégé of Rep. Susan Davis (D-Calif.)."
Pintar's non-denial further cranks up speculation over a potential clash between Peters and fellow La Jollan Bry. The Democrats began their sparring in the form of attacks this fall against Faulconer regarding plans to convert the historic North Chapel at Liberty Station into a tony restaurant and event venue.
Peters showed his hand during this year's city council race between GOP incumbent Lorie Zapf and Democrat Jen Campbell, transferring $10,000 on October 10 from his House campaign fund to the Progressive Labor Alliance PAC.
During the same period, the union group put $105,000 into a campaign committee calling itself San Diegans Against Hate opposing Lorie Zapf for City Council 2018. Campbell handily won the race and could become a key endorser.
In addition, during the recent election cycle, the congressman's campaign fund came up with $48,000 for the county Democratic Party, which backed an array of other possible backers, including one-time Republican Nathan Fletcher, who as a Democrat beat GOP ex-District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis for a spot on the board of supervisors.
The Peters campaign paid Pintar $33,000 for providing "campaign strategy services" to the fall reelection effort, and her daughter Sophia Pintar, who furnished administrative services for the campaign, received $10,798, federal disclosure records show.
According to her LinkedIn profile, Sophia Pintar, a student at American University in Washington, is currently interning at a division of the House Majority PAC that "focuses on electing Latinx Democrats to the House of Representatives."
The top expenditure of the Peters campaign was a total $200,000 given to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in July and October. Peters fundraiser Molly Allen Associates of Kensington, Maryland was paid $149,456.
On the receipt side of the campaign committee's ledger, the wealthy Peters personally came up $51,394, and his wife Lynne Gorguze chipped in $5000. Employees of General Atomics, a military contractor whose aircraft carrier systems have repeatedly drawn criticism from president Donald Trump, gave a total of $9600.
Raising potential questions for a Peters mayoral bid, executives of Cox Enterprises, a cable TV and Internet powerhouse based in Atlanta, Georgia, gave his cause a total of $19,000. Peters links to the company include his former deputy district director Hugo Carmona, now a lobbyist for Cox's drive to kill so-called Net Neutrality initiatives taking shape at city hall.