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Republican Bonnie Dumanis, currently trying to climb the local political ladder from her post as county District Attorney to San Diego's mayor, has been noted for tutoring others in the ways of political combat.

According to the website of the 27th International Gay & Lesbian Leadership Conference, put on by the Gay & Lesbian Leadership Institute and held at the Hilton Americas Hotel in Houston over the weekend, Dumanis was billed as the headliner of a breakout session entitled, "Climbing the Career Ladder."

The conference was sponsored in part by San Diego's Sempra Energy, according to the institute's website.

A description of the Dumanis event asks, "Can you get to the next level? Hear from elected and appointed officials about how they climbed the career ladder and discuss the opportunities and challenges involved as you seek to make a difference as a public official."

Besides Dumanis, panelists listed were Fred Hochberg, chairman of the federal Export-Import Bank, and Mark Pocan a Wisconsin State Representative and congressional candidate

Other San Diego politicos contributing their knowledge to the gathering were Democratic Assemblywoman Toni Atkins and San Diego city councilman Todd Gloria, who was listed on a panel entitled "The Real L Word: Talking to Labor about America's Future."

"The Labor community and the LGBT community have been allies on many political fronts over the years," says a description.

"This panel of Labor leaders and LGBT elected officials will discuss current issues affecting all working families – from state and local budget cuts to the new war on collective bargaining. Join us for this roundtable discussion about protecting middle- and working-class families in your community."

Others on the panel were listed as Mary Beth Maxwell, Senior Advisor, Department of Labor; Kathy Webb, an Arkansas legislator; and Jessica Weinstein, assistant to the president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME).

Meanwhile, coming up on Wednesday Dumanis is throwing a 60th birthday party for herself at La Jolla's venerable Cuvier Club as a campaign fundraiser. Minimum suggested contribution is $75, with table sponsorships going for $2500.

Photo from QueerMeUp.com

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SurfPuppy619 Dec. 5, 2011 @ 8:34 a.m.

Dumbass has NO chance, nonewhatsoever, not even a remote chance, of becoming mayor.

The way she has sheilded her buddy Patricia Gregory from FELONY FRAUD charges DumbAss should be prosecuted, on obstruction of justice charges.


Visduh Dec. 5, 2011 @ 10:42 a.m.

"Can you get to the next level? Hear from elected and appointed officials about how they climbed the career ladder and discuss the opportunities and challenges involved as you seek to make a difference as a public official." Yeah, right. All we have seen her do differently is run the DA's office worse than her predecessor did, debase its reputation, and become an overall disgrace to both the legal profession and the justice system. Yeah, she's a real credit to the LGBT community.


Ponzi Dec. 5, 2011 @ 12:04 p.m.

“Climbing the Career Ladder” Her speech should have been titled “My success secret; being a tool of the Good Old Boy network.”


Visduh Dec. 7, 2011 @ 8:32 p.m.

No, she's not a tool of that cabal. She's part of it, an integral part of it, and probably has been since she sat on the bench. Nobody should ever put her on a pedestal because of her sexual orientation. Crooks come in many packages, even LGBT.


Gail Powell Dec. 8, 2011 @ 5:26 p.m.

There are people in any organization that are good at ass-kissing and sucking-up. Bonnie Dumanis is one of those. I bet since the days of her being in the typing pool downtown, she made it her business to cozy up to whoever was in charge and ingratiate herself. This ability of hers is even more impressive since Bonnie is NOT attractive in the least, possesses that horrible Boston accent, lacks any degree of charm, and is clumsy to the extreme.

However, all these impediments did not stop her so-called "climb up the ladder" and here she is now speaking about it at a conference. Bonnie Dumanis needs to be put out to pasture for good. Her utter unsuitability to be Mayor would RUIN San Diego, if she ever managed to extent her cancerous tentacles into the Mayor's office. Don't get me started on what she has tried to do to medical marijuana patients.


Gail Powell April 22, 2012 @ 1:33 p.m.

Here's some wisdom from NOT DUMANIS: Bonnie has climbed as high as she is ever going to go in politics. When the wise voters of San Diego slap the Dirty D.A. down in June, Bonnie should just take the hint and retire quietly with her lavish, excessive city pension. She can live the good life in her million dollar condo and let someone else who might have a shred more ethics and compassion run the D.A.'s office instead. Not Dumanis will demand that Bonnie retire from being a "public servant" once her current D.A. term is up. We would hope that Bonnie might wish to return to her Bean town roots and pull up stakes to head back to Boston where the winter temperatures are about the same chill as that heart of Bonnie's--that is, if she even has a heart at all. NOT DUMANIS!




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