Local Republican endorsement slate rolled out
Despite party praise at national level, DeMaio's name thus far missing from list
San Diego County Republicans are wasting no time getting a jump on the 2014 election campaign, releasing a list of official party candidate endorsements for the election to take place a little less than a year and a half from now.
“With Democratic scandals on the federal level, out of control spending on the state level, and a destructive Mayor Filner on a local level, Republicans are offering a return to original American principles of limited government, fiscal responsibility, delivering the core services of government, and a focus on small business and entrepreneurship to restore an economy for all to participate in,” said local party chair Tony Krvaric in a June 11 release trumpeting the endorsements.
Most of the endorsements at this point are for incumbents, including one for the officially non-partisan city council in favor of Lorie Zapf, who moves from her former District 6 seat to seek the District 2 chair of termed-out Kevin Faulconer after last year’s redistricting moved her home into that area. District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis gets a nod, as does newcomer Chris Cate, who made noise recently as interim president and CEO of the San Diego County Taxpayers Association, which was active in the fight to force Mayor Bob Filner to sign a hotelier-backed tourism marketing deal negotiated by former mayor Jerry Sanders. Cate seeks to fill the District 6 seat Zapf vacates.
Although more endorsements will continue over the next year or so, one name notably absent is that of former city councilman and mayoral hopeful Carl DeMaio, who has been seeking attention of late in his bid to unseat first-term Congressman Scott Peters, a Democrat who took the 52nd Congressional District last year from Republican incumbent Brian Bilbray.
The Carl DeMaio Congressional campaign train is also attempting to pick up steam nearly 18 months ahead of the next scheduled election, and is receiving a boost from his partner Jonathan Hale’s San Diego Gay & Lesbian News, which appears to be the only press outlet thus far (aside from a brief U-T San Diego mention) to pick up on a release from DeMaio’s campaign touting that the non-partisan Cook Political Report moving California’s 52nd district from a “lean Democratic” to a “toss-up” rating.
Last week, the National Republican Congressional Committee tagged the 52nd as one of the top five chances for Republican gains in the 2014 election, rolling back out a poll first conducted in April showing that, when primed with positive information about DeMaio, he held a 10-point polling advantage over incumbent Scott Peters.
Hale’s SDGLN also re-published a national op-ed praising DeMaio proclaiming that the “next-generation Republican’s socially liberal stance will save the GOP,” coinciding with DeMaio’s initial candidacy announcement.