This time of year, announcements of endorsements by various political candidates become tiresome, and serve not much more function than to clutter up the e-mail inboxes of political reporters.
But two came across the transom over the last 24 hours that caught my attention because they indicate a potentially important trend in the two campaigns.
First, Ventura County sheriff candidate Geoff Dean, whose support heretofore has come from local elected officials, police chiefs and rank-and-file deputies, announced the endorsement of former Sheriff John Gillespie. While Gillespie has been out of office for nearly two decades, his support is interesting because it signals a defection from the Sheriff's Department's establishment, which had been uniformly aligned with Chief Deputy Dennis Carpenter. It will now be more difficult for Carpenter's campaign to argue that Dean would harm the traditional cohesion of the department's management.
Second, Simi Valley Supervisor Peter Foy, who toyed with the idea of running for governor last year as the true-blue conservative in the field, announced today that he is endorsing Steve Poizner for governor. Foy discusses his reasons in an essay published on the Flash Report. It's the latest indication that Poizner is positioning himself to use the party's conservative grassroots as a springboard as he attempts to overcome the sizeable polling advantage enjoyed by ex-eBay CEO Meg Whitman.