A couple of intriguing endorsements

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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.

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I have tabled for Geoff Dean and have met Dennis Carpenter and they are both nice guys. However, Dennis is paying a substantial price by being surrounded by less than stellar people. Geoff Dean is racking up every endorsement under the sun. What is laughable is the lies being told to Dennis C. by his inner circle and what they are doing (some of it illegal) to try to garner support. Dennis should tell them all to take a hike and get behind Dean. Right now he is doing their dirty work and that isn't right.

And who cares who Foy endorses for Governor. It is a big so-what as is FlashReport. FlashReport is a self-serving vehicle for a few right wing extremists and it continues to diminish in comments and readership.

Well, not only does the Ventura County Republican Central Committee not list all the Republican candidates, they aren't listing that the Camarillo Federated Women are hosting a debate between Geoff Dean and Dennis Carpenter this Monday, Feb 22.


Ventura County Federation of Republican Women
President: Daryl Reynolds
Website: http://vcfrw.org/
Email: VenturaCountyFRW@cfrw.org
Calendar: Ventura County Federation

Yeah - and Peggy Sadler, of the Simi Federated is rounding up people in support of Carpenter for the Camarillo Federated event. She's doing Bob Brooks' bidding again.
Peggy - this is not WWII, and you are not a member of the French underground, if you think what you are doing is noble.

Geez - I'm sure Mike Bradbury isn't going to be happy that Peggy Sadler is doing Brook's bidding. She prides herself on having his ear as well.

Geoff Dean has the endorsement of Mike Bradbury, Simi Police Chief Mike Lewis, much of the Simi City Council, etc. Why would she favor one Republican candidate over another? She is on the Central Committee and the Lincoln Club as well. And the president of the Simi/Moorpark Federated. This is a non-partisan office with two good life-long Republican candidates.

Don't with hold info from your people - let them make up their own minds! You can have an opinion but the withholding of info or passing along untruths have to stop.

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