As I prepare to take off for three days of golf outside of Las Vegas, at Tom Fazio's two breathtaking gifts to golf at Primm Valley, CA, time to clean out the email inbox and relay some campaign updates (just 10 days to the filing deadline, after which things get really interesting)...
If Assemblywoman Julia Brownley thought the carpetbagger attacks against her would be confied to the general election (should she get there), she was mistaken.
Alex Thompson, campaign manager for Westlake Village businessman David Cruz Thayne, hit her with a broadside earlier this week in a strongly worded memo distributed to the press. Among the highlights: "Brownley is a long-time resident of Santa Monica, and has never lived for a single day in either Ventura County or the 26th District. In fact, she lives in this nearly $1 million condo, which she bought in 2008, on 3rd Street in Santa Monica--just three blocks from the upscale Third Street Promenade and three blocks from the ocean, in one of the most high-priced neighborhoods in Santa Monica."
Meanwhile, one of the other two announced Democrats, Moorpark Councilman David Pollock, yesterday visited Houweling's Tomatoes in Oxnard, the second stop on a what he says will be a sustained tour of environmentally friendly Ventura County businesses. He calls the focus on green industry a focus of his campaign. In a press release, the campaign says: "Pollock, who devoted much of his private sector career to business development in the high tech industry, believes that Ventura County is uniquely suited to cultivating a green technology economy."
In legislative races, 19th Senate District Democratic candidate Jason Hodge is using a family connection to bolster his environmental credentials. His campaign sent out a fundraising letter (complete with photos of the two exploring tidepools as youngsters) signed by his sister Jessica, who is a field organizer for the Sierra Club. Jessica:writes that her brother has been a proponent on the Oxnard Harbor District board by promoting green practices there, and that his commitment in that arena is consistent with their upbringing. "Our father also liked to take us hiking in the Santa Monica Mountains and camping every summer. The beauty and diversity of California's wild places inspired a sense of awe and stewardship in us growing up," she writes.