More early-season campaign developments...
Although it's far too early for candidates to begin sending mail to voters (even if they could afford it), for Democratic Assembly candidates there is an important election in February, with a much smaller universe of voters who can be targeted and reached by email. That election is the Feb. 9 endorsement caucus for the 44th Assembly District, to be held at the IBEW Hall in Ventura.
In the campaign for that endorsement, the first hit pieces have already gone out -- from the campaign of Ventura County Community College District Trustee Bernardo Perez, targeted at Thousand Oaks City Councilwoman Jacqui Irwin. The hardest-hitting of the two asks what Irwin and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich have in common. Answer: Former Republican Congressman Elton Gallegly listed both of them among a list of supporters he cited in a re-election campaign ad. Check it out for yourself:
Another sign that Perez' campaign is gearing up is that he landed a major endorsement this week, securing the support of Supervisor John Zaragoza of Oxnard.
As for that endorsement caucus, it will take the support of 70 percent of Democrats present and voting to secure an endorsement that would be placed on the consent file at the state convention in March. If that threshold can't be reached, it would still be possible for a candidate to win the endorsement at the state convention.
NOT ALL THE 'ESTABLISHMENT' -- I've reported that Sen. Steve Knight of Palmdale has secured the backing of most of the "Republican establishment" in his contest against former Sen. Tony Strickland of Moorpark to become the top Republican in the race to succeed retiring Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon in the 25th Congressional District.
Make that "most," but not all. In addition to having already received McKeon's endorsement, Strickland announced this week the support of mayors from two of the district's largest cities -- Bob Huber of Simi Valley and Rex Parris of Lancaster.