Wednesday morning, District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis' campaign released a long list of folks endorsing her re-election. She's got the entire county Board of Supervisors and eight of nine San Diego City Council members. She's got the sheriff, three state senators, current and former Assembly members and seven mayors. She's even got the former county assessor.
Each endorser with a Twitter account got a "thanks" tweet from Dumanis. The tweets went on and on, prompting this from Voice of San Diego CEO Scott Lewis:
(A campaign spokesperson said that while Dumanis sometimes helms her own Twitter account, today a campaign staffer was tweeting.)
On Monday, I talked to Dumanis for this week's story on DA candidate Robert Brewer, her first challenger since she was elected in 2002. Roughly five minutes into our eight-plus-minute chat, she caught me a bit off guard, saying she doesn't believe she's got a serious opponent.
"As far as I'm concerned, nobody has formally declared," she said. "He's floated some thoughts, but he has not held a press conference and said, 'I'm running for DA.'"
True, he hasn't. An April press release said Brewer had established a campaign committee and planned to formally announce his candidacy this fall. He's hired top political consultant Tom Shepard. He's got a website, Facebook page and Twitter account. A spokesperson for Brewer told me yesterday that he's "definitely committed" to running for DA.
Is it strategy to downplay your opponent's commitment? "That's bravado," my husband said when I told him about Dumanis' comments. "That's kind of gangster."
I told Dumanis that, when I talked to Brewer, he made it clear that he was serious about the job. "And tomorrow you'll see a long endorsement list from my side," she said.