District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis on Friday announced endorsements from the local Fraternal Order of Police, the Mexican American Business Professional Association and the Howard Jarvis Taxpayer Association.
The latest list of supporters came as the Los Angeles Times reported that a former Los Angeles County district attorney has called for another criminal investigation into the case of alleged improper political donations to the Dumanis campaign from a Mexican businessman.Tony Perry of the Times reported Friday that Steve Cooley, a three-term DA, wrote California Attorney General Kamala Harris (a Dumanis supporter) “that although there was already a federal criminal case underway, there may be ‘violations of state and municipal codes’ that are outside the jurisdiction of federal prosecutors.”
Cooley is backing Bob Brewer, a former Los Angeles prosecutor challenging Dumanis in the June election.
The Dumanis campaign called Cooley’s letter “a campaign stunt,” the Times reported.
Of the latest backers, Dumanis said: “I’m so honored by these latest endorsements and all of the diverse support that continues rolling into our campaign. The individuals and groups standing with me understand how important it is to have a district attorney with the right kind of experience.
“I’ve dedicated my entire life to public service and am proud of the excellent relationships I’ve built with law enforcement. Together, we’re keeping San Diego one of the safest urban counties in the nation.”
Although the Fraternal Order of Police is in her corner, Dumanis has not been endorsed by the San Diego Police Officers Association, the local police bargaining unit.
Doug Porter reported on San Diego Free Press:
“Brian Marvel, president of the San Diego Police Officers Association told NBC7News: ‘We’ve been disappointed with Bonnie’s communication with our communities. It seems we only hear form her when election day approaches. She has consistently placed politics above her responsibilities as D.A.’ ”
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