By Ken Stone
The San Diego GOP has avoided taking sides in the presidential race, with county party Chairman Tony Krvaric quoted by Voice of San Diego as saying: “We’re the local party, which means our focus is the nearly 200 local candidates that will be on the ballot in November.”
But the county Republican Party still lists itself as paying for a website devoted to electing Donald Trump.
Donaldtrumpsandiego.com was registered by a local Republican official last year with 17 other similar sites devoted to opposing Hillary Clinton or promoting the large field of GOP hopefuls.
“VOLUNTEER FOR TRUMP’S SAN DIEGO TEAM,” the site says. “Walk door to door, make phone calls, and put up a yard sign for Trump!”
The original footer of the 18 sites remains for the Trump site: “Paid For By the Republican Party of San Diego County. Not Authorized By Any Candidate Or Candidate’s Committee.”
Krvaric, local GOP executive director T.J. Zane and digital director Sage Naumann did not respond to email and phone messages seeking comment.
Sandiegorepublicans.org is the official website of the San Diego County Republican Party. Chick, a former San Diego County GOP executive director, did not respond to email sent to her San Diego work address at California Strategies.
The local party’s hesitance to endorse its own nominee for president is new.
Tim Clark, California director of Donald J. Trump for President Inc., did not respond to a request for comment.
Still unknown is how the San Diego County GOP is connected to the Trump site — and who gets information on would-be volunteers, endorsers and donors.
Text for the local Trump site is copied from donaldjtrump.com, and the San Diego site links to the official Trump site.
Besides Rep. Duncan D. Hunter of East County and former Alpine school board president Mark Price, the only Trump endorsers listed on the local site are a dozen “San Diego residents.”
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