There’s a lot we don’t know about the unfolding scandal involving four San Diego politicians. One thing we do know is District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis’ relationship with those implicated goes back far and has continued into her current re-election campaign.
Dumanis told VOSD she’s met Susumo Azano, reportedly the unnamed Mexican national in the federal complaint who’s alleged to have bankrolled a scheme to illegally influence local elections, including Dumanis’ own failed mayoral bid. She also said she has met the two people the complaint actually names, Ernesto Encinas and Ravneet Singh.
Dumanis first met Encinas, she said, when he was working as a San Diego police officer, before he retired in 2009. They were involved in cases together, and she said she’s met with him time to time since then. She calls him “Ernie.”
Dumanis said she learned about the federal probe when news broke late Tuesday. She’s not accused of any wrongdoing.