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.
“I didn’t know anything about the investigation until I read it today,” Dumanis said late Tuesday.
The complaint says that during Dumanis’ 2012 mayoral campaign, a wealthy Mexican national began illegally funding a political action committee supporting her candidacy. Encinas, the complaint says, worked as private security for the Mexican national, who has a home in Coronado.
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When the lawyer who is supposed to be watching the public's hen house amd protecting it from the foxes, herself becomes a candidate for chief fox, then these things are bound to happen. We should look for a candidate who pledges not to run for any higher office.
This also contradicts the misleading statements she been making about one opponent, claiming that he has pledged to use $1 million of his own money to defeat her her. Look who she's taken money from!
Someone stuck a "Dumanis for Mayor" bumper sticker--very professionally produced--on the outside of the window at a Hillcrest restaurant earlier this week. Any rumors?
I recall that during the last mayoral election, the 4 candidates were asked if they'd keep Lansdowne during one of the debates. I don't recall their answers and Google isn't helping. Anyone remember? It would be interesting to review that in light of recent developments.
There is a reason some refer to her as "Dirty Dumanis". Even if you believe she wasn't knowingly criminal in this, how can we approve of this sort of bad judgement in a DA of all people.
The worst part is that we won't look too closely at the next candidate either. SD has a long history of turning a blind eye.
"Later, in September 2013, the complaint alleges Encinas met with someone associated with Dumanis, about funding her campaign. The associate was working with the FBI as an informant."
Seems to me that the unnamed Dumanis "associate" was working with the FBI to determine the veracity of the donation.
If anything, if BD was even slightly aware of this, someone was working on the "good guy" side of the early investigation.
And, once this surfaced, of course she distanced herself from Encinas et al. She either didn't know anything about it; hence the distancing, or, if she did (due to the "associate" involvement), she had no idea that it was fraudulent so she continued to list him as a contributor. Once it surfaced, THEN she removed him from the contributor list, like any candidate would.
The story is still playing out, but cut either way, her distancing from these clowns doesn't mean she was complicit with the allegations.
This is why I am always leery about any candidate, they're all so shady that they couldn't tell the truth if it was staring them in the face.