I just got back from the latest city attorney candidate forum, which was held at the Rancho Bernardo Inn in North County.
The debate got pretty intense.
For starters, Jan Goldsmith had to answer some heated questions from Lorena Gonzalez, secretary-treasurer of the San Diego-Imperial Counties Labor Council — which is supporting Scott Peters — about media reports referencing accusations of domestic violence made against him by his wife more than 20 years ago.
Gonzalez was relentless in prodding Goldsmith about the incident, referring to it even in her questions to another candidate, Amy Lepine. Gonzalez asked Lepine her opinion about the incident and Lepine graciously came to Goldsmith’s defense.
“To the degree that he’s gotten counseling, and there have been no further incidents, I don’t think it’s an issue,” Lepine said.
Mike Aguirre was a big hit with the North County crowd, winning warm applause and the loudest laughs of the morning. Each candidate was given an opportunity to ask the other candidates questions. In what turned out to be a nifty move, Aguirre said he wouldn’t be asking any questions.