Election Day is less than a month away and they call it the silly season for a reason.
At a press conference earlier today, Francine Busby called on Rep. Brian Bilbray to disclose whether he’s currently the target of a grand jury investigation. But the Busby campaign can’t offer any solid proof that the investigation actually exists.
Earlier this week, the San Diego Democratic Party sent out a mass e-mail saying that it had “recently heard reports” that the San Diego District Attorney’s Office has impaneled a grand jury to investigate a grievance filed by the political party in May.
In its complaint, the local Democratic Party alleged that Bilbray may have committed perjury or voter fraud when he claimed Carlsbad as his residence in his official candidacy papers. Bilbray, who also owns houses in Imperial Beach and Virginia, has claimed those homes as his residences in other documents unrelated to his candidacy.
Bilbray’s campaign spokeswoman didn’t return a call but Bilbray told the North County Times that he hasn’t been subpoenaed by any grand jury and has no knowledge of the existence of an investigation. Bilbray told the newspaper that he lives in Carlsbad with his mother and that the Democrats were employing a “last-minute political tactic.”
Ray Drew, Busby’s campaign manager, denied that Democrats fabricated the existence of a grand jury investigation as an attempt to draw media attention to struggling campaign. Acknowledging that he has no concrete proof, Drew said in an interview that “my standards have been met and I’m going out with the news.”