To the delight of hungry volunteers throughout Silicon Valley, San Jose Councilman Kansen Chu is back on the campaign trail. Chu, known for generously feeding his election workers—who at times double as his council staff—hopes to fill the seat of State Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski, who is running for a State Senate seat. One of Chu’s likely opponents is Teresa D. Cox, a trustee on the Ohlone Community College Board who previously worked as a White House community coordinator during the Bubba administration back in the ’90s. Chu coasted to re-election in San Jose’s City Council last summer, in part because puppet candidate Tam Truong never stood a chance, and also because Chu can raise some serious cash. Last year, only Councilmember and union-piñata Rose Herrera spent more money during the primary than Chu. Of course, Chu has had the help of wife Daisy Chu, who helped kickstart his last campaign with a five-grand loan. Some of the more ardent spectators of the George Shirakawa Jr. scandal may remember that Daisy worked as a county-paid money courier for the convicted supe. She secured funds from Sunnyvale’s scandal-plagued Herguan University that were supposed to be a campaign contribution to Shirakawa—but somehow they ended up as George’s walk-around money. But we’re sure Daisy’s loan to her husband last year had nothing to with that, especially when Kansen—running his third campaign in seven years—can pull in a reported $50K at a Liang’s Kitchen fundraiser earlier this month.
Correction: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that Bob Wieckowski will be termed out of the State Assembly in 2014. Wieckowski was elected in 2010 and could remain in his current seat through 2016 if he chooses to run for re-election in the 25th District next year.