Having bewildered city-hall watchers earlier this week with his endorsement of long-shot sheriff candidate Richard Calderon, Mayor Chuck Reed may be getting ready to do it again—by throwing his support to District 9 council candidate Larry Pegram. Though Reed has yet to come out publicly for the former councilmember and conservative Christian activist, Fly hears that political consultant Victor Ajlouny has been strongly hinting to ChamberPAC members that the mayor has Pegram’s back in the race. Not coincidentally, Ajlouny is working for Pegram, as well as Reed and Calderon.
Pegram, who was a member of the City Council from 1974 to 1980, is director of the Values Advocacy Council, which worked hard on last year’s Prop 8 campaign to ban gay marriage, and has been relentlessly crusading locally for porn filters in libraries. He was a member of Reed’s transition team when the mayor first took office in 2007.
Meanwhile, Reed has sent out an e-mail to all six District 9 candidate’s campaigns, asking them to fill out a questionnaire asking for their stances on issues ranging from the general fund to airport budget cuts and layoffs. The missive also asks the candidates to send him their answers to questionnaires from the South Bay Labor Council, the Chamber of Commerce and the Public Safety Coalition.
Presumably, the mayor’s request would save Ajlouny some research time—he’s CC’d on the message. Fly’d be surprised if Jim Cogan, Don Rocha, or any of the other District 9 candidates submitted all the requested info to Reed—and Ajlouny/Pegram.