Last week, Nora Campos took City Council candidate Magdalena Carrasco to task for accepting campaign money from a controversial L.A. lawyer named Francisco Leal.
Campos’ brother, Xavier Campos, is facing off against Carrasco for Nora’s soon-to-be-vacant District 5 seat, and the outgoing East Side councilwoman publicly questioned Carrasco’s ethics. She also wondered aloud whether the $250 Leal contribution is evidence that Carrasco is selling her district out to Southern California interests.
That charge, of course, would carry more weight had Campos herself not accepted some $19,700 from SoCal Indian gaming interests in her own run for Joe Coto’s District 23 state Assembly seat. Not that Fly has anything against playing the ponies occasionally, but collecting $6,400 from the Alpine, Calif.-based Viejas Tribal Government seems to Fly like more of a heavy hit than the $250 Carrasco donation that Campos is crowing about.
Then there is the $750 Campos collected from BP’s North America Employee PAC on May 21, smack dab in the middle of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill fiasco. It gets better: Campos has also received some $7,500 from various check-cashing/payday loan operations.
One might think that the representative of the most economically hard-hit community in San Jose would be a bit more wary of taking cash from businesses that make their fortune charging poor people exorbitant interests so they can pay their rent on time.
Fly won’t bother asking what promises Campos might have made that would lead the payday loan industry, BP petroleum or L.A. casino owners to contribute to her campaign (as she asked about the Leal-Carrasco contribution).
Fly has noticed that the usually media-evasive Campos has upped her visibility lately under the political guidance of the newbie political consulting team of Rolando Bonilla and Ryan Ford.
And it might be creating enemies in Sac-town. It’s bad sign when the Assembly’s assistant majority leader, Kevin de León, makes it sound like she’s practically hiding in his bushes, threatening to take a bat to his friends’ kneecaps if they don’t agree to support bro Xavier. And all this before Nora has even officially clobbered weakling GOP candidate Atul Saini in the run-off.
Fly’s betting de León is regretting that $100 his 2010 Assembly campaign donated to the candidate he now calls his “personal stalker.” Of course, that was all before his ex-wife starting messing with her little brother.