Leslie Reynolds, a San Jose Unified school board member, was a frontrunner early in the primary for San Jose District’s 10 City Council seat. Her deep roots in the community and conservative stances were considered a solid fit for Almaden. But after losing ground quickly, as well as having fellow Republican in the race, Johnny Khamis, question her ethical standards, it seems she hasn’t forgotten or forgiven. Reynolds, who came in just 308 votes short of making the November runoff, surprised observers this week by endorsing Democrat Robert Braunstein over Khamis, a financial adviser who shares a party affiliation and zip code with Reynolds and nearly nothing else. Khamis’ campaign brushed off her endorsement as the choice of a “bitter” loser, and added that there might have been a backroom deal giving Reynolds and D-10 third-place finisher, Edesa Bitbadal, staff positions in exchange for their endorsements. But Braunstein’s campaign manager, Peter Allen, said there is “absolutely no quid-pro-quos” for endorsements. It seems Reynold’s pledge of allegiance is just another hit to Khamis’ campaign, which has been in a bit of a Romney-esque tailspin. Not too long ago Fly found a questionnaire that showed Khamis leaned closer to the Tea Party than previously thought. Then there was word that he has been obsessively describing Metro as a “so-called newspaper” in endorsement interviews, to the point that he lost focus at times. And now there are whispers that the professional know-how of the “so-called candidate” is questionable. In recent weeks, Braunstein’s campaign floated documents showing a foreclosure Khamis went through in the 90s. Khamis’ campaign called it a smear tactic and insisted that Khamis, who has made his financial expertise a focal point of the race, was going through a divorce at the time, and as part of the separation, his ex-wife got the house and money to make payments—she just failed to make the payments.