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Scandal can’t slow Assembly fundraising

By Josh Richman
Tuesday, February 28th, 2012 at 12:52 pm in 2012 Assembly election, Assembly, campaign finance, Joan Buchanan, John Perez.

Even a key supporter’s scandal can’t slow the hustle and bustle of a contested campaign.

Alameda County Supervisor Nadia Lockyer – now in rehabilitation for undisclosed addictions after a former lover allegedly attacked her in a Newark motel room early this month – and her husband, state Treasurer Bill Lockyer, had been scheduled to hold a fundraiser tonight at their home for Hayward Councilman Bill Quirk, who’s running for the 20th Assembly District seat.

Quirk, who’s tight enough with the Lockyers that he served as the treasurer for Nadia Lockyer’s 2010 supervisorial campaign, emailed supporters Sunday to announce that the event – for which tickets cost from $50 to $1,000 – had been moved to an Italian restaurant in Oakland Hayward. (My apologies; I frequent Buon Appetito myself, and misstating the city was a careless error on my part.) “Nadia and Bill Lockyer will have an event at their home sometime in the spring,” Quirk wrote.

You’ve got to wonder whether that’s wishful thinking, given that family’s unfortunate disarray.

As Quirk competes with Democrats Jennifer Ong and Sarabjit Cheema and independent Mark Green (while Republican Adnan Shahab has dropped out) in this top-two primary, the fundraising beat goes on even in districts with incumbents.

Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan, D-Alamo, is still calling for RSVPs to her wine-and-hors-d’oeuvres reception with Assembly Speaker John Perez, D-Los Angeles, next Tuesday, March 6 at Alamo’s Round Hill Country Club. Tickets start at $50 while a “leader” package of 10 tickets plus signage and special acknowledgement costs $3,900, all going to buoy Buchanan’s bid for a third and final Assembly term serving the newly drawn 16th District. Among her challengers will be Republican David Haubert of Dublin.

UPDATE @ 5:30 P.M.: Per the comments below, I neglected to mention Estes Albert “Al” Phillips of Livermore as a Republican contender in the 16th Assembly District. I’d noticed a statement-of-intent in the Secretary of State’s database under the name Estes Phillips, but didn’t know he goes by Al and so couldn’t find his campaign’s website earlier. My apologies.

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  • Common Tater

    You’re a little out of date, Rich. More news on AD16 will be forthcoming.

  • http://www.halfwaytoconcord.com BGR

    Al Phillips is having a fundraiser at his home Sunday March 4.

    http://www.halfwaytoconcord.com/event/al-phillips-for-assembly-ad16-open-house/

  • Common Tater

    Very good, but there is still more news to come on AD16.

  • http://www.electbillquirk.com Bill Quirk

    The Italian Restaurant is Buon Appetito in HAYWARD.
    Bill Quirk

  • http://www.electbillquirk.com Bill Quirk

    Luis Reynoso, Hayward School Board Member and a Republican has pulled papers for the 20th AD race.