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South Bay GOP Assembly candidate short on cash

A South Bay Republican Assembly candidate who’s already grappling with her own skeletons-in-the-closet while taking on a Democratic incumbent in a heavily Democratic district has a new problem: cash, and none of it.

Santa Clara management consultant ArLyne Diamond, the challenger to Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski, D-Fremont, in the newly drawn 25th Assembly District, sent out this e-mail plea today:

URGENT REQUEST – NEED IT NOW!

The hardest part, for me, of running for office is trying to raise the money one needs in order to succeed.

Your donations helped me get on the ballot in the primary and win a spot towards the November election. You might remember that among the costs were the fees to both counties for having ballot statements.

Well, we need approximately $8,500.00 to get statements on the ballot in both Santa Clara and Alameda counties. We are about ½ way there.

The deadline is August 10th. That’s just a few days away. I must bring checks to the Registrar of Voters in both counties before that date.

So please: Make as big a donation at this time as you are able – and either mail it today or tomorrow – or use the “donate” button and pay it through Paypal.

Now, $8,500 isn’t a whole lot of money in the context of a California Assembly race, but Diamond’s campaign hasn’t reported ANY fundraising to the Secretary of State’s office so far. Wieckowski’s campaign had $57,778.30 cash on hand as of June 30; the data crunchers at MapLight.org have found most of his money comes from labor unions, followed by lawyers and lobbyists.

Diamond’s fundraising picture might not be helped by our recent revelation that her license to practice psychology was revoked 23 years ago by state authorities who concluded she’d improperly and unethically used her relationship with a patient to get a loan to fund her business.

Wieckowski finished first in June’s primary with 41.4 percent of the vote, followed by Diamond at 30.7 percent; eliminated was Democrat Pete McHugh, at 27.9 percent. The district is registered 45.3 percent Democrat, 19.7 percent Republican and 30.5 percent no-party-preference, so there’s not a lot of suspense here.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • RR, Senile Columnist

    Didn’t Bob get any money from the Solyndra investors?

  • Elwood

    She needs a better hairdresser.

  • Rick K.

    Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski needs to be held accountable for his municipal bankruptcy legislation, gleefully signed by Gov. Moonbeam (whose Prop. 30 should be re-titled the “Bureaucrats’ Pension Bailout Tax”). He is a tool of the public employee unions, which are dead-set against municipal bankruptcies because they affect their members’ over-sized pensions and over-generous “lifetime health care” benefits. Analysis of the Stockton and San Bernardino city bankruptcies likely will show that Wieckowski’s legislation did nothing more than to cost the cities more time and money — delaying the inevitable. Bob McHugh could’ve made this a race in November if he’d been No. 2, but this clueless Republican seems incapable of articulating anything worthwhile. Wieckowski wants to be a state senator in 2014, so there will be another opportunity to demonstrate that he is not a responsible legislator again soon.