You might think this is fall, but in local politics it is the silly season. Here are some signs:
I called DeMartini on Friday to check this out, given that the two men have had their differences and DeMartini is a Republican and Sabatino a Democrat. DeMartini’s response: He did not endorse Sabatino and did not write or say the statement that was attributed to him. “Carmen has some ideas I could agree with,” DeMartini said, but he did not endorse him and called Sabatino and told him to quit making the claim. DeMartini said he has endorsed a few Democrats over the years. Under the Central Committee bylaws, a committee member is only allowed to endorse a Democrat if there’s no Republican in the race.
The other candidate for Division 2 is John Mensinger. This is a nonpartisan race, so political affiliation shouldn’t matter, but for the record, Mensinger shows up on the registration roll as having no party preference.
The chamber did not take a position on Measure X, the sales tax increase for the city.
The Nooner is a website devoted to all things political in Sacramento. It recently asked its readers to vote for “legislators of the year” in three categories. The voting was divided by house and party. Since there are far more Democrats than Republicans in the Legislature, arguably the competition is tougher for Dems.
Here are the ranks and notes published/posted by The Nooner last month: