Sheriff Baca's reelection bid took a nose dive Monday, according to LA Times columnist Steve Lopez.
Billed as a "help our friend" event, and hosted by "A trio of losers" according to John and Ken. Lopez apparently couldn't resist dropping in on the fundraiser Monday night, held at Engine Company 28, a fashionable downtown restaurant a stone's throw from the US Attorney's Office where 18 Deputy Sheriffs were indicted earlier that day.
The $1,500 a head event was slated to attract a crowd of 45, but only 15 showed up, most were likely freeloaders brought along to try to make the event look like a success. According to Lopez, it flopped, with few attending and Governor Gray Davis giving it a miss.
Bad as it is for Baca, Lopez senses that he's doing ok on the fundraising front, but tellingly, Lopez also quoted LA County Sheriff candidate Bob Olmsted's response to Baca's latest scandal, an indication that print media will likely endorse Olmsted as Baca's replacement. The value of media endorsements far eclipses fundraising in a county wide election campaign, as one of the events' co-hosts, Carmen Trutanich, learned when his multi-million dollar campaign to become DA failed spectacularly.
Was it association with a bunch of losers that ruined the fundraiser, or more bad news for Baca? Either way, many are saying the writing is on the wall for Baca.