How desperate are Republicans to regain the District 3 Supervisor’s seat on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors? VERY DESPERATE. But the hand it has been dealt with Kristin Gaspar as its standard bearer is really pretty poor.
Gaspar’s performance as Encinitas mayor has been undistinguished. The only issues she personally has initiated have gone pretty badly.
Gaspar proposed to address homelessness by sending $100,000 of Encinitas-city funds to the Escondido-based Interfaith Community Services rather than contribute those funds to the Community Resource Center in her home town to support the same type of program.
Since Gaspar was running for supervisor against the Escondido mayor Sam Abed at the time, could that have been a political move to sway voters in Escondido? The remainder of the Encinitas City Council rejected that give-away.
Gaspar’s other initiative was a measure renaming the library for the wife of a wealthy campaign donor.
The “donation” was a pittance compared to the amount of funds and sweat-equity the citizens had contributed but it would have contractually bound the naming “in perpetuity.”
Instead of passing the offer to the staff for proper evaluation, she grandstanded by bringing it straight to the Encinitas Council without even the courtesy of asking the County how it felt about their library being renamed.
There, she demonstrated lack of vision, creativity, and competence. The result was a unanimous, awkward public rejection of an offer from a generous community member.
On several occasions, Gaspar has claimed undeserved credit for passage of important city issues for which others had fought for years but for which she had initially opposed or done nothing substantive.
In primary debates, Gaspar displayed appalling ignorance regarding county issues as well as a general lack of knowledge on government procedures.
So, after Gaspar beat Abed to become the official Republican opponent to incumbent Democrat Dave Roberts, the party recognized she needed help. They sent in gunslinger Revolvis’ Jason Roe, one of Keith Olbermann’s “Worst Person in the World” candidates
Roe served as a senior advisor in Marco Rubio’s recent campaign, and was deputy manager for Romney in 2007. He has supported conservative candidates in third-world countries like Nigeria, Liberia, Bulgaria, and Iraq.
Now, Roe is managing another “third-world” candidate.
Revolvis’ charges are already $117,000, using up more than half of Gaspar’s contributions. His advice: Safe, superficial performances rather than debate appearances – except at the Downtown Rotary Club (not even in Encinitas, her home turf), even though multiple dates have been offered by the debate sponsors and the League of Women Voters.
Think that downtown venue will be helpful in enlightening district voters? You betcha!
Also expect big negative PAC-funded signs and mailers, which characterized Gaspar’s previous campaigns.
Is she unprepared and afraid to answer questions? Do her handlers fear her performance would do more harm than not appearing?
That approach worked in Encinitas. Let’s hope the bar is set higher for Supervisor. Please compare her empty record with Roberts’ full record and see who can really do the job.
At $5 billion, the budget overseen by the five-member San Diego County Board of Supervisors is bigger than the city of San Diego’s. But elections for county supervisors often fly under the radar.
The only seat being seriously contested this year is the District 3 seat held by Dave Roberts, the lone Democrat on the board.
Family: Husband Paul and children Carson, 10, Payton, 8, and Addison, 6
Education: Bachelor’s degree from Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State
Career: CFO of Gaspar Doctors of Physical Therapy
Other Interests: Coaches Pop Warner cheerleading squad, third grade civics instructor.
Family: Spouse Wally, six adopted children (Robert, Alex, Julian, Joe, Natalee and Manny)
Education: Master’s degree in public financial management from American University; bachelor’s degree in political science and economics from American University
Career: Founded, owns and operates real estate management company; senior manager for Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society; corporate officer for SAIC
Other Interests: Hiking and spending time outdoors and at the beach with his family.