Last year, when Tustin Mayor Jerry Amante was in a four way race for AD-70 (where Amante finished third), we ran a post about Amante’s campaign literature that still listed an endorsement from former state Assemblyman Mike Duvall (aka “Drippy Duvall”); the piece came out well after Duvall had resigned in disgrace from the Assembly and a good campaign consultant should have caught that.Â After our post ran, the Duvall endorsement was scrubbed from the Amante for Assembly website and the voters took out Amante in the primary.
That said, we received another online flyer for a new Amante fundraiser at the Tustin Ranch Golf Center for April 6, 2010. Could it be an old invite working it’s way around?Â Nope.Â Â The folks at Paule Consulting who are involved in the fundraiser invite sent a corrected flyer and a call to the Tustin Ranch Golf Center confirmed that an Amante fundraiser was scheduled.
The big question is, a fundraiser for what?
Amante is termed out.Â He has already endorsed Todd Spitzer for an open County Board of Supervisor’s seat.Â He can’t beat Don Wagner for an assembly seat, and checking an online filing, Amante still has money left over in his account for his failed assembly run.
If Red County blogger Matt Cunningham can ask why State Senator Lou Corerra is holding fundraisers as a termed out state senator, we can ask why Amante is holding a fund raiser for a termed out mayor. Unlike Corerra, who is rumored to be a candidate for other offices, there doesn’t seem to be a place for Amante to go.Â A possible recall of Amante for his boorish behavior in dealing with Tustin residents during public comments and his unexplained firing of David Biggs as city manager that is going to cost Tustin taxpayers dearly makes him unpopular with residents whose votes he needs for a run at any future office.Â
Our friends at Paule Consulting won’t comment onÂ the reasoning for the fundraiser, but attending will cost you $250 at a minimum.
The event is hosted by Friends of Jerry Amante; insert your own pre-April Fools’ Day joke here.