‘Donors have seen how much money Nadia is getting…and they know more is coming.’ By Steven Tavares Nadia Lockyer’s successful primary victory last week cost her over $50 per vote. Her 38 percent share of the vote easily outdistanced November runoff opponent, former state Sen. Liz Figueroa by 14-points. So, with Lockyer’s seemingly unlimited supply of cash and most of the Democratic Party apparatus at her disposal, how can Figueroa keep up?
A few local officials have told The Citizen, they cannot see a way for Figueroa to find donors to write out checks against the albatross that is the Lockyers. “Donors have seen how much money Nadia is getting from Bill’s campaign and they know more is coming,” said a local officials who wished to remain anonymous. “People don’t want to write checks for a campaign with so much up against it, to put it nicely”
Since Lockyer announced her intention to replace retiring Supervisor Gail Steele last year, there has been a strong local perception her husband and State Treasurer Bill Lockyer, would put every resource towards winning the seat. “Bill is not going to let his wife lose the seat,” one East Bay political consultant flatly said.
Many observers hold the belief Figueroa ran her primary campaign relying solely on the name-recognition she earned over nearly two decades of public service. Her former state senate district nearly replicates the current District 2 seat on the Board of Supervisors. If last week’s primary delivered any message it is Figueroa’s ID advantage has disappeared. Figueroa is cognizant of the money advantage and tried to portray it in a dark light last week saying her opponent’s large donations from her husband are “Not illegal, but unethical.” She also questioned the $55,000 donation given to the state Democratic Party as one reason for the party’s endorsement of Nadia Lockyer.
Figueroa says he already has a few fundraisers to announce and is ready to talk about the issues. One story pushed by the Lockyer campaign that did not gain much steam in the local media may return this fall. Figueroa’s tax problems may again become a focal point of her opponent, although she has produced evidence she is paying back the county through a payment plan. If there is a wildcard come November, it may very well be the role of the media, which has had a prickly relationship with the Lockyer campaign, sofar. The San Francisco Chronicle portrayed her as evasive and others have griped about access to the candidate along with instances when Lockyer has only answered questions with surrogates in the room.