Labor-backed IE spending money in SD7 on Republican who dropped out

STATE SENATE | DISTRICT 7 | Steve Glazer urged his supporters Sunday night to “Follow the $” after learning a political action committee typically backed by labor is spending thousands to back the lone Republican in the State Senate 7th District special election primary next month even though she dropped out of the race earlier this month. “Obvious dirty trick,” Glazer tweeted.

The Asian American Small Business PAC has spent $46,378, according to finance reports, to back Republican Michaela Hertle, despite its history of backing mostly liberal Asian American candidates–of which, she is neither.

The expenditures were posted over the weekend and has already resulted in one mailer touting Hertle, a previously unknown candidate, for the open state senate seat.

During the last election cycle, for instance, the PAC contributed thousands of dollars to the campaigns of Asian American Democratic such as John Chiang, Betty Yee, David Chiu, Evan Low and Rob Bonta, among others.

Possibly to blunt the curious coupling of the Asian American PAC’s influence, Glazer, a Democrat, announced late Monday the endorsement of his campaign by the Silicon Valley Chinese Association.

The presence of a Republican in the race, no matter their prominence, is seen as a threat to Glazer’s centrist platform. In press releases, Glazer’s campaign is quick to note Hertle has dropped out of the race and has endorsed his candidacy.

The increasingly expensive three-person primary race on Mar. 17. The race also includes Assemblymember Susan Bonilla and former Assemblymember Joan Buchanan. If no candidate reaches a majority of the vote, the top two will face off on May 19.