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There’s some good stuff from me in this week’s issue of CityBeat. Specifically, three good things.

First: a quick look at SD County Sheriff candidate Jay La Suer’s finances, as part of our weekly “Turds and Blossoms” feature, in which we award turds and blossoms to candidates for their various blunders and achievements. (To read the whole feature, go here.)

In the hole

Last November, Sheriff Joe Arpaio—the Arizona lawman famous for housing inmates in a “Tent City” and staging controversial immigration sweeps—brought his posse to San Diego to raise money for Jay La Suer, a Republican running to replace Sheriff Bill Gore.

Yet, according to campaign-finance reports, Arpaio never actually made a monetary donation.

“I never asked for one,” La Suer says. “I thought he was being extremely helpful and extremely generous by coming over here and taking the time out of his schedule to help me out.”

That’s too bad, because La Suer could use a little more cash. While Gore reported an ending balance of more than $100,000 for the first quarter of 2010, La Suer reported his campaign was in the red.

Playing down the deficit, La Suer attributed it to an “accounting error” and said his campaign will soon amend the forms.

What was the error? “I don’t know,” he said. “I didn’t make it.”

La Suer’s good attitude about Arpaio’s donations (or lack thereof) wins him 250 blossoms—roughly equivalent to the price of a round-trip ticket to Phoenix. But for pleading ignorance about his campaign’s bungled bookkeeping, we credit him 2,276.27 turds—accounting for every penny he owes.

Written by Peter Holslin

April 14, 2010 at 8:37 am

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