Bonnie's Buddies

The invitation for last Thursday's big campaign fund-raiser at the Town and Country hotel called it an "All American Reception," featuring "Baseball, Hot Dogs, Apple Pie and...Bonnie Dumanis for District Attorney!" But Dumanis's well-heeled guests were careful to leave the First Amendment at the door of the hotel's cavernous California Ballroom. A TV crew and a print photographer who showed up to cover the bash were kicked off the property by beefy hotel security men. Timing of the event wasn't opportune for host Sheriff Bill Kolender, who is aligned with fellow Republican Dumanis in her battle against Democratic San Diego city attorney Michael Aguirre over control of municipal misdemeanor cases. Kolender was joined on the invite by the usual complement of city hall lobbyists and special interests, including Cox Communications' Mary Ball, Padres booster George Mitrovich, and developer and one-time port district boardmember Peter Janopaul

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