Monday, July 29, 2013 – 09:30 a.m.
I went back and checked.
This blog has previously posted about how State Assemblyman Curt Hagman is considering a run for the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors.
Hagman is termed out at the end of 2014, with no place to land.
However the plan may place Hagman at odds with longtime friend and Fourth District Supervisor Gary Ovitt.
At this point, Ovitt is leaning towards running for a final term. His last under county term limits.
The interesting twist here? Hagman really wants the seat.
Multiple sources tell The Insider that Hagman has two individuals leaning on him to challenge Ovitt, if necessary.
San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos, and his O.C.-based campaign consultant Dave Ellis, are reportedly pushing Hagman to go at Ovitt.
The pitch line being, We need another vote on, you got it, “our team”!
Ellis, who’s popularity in Orange County political circles has be tumultuous, to an extent, already has his claws in San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner John McMahon. (McMahon’s own admission.)
Now he’s trying to influence Hagman?
Ellis has had some recent bumps in his San Bernardino County business. Last year, his firm Delta Partners LLC, lost a contract with the San Bernardino County Employees Retirement Association (SBCERA). A contract to consult on some dubious money management concept. Sources are also saying Ellis may have also damaged or lost a relationship, with the San Bernardino County Safety Employees Benefit Association (SEBA).
Ramos, on the other hand, has his own set of problems coming down the road, and it’s no secret Ovitt can’t stand Ramos.
Hagman is also Chairman of the San Bernardino County Republican Party, and both he and Ovitt are republicans. Also, the county is now under new campaign finance limits, put in place by supervisors last January. As a result, campaign money, with the exception of independent expenditures, will be hard to come by.
One thing is certain. Many donors aren’t too pleased with the idea that Hagman may challenge Ovitt. But it’s another thing if Ovitt retires.