The OB Rag Has NOT Endorsed Lukacs for District 2, Despite Her Mailer

by on October 28, 2022 · 28 comments

in Election, Ocean Beach

There’s a Linda Lukacs campaign mailer just out that implies the OB Rag has endorsed her candidacy. That is not true. The Rag has not endorsed Lukacs — or Campbell either for that matter.

On one side of the small flier, put out by the Committee to Elect Linda Lukacs for City Council 2022, Campbell is slammed. On the flip side it’s just testimonials by certain District 2 people. One of the favorable quotes is by Judi Curry who writes for the Rag.

Her quote is given, her name, “Resident,” and then in parentheses “OB Rag”. This is misleading as it implies that both Judi and the Rag are favorable to her. Judi is; we’re not.

Yet, Judi did not know that a quote of hers had been used on a Lukacs mailer. The quote is from the 2nd part of an interview Judi did with Lukacs a while back published here. Judi did not hold back in her positive vibrations towards Linda. But at the top of the post was a disclaimer stating that Judi’s opinion was her own and not of the Rag’s.

So, the Lukacs campaign simply lifted Judi’s quote, without hers or our authorization. But that’s the way it goes in San Diego politics. Doesn’t it?

The Lukacs campaign did what other recent Democratic party-affiliated campaigns have done. During the Primary, just a few months ago, Jen Campbell benefited from campaign mailers that attributed misleading and downright slanderous quotations by fellow Democrat Lori Saldaña. The mailers were sent out by a PAC associated with Mayor Todd Gloria, another Democrat.

This bi-partisan behavior during political campaigns is the kind of stuff that turns people off.

But it can’t.

The people, the voters are more important than paid consultants who make this stuff up. In fact, the voters are more important than the politicians who run in the campaigns, who pay the consultants and who agree — in some detail — what the consultants write and mail out.

We must vote, despite them.



Gravitas October 29, 2022 at 8:11 am

I support Lukacs….same as Judi Curry. SAME REASON ..NO ON C!!!

Mandy HAVLIK October 29, 2022 at 8:56 am

Where do they mention an OB RAG endorsement? It appears to me that it was put there to identify the organization she is associated with. Is Judi not a reporter for the OB RAG?

Paul Webb October 29, 2022 at 10:45 am

Frank, I understand your concern that you do not want to be painted as endorsing Lukac’s candidacy, but I interpreted it as citing the source of the quote as being taken from the OB Rag, not a Rag endorsement. But, reasonable people can have differing interpretations.

laplayaheritage October 29, 2022 at 1:47 pm

I do not see it as an endorsement
Only a written quote, and the source of the quote
It seems very normal

Frank Gormlie October 29, 2022 at 7:37 pm

Appreciate all these comments and I completely understand that view — that it was identifying the source of her quote or organization (although note that neither of the other 2 quoted, Ed Harris and Mandy Havlik, have any parentheses) and that it’s “normal.” And I’m glad that’s people’s interpretations. If it had just added the word “writer” or “columnist” after the Rag name, it would have been clearer.

And since there are other views of the quote and name, I felt compelled to post this statement to clarify our position.

laplayaheritage November 1, 2022 at 7:43 am

It does not matter what I think.

The only opinions on the Lukacs endorsements flyers that matters are the OB Rag, Frank, and Judy. If you say it was shady, then I agree.

retired botanist October 29, 2022 at 2:58 pm

Well, that sucks. Not just b/c of the faux endorsement, but b/c Lukacs herself presumably reviewed the material (aka “I approve this ad’ BS) and thot it ok to cockroach a fake business endorsement. There’s zero reason why, since the quote is Judi Curry’s, it needs to say anything other than ‘resident’, or even ‘OB resident’.
To wit, should all the other comments say things like “Jane Doe (in her backyard)”? Or “Tom Jones (on the street)”? Or “Ed Smith (overheard)”? Give me a break! But then, no surprise coming from someone who aligns w/ the Republican party…

GML October 31, 2022 at 10:16 am

Judi made that quote as part of an article in the OB Rag. Seems perfectly acceptable and reasonable to me. Don’t let your hate of everything republican cloud your perspective more than it already has.

Mike October 29, 2022 at 6:51 pm

Thanks for the clarification Frank. I agree it is misleading that Lukaks put (OB Rag) after Judi’s name, though I guess this is where Judi made the endorsement, so it is a bit understandable. I get lots of those stupid mailers and don’t even read them as they are all full of inuendos and half-truths; I am really sick of both R and Dems…I recently changed my registration to Independent, even though I don’t know of any R that I could vote for.

Tiffany Sanders October 30, 2022 at 12:48 pm

I would say the most misleading thing about this mailer is it doesn’t include the words “Republican” anywhere. Considering she’s endorsed by the GOP, it’s clear she thinks the only way she can win is by hiding her true values. Shameful.

retired botanist October 30, 2022 at 5:08 pm


Mandy HAVLIK October 31, 2022 at 8:22 am

This is a nonpartisan race. What’s shameful is the misrepresentations made by Jen Campbell and her record of “serving” our district. The mailers she is sending out are not factual and just as partisan as the other side stoking flames of fear instead of being truthful. The only way she can win is through fear mongering tactics. Definitely not in her own record of not being present in the community, being dishonest with the community and all around lack of leadership. I am a Democrat voting for Linda. I know Jen Campbell is absolutely going to do nothing for our community. We need new leadership here in D2.

Judi October 31, 2022 at 11:58 am

Campbell’s flyer does not designate her party affiliation either.

Mike October 31, 2022 at 1:39 pm

Neither candidate need indicate their party affiliation in a ‘non partisan’ contest. They might indirectly, if they list endorsements, but it certainly isn’t ‘shameful’ to not state an affiliation.

Tiffany Sanders October 31, 2022 at 3:15 pm

I’ve received numerous mailers with Jen being identified as a Democrat so not sure what any of you are talking about.

I’m so sick of this crap about it being a “non-partisan” race. Everyone here knows that’s not true and that if it was anyone facing off again Linda (like Lori or Joel or Mandy) all of you would be loudly yelling about her being a Republican.

Mandy, if this race isn’t about a person’s politics then why did YOU run as a Democrat and why has Linda accepted the endorsements of the SDGOP, Carl DeMaio and other terrorists? Why didn’t both of you run as independents? Spare me this non-partisan crap because if it was truly a non-partisan race, you wouldn’t be calling yourself a Dem right now but instead, you’re trying to convince people to vote for someone who’s a part of a party of traitors because you hate Jen Campbell.

In the words of Linda’s hero Donald Trump, SAD!

Mike October 31, 2022 at 4:04 pm

From the City web-site:
There are three kinds of elective offices in the City of San Diego:
• Mayor
• City Attorney
• City Councilmemeber (by District)
Each of these offices is nonpartisan

What does non-partisan election mean?

Nonpartisan, on the other hand, is an election when no declaration of political party allegiance, affiliation or affinity is allowed by the jurisdiction holding the election.

Of course that does not mean that the public will not know the background of candidates, just that party affiliation does not matter.

Tiffany Sanders October 31, 2022 at 5:57 pm

Mike you’re right that these are technically “non-partisan” races in that the party ID won’t show up on the ballot. Yet we don’t, as a society, operate in that vacuum. Jen was endorsed this summer by the SD Democratic Party and Linda was endorsed by the SDGOP, Carl DeMaio and a bunch of other election deniers. If she was truly a “non-partisan” candidate, she would not have accepted their support. So yes, in the narrowest sense it’s true that they’re “non-partisan” but these are two partisans in the race. The only one who benefits in a district as overwhelmingly blue as D2 from the idea that this isn’t about politics is Linda, who can hide her extreme beliefs behind the cover of “non-partisanship”.

Mike October 31, 2022 at 7:55 pm

Well, I don’t think of these city elections as partisan, I just take the candidates for what they stand for, and their prior actions. That also includes their endorsers, and yes, I do consider their party affiliation, but to me that does not make the election ‘partisan;’ I guess I just accept the city’s designation. I don’t think candidates have the responsibilty to reject endorsements…I’m not sure that is realistic or even possible, really, and I wouldn’t ask them to do that. I do see why you consider that partisan though. I guess you would only accept as non-partisan an independent (not a member of any party), and not a 3rd or 4th minor party candidate, or anyone who is endorsed by a party or member of a party (unless they reject the endorsement). In reality that is no one, and just makes any election partisan, even if the gov’t calls it non-partisan. Doesn’t matter really, except if the gov’t considered it partisan I guess they would need to hold a primary election if 2 candidates from the same party ran against each other; then only the winner would continue on to the general election (at least as the representative of that party). I wonder if not having to fund a primary is one of the reasons the city runs non-partisan elections?

retired botanist October 31, 2022 at 5:55 pm


Mandy HAVLIK October 31, 2022 at 3:55 pm

Just because you are registered as a Democrat doesn’t mean you are automatically a good or moral person. Your devisive comments are not what our community or country needs at all right now. I ran because I was tired of Jen Campbell’s lies, lack of leadership, lack of respect and lack of presence in my community. She wants another 4 years and won’t even debate or take questions from the community she wants to represent. I don’t default to a candidate’s party affiliation. I look at the individual and make my decision based on that. How foolish to just vote for party no matter what. I have met with Linda many times before I gave her my endorsement. She is prochoice. She is not anti-lgbtq. She is not a Trumper. She is who I feel will better serve our community.

Tiffany Sanders October 31, 2022 at 5:51 pm

“She wants another 4 years and won’t even debate or take questions from the community she wants to represent.”

Isn’t this you? At the same table as her? At a debate? In Point Loma?

Mandy, please tell me where she has publicly said she does not support Donald Trump. Please tell me who she voted for in 2020 because on this website, when asked about Trump, she said “As for my feelings regarding Trump, I am hopeful 2024 will introduce 2 major party candidates that are committed to bringing our country together.”

Seems like a dodge to me Mandy! If she wasn’t a Trumper she would have said so. You two are clearly BFF’s so please enlighten us about who the candidate you endorsed supported in the last election.

retired botanist October 31, 2022 at 6:08 pm

Mandy- “Just because you are registered as a Democrat doesn’t mean you are automatically a good or moral person.” No, it doesn’t. But in the same logic, just b/c you are a registered GOP, doesn’t mean you are an amoral, ignorant human being who supports the GOP? But no, that doesn’t pencil out. I just can’t fathom ANY reason why someone would affiliate and support a party that has so undermined virtually everything this country has stood for?! Locally, nationally, globally…. there is ZERO justification, no matter what “2 major party candidates…” might surface in 2024. Will Lukacs back De Santis? Or maybe Trump again? Nope, if this is how she chooses to deflect.

Mandy Havlik November 1, 2022 at 7:33 am

Thank you Tiffany for sharing the article. I have shared a link to the debate for all to view. This was the only time Jen Campbell debated in person. During the primary. Her political strategy is to stay away from the community in order to get re-elected. Watch the video from 52:40. Jen Campbell does her own best work when the audience doesn’t believe what she had to say.

She has refused to attend in person debates with community organizations such as the OB Town Council, Point Loma Association, San Diego Union Tribune and even denied an invitation to debate at Voice of SD Politifest.

We deserve better than Jen Campbell.

Hope we get new leadership in D2 this Fall!

Mandy Havlik November 1, 2022 at 7:46 am

Famous quote: “You people are so.. you’re so.. you’re soo wrong. I mean you’re soo wrong…..” Dr. Jen Campbell May 9th, 2022

Tiffany Sanders November 1, 2022 at 8:14 am

Definitely “famous” hahaha.

Still waiting on your answer to who your BFF and GOP member Linda voted for in the 2020 elections! Feel free to answer any time Mandy.

Mandy HAVLIK November 1, 2022 at 10:16 am

Ask her yourself. Her website is

Judy Collier November 1, 2022 at 9:28 am

I am speaking for myself only, and not on behalf of or implying any endorsement by any community organization:
On Wednesday evening at the Newbreak Church on Cape May and Ebers, Dr. Jen Campbell attended and spoke strongly in favor of expanding the Ocean Beach Library. She has consistently spoken in favor of this library expansion. She is supported by organizations that loudly proclaim a woman’s right to her own body, like Planned Parenthood and San Diego Democrats.
My lawn sign says it all: Re-elect Dr. Jen Campbell San Diego City Council.

Judy Collier November 1, 2022 at 9:30 am

The meeting was the Ocean Beach Planning Board.

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