Rafael Estrada is running for a seat in the California state senate in the San Diego area. He’s a Democrat, an Air Force veteran, a public school paraeducator, and the treasurer of the local chapter of the California School Employees Association, the statewide union for education support employees.
But he didn’t receive the endorsement of the California Teachers Association. That went to the incumbent, Ben Hueso.
Hueso is facing a lawsuit alleging he unlawfully used campaign funds to pay the legal fees of a previous lawsuit. In August he was arrested on suspicion of DUI.
Hueso was arrested Aug. 22 on suspicion of DUI after driving the wrong way on a one-way road in a state-owned car near the Capitol. His blood alcohol content was 0.08 percent, according to the Sacramento District Attorney’s Office.
After initially charging the senator with two counts of misdemeanor DUI, prosecutors have subsequently offered Hueso a lesser reckless driving charge that includes no jail time. A hearing in the case was set for September but was put off until Nov. 6, two days after the election.
Does this faze CTA? Nope, it stands by Hueso.
“CTA’s State Council of Education endorsed him back in March, long before this personal incident happened, and they endorsed him for his proven record and commitment to California’s public schools and colleges,” said a CTA spokeswoman.
I’ll drink to that.