Tony Krvaric sure is sweet to us
I have consumed far too much sugar this morning, thanks to San Diego County Republican Party Chairman Tony Krvaric and his Swedish candy.
Last night, Krvaric threw a “crow-eating” party for CityBeat and our “liberal brethren” after losing a wager with Associate Editor Kelly Davis.
Last week, through Twitter, Krvaric placed a bet with Davis over whether Carl DeMaio’s managed-competition initiative would make it on the ballot. At the time, the county Registrar of Voters, based on a statistical sample, had determined that there weren’t enough legitimate signatures for the measure to qualify and the DeMaio camp was planning to pay for a hand count.
Krvaric said he’d throw a party for CityBeat and 10 of our friends if he lost. Davis said I’d have to be Krvaric’s slave for a day if we lost. I didn’t agree to this bet, but I would’ve honored it anyway. Hell if I’m going to give Krvaric the opportunity to challenge our rag’s character.
Thankfully we didn’t lose—days later DeMaio realized that challenging the registrar’s findings in court would’ve cost his campaign and taxpayers a fortune.
After extensive negotiation, the party was set for last night at Downtown Johnny Brown’s. Evan McLaughlin from the Labor Council turned up, as did Democratic activist and lawyer Colin Parent, Coast Law Group attorney Livia Borak and legal assistant Sara Honadle and former Chula Vista City Council Candidate and Ben Hueso staffer Humberto Peraza.
To our surprise, Carl DeMaio and his staff joined us for a slice of humble pie, as did City Councilmember Kevin Faulconer. We also had Pam Slater-Price’s communications director, Erica Holloway. We argued over the election, medical marijuana, labor unions, pension funds and Fourth of July fireworks. It was awesome.
What else was awesome: Krvaric came bearing gifts, including a ton of candy from Ikea (Krvaric was a Swedish citizen before emigrating to the United States). He gave us official Republican Party pens and stickers. Dave Rolland received a light-up Obama shirt, Davis accepted an autographed copy of Meg Whitman’s book and I got a McCain-Palin hat, one of the limited-edition ones that were handed out only at the 2008 Republican National Convention.
That’s some full disclosure for you. If “Downtown Johnny Brown’s” turns up on the county Republicans’ campaign finance forms, you’ll know what that was about.
Say what you will about Krvaric, DeMaio, Faulconer and the Republicans: They keep their word and they accept, with humility, when they’re wrong.
They’re also pretty fun.