From the Fink Files
We find ourselves talking about Derek Fink once more, who you may remember got himself tied up in a business imbroglio with one of his diehard supporters back in January. Well, it sounds like Fink has never recovered from this snafu as his campaign is now asking surrogates to try to clear the field from him.
Fink had Delegate Steve Schuh, one of Fink’s longtime supporters and the man who allowed Fink to manage his 2006 Delegate campaign, approach County Council candidate Carl “Dutch” Holland about withdrawing from the Republican Primary here in District 3. Schuh allegedly told Holland that he “had no chance at winning” and that Holland should withdraw because of it.
While it it true Holland did not file until late in the filing period, this is not Dutch Holland’s first rodeo; he has long been involved in county politics. Holland served on the County Council from 1990-1994. Holland was the first Republican to win in the 3rd District, ending the stranglehold of four-term Democrat Bud Ahern. Holland would win the Republican nomination in three straight elections, losing the general election to then Democrat Tom Redmond in 1994, and then defeating the newly minted Republican Redmond in 1998. Holland also finished second in a hotly contested Republican Senate Primary in 2006 despite little campaigning, achieving nearly a quarter of the vote on name recognition alone.
That means that Holland has to be considered one of the three frontrunners in this Republican Primary right there along with Fink and the aforementioned Redmond.
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What is interesting about this development is the fact that it makes crystal clear that Fink has never recovered from the severe damage he inflicted on his ties with the Pasadena area business community over the Cookie Kiser fiasco. The fact that Fink feels it necessary to approach a candidate who just entered the race last week shows that the Fink campaign is in a panic over their chances of winning on September 14th.
This is a sign of tremendous weakness on the part of a candidate whose operation thinks he is an unstoppable juggernaut.