Gratuitous Don Perata Recall Story in Chron

The San Francisco Chronicle published a detailed piece about Perata’s effort to recall Jeff Denham this morning, but it seemed bizarrely out of place. For one thing, the Chron has covered the race in drips and drabs already, and the editorial page has already weighed in on the issue, denouncing the recall campaign and Perata’s role in it. We know there’s a firewall between news and editorial, and the two operations don’t coordinate their work, but it still seems as if this story should have run a few weeks ago, especially since anyone following the action already knows the gist of it. Still, reporter John Wildermuth does snag some juicy tidbits: the recall campaign is almost entirely financed by the Perata-controlled Voter Education and Registration Fund; and Sandi Polka, the mysterious consultant who draws hundreds of thousands of dollars a year from Perata-controlled campaign groups, is running the campaign. Nice to have that on the record.

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