Deputy District Attorney Adam Gordon resigned on Monday to become campaign coordinator for Robert Brewer’s bid to unseat District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis in the June 3 election.
Gordon, who has handled 30 jury trials during his five years as a county prosecutor, said he was joining the campaign because he believes Brewer has a "strong and independent vision" for the office and will lead it away from recent "political maneuvering" that he says has led to internal turmoil at the D.A.'s office.
Gordon said his top priority now is to launch the "ground game" for the campaign, including phone banks, signs and voter outreach.
Brewer, who started his career as a deputy district attorney and assistant U.S. attorney in Los Angeles, has spent the past 32 years in private practice, most recently as partner in charge of the San Diego office of the international law firm Jones Day.
He has made a special effort to attract prosecutors and law enforcement officers to his campaign, gaining the backing of the San Diego Deputy City Attorneys Association and San Diego Police Officers Association, as well as at least nine other police associations throughout the county.
Brewer is currently seeking the endorsement of the Deputy District Attorneys Association, promising to bolster prosecutorial discretion, create transparent management and not to run for any other office -- a reference to Dumanis' unsuccessful 2012 campaign for mayor.
The association has not yet made an endorsement, but Brewer said one reason he picked Gordon as campaign coordinator is that he "represents a strong voice for the deputy district attorneys."
Dumanis has been endorsed by the San Diego Police Chiefs’ and Sheriff’s Association and the San Diego County District Attorney Investigators Association.
But most of her endorsements have come from local business groups, such as the San Diego Restaurant Association, Downtoan San Diego Partnership and San Diego Association of Realtors.
So far, Brewer has raised $482,000 for his campaign compared to $381,000 for Dumanis.