Curiously, nobody is calling him a white Hispanic.
Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo’s arrest Saturday on suspicion of burglary and prowling is likely to curtail any short-term plans of his to seek higher office and could cut short or limit his career in local government, political observers said Sunday.
While the extent of immediate damage to his political prospects isn’t yet clear, the dramatically different outlook is a blow to the 32-year-old Santa Rosa native, whose roots in the Latino community and support among Democratic Party leaders in Sacramento and beyond had given him the lustre of a rising star.
Elected first to the Board of Supervisors in 2008 and re-elected last year, he was widely expected this summer to announce a run for state legislative office. The arrest put a sudden hush to those rumors.
“Last week, there were conversations about what he might run for next year,” said Stephen Gale, chairman of the Sonoma County Democratic Party. “I don’t think there will be any of those conversations this week.”
Gee, you think? Seems to us a criminal record would be a resume-enhancer among today’s Democrats.
“I think it’s too early to say Efren has imploded,” said David McCuan, a Sonoma State University political scientist. “But this certainly has put his rise into a stall. His ambitions are plummeting back to earth.”
Carrillo’s plans for higher office, including a possible run for the state Assembly or Senate, were likely “on hold if not out,” McCuan said.
Via Free Beacon.