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Lorena Gonzalez, secretary/treasurer for the San Diego-Imperial Counties Labor Council, feels the local Democratic Party has a long way to go when it comes to such things as fundraising and get-out-the-vote efforts — the cornerstones of a professional party infrastructure.

That being said, Gonzalez took issue with a quote I attributed to her in my story Monday on the party’s record in recent elections. Here is the part of the quote she objects to:

“… there have been no real attempts to create an infrastructure and professionalize the party.”

Gonzalez said she didn’t use those words. My notes say she did.

She had this to add today: “The Democratic Party is behind the Republicans in creating an infrastructure and professionalizing the party — it is in its infancy.”

This reality, she said, contributed to her loss to Kevin Faulconer in the 2005 election for San Diego City Council’s District 2 seat.

DAVID WASHBURN

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