City Attorney Mike Aguirre’s political consultant just said in an interview that his client’s reelection race is almost certainly over, and that Aguirre can also probably forget about running for election in San Diego for the next two years at least.

According to the latest numbers, Aguirre trails challenger Jan Goldsmith by about 20 percentage points. Crotty opined earlier that the incumbent needed to be within about 7 or 8 percentage points after the absentee votes had been counted to have a realistic chance of winning

“It would be highly unlikely that we can get the votes to catch up,” the consultant, Chris Crotty, said.

Aguirre wasn’t able to ride the unprecedented wave of Democratic voters who showed out in San Diego, Crotty said. But he said the incumbent will still pull in plenty of votes, especially from districts south of Interstate 8.

What’s next for Aguirre? I asked him.

Crotty said his client will probably just go back to working as a lawyer for awhile. He said Aguirre probably wants to raise some more money, perhaps in anticipation of a run for office, in some capacity, in a few years’ time.

“Whatever he does, it will be something in public service,” Crotty said.


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