Todd Zink returns big contributions in state Senate race
So it baffled some observers that Republican state Senate candidate Todd Zink’s campaign in the 27th District has returned $140,000 in recent days to two county GOP committees.
"Either Todd Zink is supremely confident, or else he is throwing in the towel," offered Parke Skelton, a campaign strategist for Democratic Sen. Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills), the other contestant in the Nov. 6 election.
The answer is much simpler: Zink had voluntarily agreed to abide by a state spending limit, which is $1,169,000, and he has reached the limit, according to John Peshong, chairman of the Republican Party of San Luis Obispo. Zink returned $100,000 in contributions from Peshong’s committee and $40,000 he had received from the GOP committee in Sacramento County.
For accepting the limit, Zink was allowed to place a candidate's statement in the official voter pamphlet. Pavley did not observe the voluntary spending limit, Skelton said..
Zink, a Los Angeles County prosecutor and former Marine, noted that he just purchased $60,000 more time for radio ads for the last week of the campaign. "Understand that Marines never give up," he said.
Republicans are still hopeful Zink can unseat Pavley in a district that straddles the San Fernando Valley and Ventura County. "He has an exceptionally strong campaign," Peshong said of Zink. "He’s running a great race."
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Photo: State Senate candidate Todd Zink. Credit: Todd Zink for Senate / Associated Press