Dan Walters: Perata Recall Drive Remains a Mystery



Three weeks after Don Perata's recall drive against state Senator Jeff Denham went down like the lead balloon it always was, Sac Bee columnist Dan Walters still can't let it go. What, he asks, was Perata thinking? Could it be that he couldn't control Denham like he could Republican Senator Abel Maldonado? Was he out to get a two-thirds Democratic majority to smooth out the budget deliberations? Or could it be a sneaky way to grease his friends with money? "Another potential motive for the recall surfaced in several articles in one of Perata's hometown newspapers, the East Bay Express, which suggested that it was a way for Perata to transfer hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign funds to close friends and campaign aides under the guise of recall campaign consulting," Walters wrote. Naah. Couldn't be that.