San Diego District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis has released the copy of a letter of recommendation she wrote for the son of a Mexican millionaire at the center of a campaign funding scheme.
Jose Azano Matsura is charged with using middlemen to make illegal foreign contributions to several San Diego candidates including Dumanis when she ran for mayor.
Up until now, Dumanis had refused to release her recommendation letter to the University of San Diego for Matsura's son, saying it was not public record.
But Dumanis says she has released it in hopes that "we can all focus on holding the individuals charged with crimes responsible for their actions."
The letter, which Dumanis released to the media on Wednesday, reads:
I am writing to support the admissions application of Susumo Azano, Jr. I believe that he will make an immediate and positive contribution to the student body at the University of San Diego.
Susumo is a bright, energetic, compassionate and genuinely well-rounded young man. Susumo has volunteered annual with various charitable groups in impoverished areas in the state of Jalisco, Mexico, as well as supporting human and immigrant rights campaigns along the California - Mexico border.
As a Political Science major, Susumo has shown an active interest in government and politics and as a teenager he actively participated in political campaigns throughout Mexico.
Susumo is an exceptional student and individual, one that would contribute greatly to any program. I recommend him and wish him the very best in all future endeavors.
Dumanis also released the following statement on the matter, saying there would be no further comment:
“Speculation over this letter has been without merit. Even though this is not a public record, but a personal letter, I have decided to release this letter in this case only. It is my hope that by doing so, we can all focus on holding the individuals charged with crimes responsible for their actions.”
Dumanis is now in her fourth term in office as District Attorney after beating out lawyer Robert Brewer in a recent election. She had enough votes to avoid a runoff in November, despite being accused by her opponents of politicizing the office.
Dumanis has denied the claim that she has politicized the office, pointing to a strong conviction rate by the prosecutors who work under her, though the specific numbers are disputed.