Darrell Steinberg: Angelique Ashby’s Lawsuit is a ‘Desperate Ploy’

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SACRAMENTO -- Mid-May mayoral politicking in Sacramento has two contenders leaving some shoe leather on the City’s sidewalks.

"I want to be their mayor. I want to know what they think. I want to have as many conversations as I can," said Angelique Ashby, as she canvassed in East Sacramento.

Across town, Darrell Steinberg is knocking on door in Hollywood Park.

"We're trying to get to every area of the city. Today we're in Hollywood park, which is a beautiful neighborhood," Steinberg said.

But as the two candidates spend their Saturday trying to connect with voters in different neighborhoods, their campaigns are crossing paths in court.

"The last thing I need right now is to file a lawsuit, right? I'd rather be out here, and talking to folks, and campaigning," Ashby said.

But Ashby's campaign did file suit, contending that Steinberg acted illegally by moving $220,000 from a campaign war chest, amassed for the Lt. Governor's race, into an account funding his race to be Sacramento's next mayor.

"Yesterday, while the Governor was embracing my $2 billion plan to build housing for the homeless, my opponent was filing a silly lawsuit. And it's just kind of a desperate ploy," Steinberg said.

The suit was filed Friday, and it's too soon to say whether the money, or the legal action over the money, is swaying many voters one way or another.

"All I'm asking for is for this to be a reasonable, local mayor's race. And I feel like there's so much money from outside influences. And I don't mean like a little bit," Ashby said.

When FOX40 asked Steinberg if the voters he met today were asking him about the suit, he said no. "It's an effort to grab some attention. And my view is, I'm talking about the future of Sacramento. I'm running a positive campaign," Steinberg said.

Both campaigns cite legal precedence and opinions supporting their stance on the money.