Manuel Perez: No campaign comments until Friday

April 30th, 2013 | by Erica Felci | Comments

Assemblyman V. Manuel Perez has kicked off what’s bound to be one of the valley’s most high profile campaigns of 2014.

But don’t expect him to talk about his Riverside County supervisor bid anytime soon.

After two weeks of inquiries by The Desert Sun – including an offer to conduct an interview solely by email – Perez has notified reporters that he won’t be answering any questions until a Friday press conference in Palm Desert.

“Due to the fact that I am currently working on policy in Sacramento, fulfilling my duties as Assistant Majority Floor Leader and attending committee meetings all week, I will not be available for interviews until Friday,” Perez, a Coachella Democrat, said in the statement.

“I ask for your patience and consideration in this request.”

It should be noted that plenty of other local leaders – Republican and Democratic alike –have juggled legislative and campaign duties while responding to local media inquiries.

Perez on Sunday officially announced his plans to challenge Supervisor John Benoit, a Republican from Bermuda Dunes.

The race is for a nonpartisan seat. But it has already mobilized both political parties.

Friday’s press conference starts at noon at Freedom Park in Palm Desert.

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