Dana Point City Councilwoman Diane Harkey had plenty of friends in Newport Beach when she campaigned for the 35th District State Senate seat in 2006, but a planned fundraiser on their turf today may also bring out enemies.
Harkey narrowly lost the open seat to Tom Harman in an April 2006 special election. Now she's running for a state assembly seat in a district that doesn't include Newport but following the trend of fundraising in town.
But when she gets to Newport, Harkey may face protesters who are trying to recall her from her council seat.
Attorney James Lacy — a former Dana Point councilman who is coincidentally working on the city hall ballot measure in Newport — said about 20 demonstrators with signs will crash Harkey's $1,000-a-plate party to bring attention to the recall effort. He said they're angry she's run for statewide office twice in two years instead of attending to her duties on the City Council.