Survey seeks to uncover impact of Gibson’s affair
May 21, 2013
Select voters in District 2 of San Luis Obispo County have been contacted recently by telephone and asked to participate in a survey about current county supervisor Bruce Gibson. Specifically, the survey attempts to measure the impact of Gibson’s recent public admission that he has been having a long-term affair with his legislative assistant Cherie Aispuro.
Last November, Gibson, who is serving his second term as District 2 supervisor, announced that he had been having an affair with Aispuro and planned to leave his wife. Immediately afterwards, Aispuro, who was also married, was transferred briefly to the County Clerk-Recorder’s office before Gibson decided in early 2013 to bring her back as his legislative assistant.
In the telephone survey, voters were asked about what local media they use to get their information and the impact of the affair on their support for Gibson. The survey also measured how Gibson would do against potential challengers, including former Morro Bay mayor Janice Peters, San Luis Obispo City Councilman John Ashbaugh, and Los Osos CSD Director Marshall Ochylski, who lost to Gibson in 2010.
Neither Gibson nor Peters responded to a request for comment. Ochylski and Ashbaugh said they did not commission the survey. Ashbaugh also indicated that he has no plans currently to challenge Gibson, who is slated for re-election in 2014.
“At this point, I am supporting Gibson,” Ashbaugh said. “Some will not vote for him. He will not win as big as he did last time, but I expect him to win. I will consider running if he steps down.”
Ochylski said he is considering making another run for the supervisor’s seat, but has not yet made a final decision. Former Los Osos CSD director Julie Tacker is also believed to be considering challenging Gibson.
At the end of the survey, voters were asked to choose between Ashbaugh and Gibson.
District 2 includes the coastline from Los Osos to San Simeon, as well as part of Templeton and San Luis Obispo.