In his run for mayor of San Jose, Dave Cortese has taken more than his share of credit for big picture collaborations, thumping a little chest in emailed press statements. (Hey, it’s election season. He ain’t alone.) But lost in the minutiae, the county supervisor, who is running against Sam Liccardo, has been sending out campaign emails from the same address he uses for constituent outreach in his current job—a frowned-upon practice. Fly confirmed with several sources that Cortese has also sent shout-outs to people who never signed up for the missives. Cortese dodged Fly’s phone calls, preferring to explain the unusual dual-role address approach in piecemeal emails. Noting a Rolodex developed over 30 years, Cortese said he uses the email account “primarily for media inquiries” but didn’t deny using it for county business—which would shield the communications from public records requests. He also vaguely acknowledged that some email contacts were “derived from public records among other sources.” He added, however, that his campaign pays for the email account, recipients can easily opt out of the emails and no outside parties have given him their email contacts. Cortese has long been expected to receive an assist from the county Democratic Party’s committee, otherwise known as the United Democratic Campaign (UDC), in the November runoff. But it could be time to temper those expectations. While free to spend as much money as it wants on member-to-member communications, which is basically any locally registered Democrat, Fly was surprised to learn that the UDC has yet to spend a single dime on the San Jose mayor’s race, according to party chair Steve Preminger. In fact, the last campaign statement filed for the group in May shows the county party had more than $100,000 in debt with less than $67,000 cash on hand. Nearly half the debt, $44,781, came from leftover bills in getting Cindy Chavez elected to her county supervisor seat. Not surprising, nearly all of the money was owed to labor mailhouse Pacific Printing.