Leo Hamel's Ties to Church of Scientology Eyed in Assembly Race - 2016-03-18
San Diego jeweler Leo Hamel, a Republican candidate for state Assembly, says he joined the controversial Church of Scientology at age 18 or 19 but hasn't taken part in church functions since the early 2000s.
Hamel's connection to the church founded by science-fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard is being debated on sdrostra.com, a conservative blog, and raised as an issue by one of his rivals.
"The Scientology question is a fair one," Eric Andersen said in a comment. "Although religion should not be a test for office, it helps us understand the ideas our representatives will uphold."