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I don’t know whether or not this will be a regular feature, but you’ll notice — especially if you read Scott Moxley’s tongue-bathing in his “Navel Gazing” blog at OC Weekly — that Art Pedroza has created a new blog called “OC Politics,” where he will comment on politics in cities where he does not even live, and he would like everyone to click on it. That’s why he created a post with a poll for people to choose “Orange County’s Most Ridiculous Liberals” — hell, yes, I’ll link to him when I think that doing so is funny! — where I am currently in third place behind Prevatt and Dan C., so I’m asking people to go there and vote for me and only me. I want the honor that is the equivalent of being called a vicious liar by Newt Gingrich.
What prompts this post, though, is his reply to a comment from Publisher Vern, who noted the curious presence of Jose Solorio in the poll and the absence of Loretta Sanchez. Vern said: “Solorio ain’t a liberal. And Loretta is.” Art — now “Editor” rather than “Admin” — offered a response that contained this interesting observation:
“Sanchez really isn’t all that liberal. She was a Republican for over thirty years.”
According to Wikipedia, Loretta was born on January 7, 1960 — happy belated birthday, Congresswoman! — and switched to the Democratic Party to run for Congress in 1996.
Let’s do a little math: 1996-30=1966. 1966-1960=6.
Yes, in making this statement, Art is dating Loretta’s affiliation with the Republican Party as having begun no later than age 6, possibly at age 5 or even younger.
Moxley asserted that OC Politics would be “entertaining”; I agree, but I think that it would be better if it came with a laugh track.
As a bonus, if you go to Art’s new joint you will find a polls for who is the top woman in OC Politics. In that poll, Laguna Hills City Council Member Barbara Kogerman currently leads Loretta with 12 votes to 6, with two dozen other OC women trailing behind. Entertaining indeed! Look for more hard hitting stuff later, no doubt.
Art is also trying to “help” Michele Martinez win the 69th Assembly District seat. (“Help” is in quotes for a reason, but I guess that he is counting on the prospect that Michele, a reasonably sensible person, can’t really afford to disavow him no matter what he says.) It is in that spirit that he said this:
Perez could affect this race by handing the primary election to Tom Daly, a truly terrible Democrat who is as bad as most Republicans when it comes to immigrants and the working poor. If Perez takes enough Latino votes from leading candidate Michele Martinez, who is a Santa Ana Council Member, the vote split could put Daly on top.
[Note: the campaign fundraising totals are not yet in, but I for one will be surprised in Martinez is the "leading" candidate by any measure beyond Art's wish-fulfillment.]
But then Art finishes with this:
Are you ready for a full on socialist to represent an Orange County Assembly District in Sacramento? That is what will happen if Perez prevails in the open primary.
On the one hand, this sort of red-baiting of standard liberals is no longer done in polite society. On the other hand, it’s nice to see that apparently Art believes that Perez will beat Daly if they win the top two slots. (I presume that Daly is not the supposed “socialist” he had in mind.) But my real problem with Art is, again, math. He does not seem to understand how the top-two primary works: to “put Daly on top” is not a problem so long as one of the Democrats one prefers finishes second and makes the runoff in November.
My own ranking of candidates is this: Perez, Martinez, Daly, Hammond (the sole Republican now running.) The reasonable concern would be that Hammond, simply on the basis of his party registration, might get enough of the vote (maybe 20-30%) so that he could edge the two Dems who don’t win. I agree that that’s a problem — and there is a solution — the very one that Van Tran tried against Loretta Sanchez in 2010 (and that people have been doing in other races for a long, long time): recruit someone to split the vote.
Tran wanted another Latina, Ceci Iglesias, to split the Latina vote. (She was widely understood to be a Republican, but she ran for Congress as an Independent.) So: someone should recruit another Republican to run in the 69th so that they split the 20-30% of the Republican vote and make it likely that neither would get more than 15%. Barring one candidate running away with the race, the second-place Democrat should get over 15%, making the seat pretty safe.
Art is the one with Republican contacts, so if he is really that worried about Perez spoiling the race for Daly, he should get on the phone and recruit a Republican candidate whose presence would almost assure that Art can vote for either Martinez or Perez against Daly in November, if Daly makes the runoff. I also wonder whether he will call on Michele to drop out of the race if Perez skunks her in fundraising when the figures come out. Should we take a poll?