Weekend Open Thread: Josh Newman’s Sweet Deal for Voters


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Many politicians are intelligent.  Some politicians — far fewer than they think — are funny.  But it’s the rare politician that is truly witty — and especially in a warm, winsome and absurdist way.

Josh Newman is the rare politician who combines all of these traits.  He did it with his bear suit; he did it with his logo of the bear embracing the state of California; he did it with his blimp.  (Yes, a literal blimp.  Not a huge one, though.)  And now …

Now he’s doing it with his ice cream truck — handing out ice cream sandwiches to voters (and accompanying minors) through next week’s Election Day — and (very likely) on through November.

I heard that our local Fox News was covering his event, so I decided to go out there to check out some local flavor.  Meaning the rally itself, of course.

The other side of the truck gave me an totally different view of Josh Newman.  By that I mean a caricature and some more specific takes on his qualities and issues stances.

This included, for the first time I can recall, the nutritional facts on his campaign.  (More about the two women in the photo in a moment.)

This is Gloria, one of the two confection conveyance and service engineers (my words, not Josh’s) who drives the truck and serves the delectable comestibles.  (Mike is the other one.)  Behind her is one of the collector’s edition red Newman signs (although not the “Hello, My Name is” model, which I imagine now goes for a fortune on eBay), rather than one of the new ones in blueprint blue.  It evokes nostalgia for better times, when there wasn’t a Trumpian fabricator of personal history and qualifications in office.  (Although presumably Ling-Ling must have that Harvard degree by now — right?)  With each ice cream came a pamphlet on Josh and his campaign — and a second pamphlet for anyone who asked him about the recall.

And here, on duty, is someone whose name I knew, but had never met in person. The conductor of the Newman Express is Isabella Rubio, whom I had endorsed for DPOC Central Committee from AD-55!  Her job responsibilities appear to include looking dapper in a conductor’s costume — and judging from our conversation she is very bright, very nice, and has the sort of good governance values that really makes me hope that she does get elected.  She has good taste in candidates, too!

Moving back from the truck before my will power was no longer strong enough to prevent my trying to cadge a second ice cream sandwich, I found Josh interacting with his likely voters.  His hands are balled into fists not with rage, but with determination — possibly having to do with not letting me have that extra ice cream, because he knows that I shouldn’t.  I couldn’t find the one with DPOC Central Committee candidate Cynthia Aguirre in it, but she was there too.

Because having a freaking ice cream truck is not cute enough as it is, Josh also has a cutout that allows people two show that they are on the bus, or on the truck, or whatever.  Whatever, people really seemed to like it — and the new logo of Josh’s California Bear cradling the ice cream bar. (“Bar Bear”?) I’m assured that the cutout does not emit any greenhouse gases while properly used.

Of course, one of the notable things about this event was the presence of Fox 11 (much better than the national brand) to cover it for their news show.  That did happen — and Josh took the opportunity to look a bit rugged for the camera.

Then, at long last, we took some group photos.  It may have gone on for a while longer after I’d left, but I had already gotten what I’d come for: an ice cream sandwich a look at the new campaign of the once and future State Senator from SD-29, Josh Newman.

That’s a wrap, and that’s this week’s Weekend Open Thread.  Talk about that or anything else you like within reasonable bounds of decency, discretion, and decorum.


About Greg Diamond

Somewhat verbose attorney, semi-retired due to disability, residing in northwest Brea. Occasionally runs for office against bad people who would otherwise go unopposed. Got 45% of the vote against Bob Huff for State Senate in 2012; Josh Newman then won the seat in 2016. In 2014 became the first attorney to challenge OCDA Tony Rackauckas since 2002; Todd Spitzer then won that seat in 2018. Every time he's run against some rotten incumbent, the *next* person to challenge them wins! He's OK with that. Deposed as Northern Vice Chair of DPOC in April 2014 (in violation of Roberts Rules) when his anti-corruption and pro-consumer work in Anaheim infuriated the Building Trades and Teamsters in spring 2014, who then worked with the lawless and power-mad DPOC Chair to eliminate his internal oversight. Expelled from DPOC in October 2018 (in violation of Roberts Rules) for having endorsed Spitzer over Rackauckas -- which needed to be done. None of his pre-putsch writings ever spoke for the Democratic Party at the local, county, state, national, or galactic level, nor do they now. One of his daughters co-owns a business offering campaign treasurer services to Democratic candidates and the odd independent. He is very proud of her. He doesn't directly profit from her work and it doesn't affect his coverage. (He does not always favor her clients, though she might hesitate to take one that he truly hated.) He does advise some local campaigns informally and (so far) without compensation. (If that last bit changes, he will declare the interest.)