Tino Rivera fundraiser features plenty of GOP supporters

I just received an email from Tino Rivera touting an upcoming campaign fundraiser on October 26, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Rivera is a candidate for Santa Ana City Council, Ward 2. He is Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido’s choice, as evidenced by Pulido’s name on the event flier. Pulido is the event chair, and Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce president Mike Metzler is noted on top of the flier.

Interestingly, OC GOP Central Committee member Tim Whitacre is included on the list of host committee members. I thought he had withdrawn his support of Rivera, after it was revealed that Rivera sought the endorsement of the OC Democrat Party. I guess I was wrong about that.

Other Republicans noted on the flier include Santa Ana School Board Member Rob Richardson; Santa Ana Mayor Pro Tem Lisa Bist; Laguna Niguel Council Member Paul Glaab; former Santa Ana Council Member Brett Franlin; and Lincoln Club members Dale Dykema and Don Crevier. No wonder Rivera was not endorsed by his fellow Democrats!

Rivera is opposed by Evangeline Gawronski, a candidate endorsed by the Republican Party of Orange County. He also faces two popular Democrats, Tish Leon and Michele Martinez. I believe that Martinez was endorsed by the OC Democrats. I also heard today that the local police union is not endorsing Rivera – or anyone else. Read into that what you will.

The event will be held at the home of Metzler, at 2315 N. Towner, in Santa Ana. You can get in for the fee of $99. Call Bertha Rivera by Oct. 23 to RSVP, at 714-721-8874, or email her.

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