Is Vince Sarmiento one of O.C’s "brightest stars?"

Wait till you get a load of the latest move by O.C. Democratic Party Chairman Frank Barbaro. I am enclosing below a copy of the actual email sent out by Barbaro inviting Democrats to give their hard-earned money to Santa Ana Councilman Vince Sarmiento, who was appointed last year to finish outgoing Councilman Jose Solorio’s term.

Sarmiento has not shown me that he is a progressive. He ALWAYS votes with Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido. He voted just last week to place a truly bogus term limit measure on the February ballot. This measure DOES NOT include mayoral term limits! Instead, it gives the awful Council Members another four years to wreak havok on our city!

Sarmiento voted to waste our tax money on a magnetic train that the OCTA doesn’t want and the state will never help fund. He voted to raise our water rates so high that even the rich Republicans in Irvine pay less for their water.

I HAVE NEVER SEEN Sarmiento stand up for the poor or for the immigrants of our city. He stood their silently while Pulido told Councilman David Benavides to yank the Dream Act resolution off a recent meeting agenda, so it would not inconvenience the sole Republican on the City Council, Carlos “Space Commander” Bustamante.

And Sarmiento went along with Pulido when the second monthly City Council meeting was yanked off the airwaves and moved into a small conference room, so the people won’t know what their elected are up to.

Despite his pathetic record, Barbaro thinks Sarmiento is a great candidate. Don’t forget that Barbaro is Pulido’s lawyer. You figure out the connection.

Barbaro suggests below that you “donate” $250 to Sarmiento. There are a lot of people in Santa Ana who don’t make that much in a week… I don’t expect these corporatist Democrats to give a damn about them.

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Vincent Sarmiento – Santa Ana’s newest Council Member cordially invites you his campaign kick-off party!

Vincent’s priorities include public safety, infrastructure improvements, and economic development. He also believes in promoting a healthy private business sector by advocating for partnership with large and small companies to help attract and retain businesses and the people they employ.

Vince Sarmiento
Please join Assemblyman Jose Solorio, Mayor Miguel Pulido, Mayor Pro-Tem Claudia Alvarez and the entire Santa Ana City Council in supporting one of Orange County’s brightest stars!

Here are the details:

Date: Thursday, November 15, 2007
Time: 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Location: McCormick and Schmicks – 2791 N. Main Street, Santa Ana

Suggested Donation:
$249 per person
$500 per couple
$1000 per sponsor

RSVP (714) 245-9999 or

We need to help our future leaders today! Supporting good Democrats like Vincent is the best way to help build our Democratic “Farm Team.”

I hope to see you at Vincent’s campaign kick-off party!

In Unity,

Frank Barbaro
Frank Barbaro

Chair, Democratic Party of Orange County

phone: (714) 835-5158

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