Special interestes have now poured over $350,000 in Independent Expenditures into the race for the 69th Assembly District, on behalf of O.C. Clerk-Recorder Tom Daly. Click here to see for yourself.
Special interests have also poured over $120,000 in Independent Expencitures into the race on behalf of liberal union hack Julio Perez.
Yet bloggers at the Liberal OC, the Voice of OC and the Orange Juice blog, as well as the OC Political Blog (not to be confused with the blog you’re reading) have humored themselves by attacking the leading Hispanic candidate for the heavily Latino 69th A.D., Michele Martinez, because of a $250 contribution that she received. Amazing.
Why so much is being spent to promote Daly, in a Latino district, and Perez, who is virtually unknown outside of union circles, is a real mystery.
There is also a Republican on the ballot for the 69th A.D., in Jose Moreno. It will be ironic if he makes the top two, in the Open Primary on June 5, and advances to the November general election after he has spent virtually nothing on his campaign. Moreno has also pointedly refused to accept endorsements or donations. He may well be the only candidate not tainted by any special interests.
However there is one other Democratic candidate, Francisco Barragan, who has not only spent nothing – he also hasn’t promoted his campaign at all. It will be highly embarrassing for labor if Barragan gets more votes than Perez, which he just might. Barragan is well known in Santa Ana for his philanthropic efforts.