It is simply amazing how much mail the Julio Perez campaign and his friends in labor are sending out – daily. I am receiving at least two pieces per day. It reminds me of the recall of former SAUSD Trustee Nativo Lopez. My mail box drowned in pro Lopez mail, because at the time my wife was working at Disney, at a union job.
Now I am the one in a union – a teacher’s union. So this time I am being targeted by the unions. And they are destined to fail again, as they did in the Lopez recall.
The fact is there are very few Latinos who belong to labor unions. Over eighty percent of Latino workers are employed by non-union companies. They know full well that the unions are out to kill their jobs – that in fact is what Perez has been doing for a living, for years. He has been trying to kill non-union jobs wherever possible, and replace them with union jobs.
The reality is that workers often make LESS as union members, as so much of their money is taken out in dues – that is the money that Perez’ labor allies are wasting on his campaign now.
But Perez is not the only one burning money by the barrel. Orange County Clerk-Recorder Tom Daly is also sending out far too much mail – all of it emblazoned with that awkward forced smile of his.
And Daly’s pals in Sacramento have also been blowing thousands of dollars on his campaign. The spending has been so egregious that liberal Gus Ayer, a former Fountain Valley Council Member, blew a gasket in a post he published over at the Calitics blog. Here are a few excerpts:
Oily corporate money is flowing into an Orange County Assembly race, as Late Independent Expenditures push the fortunes of DINO “Oily Tom” Daly.
The primary vehicle is JOBSPAC, A BI-PARTISAN COALITION OF CALIFORNIA EMPLOYERS, which spent a whopping $291,578.25 between May 5th and May 19th to support ConservaDem Tom Daly, County Clerk Recorder and former Anaheim Mayor in AD-69, which is the only majority Democratic district in Orange County.
Daly is in the mold of other OC “Democrats” like Lou Correa, squarely in the pocket of developers, insurance companies and the local corporate giants like Disney. Daly got all of three votes in the party’s pre-endorsement caucus, no votes at the DFA endorsement meeting, scant support at the Orange County Young Democrats endorsement meeting, yet was able to block progressive candidate Julio Perez from getting the party endorsement as local electeds Correa and Solorio voted for no endorsement.
The biggest player in JOBS PAC is Chevron, which contributed $375,000 of the $524,000 raised in the second half of 2011. Chevron also contributed the maximum direcly to Daly’s campaign, but Daly’s anemic fund-raising obviously wasn’t going to be enough to buy this election. Chevron has been joined by some of the usual dirty suspects who have pressing issues in front of the legislature. Phillip Morris kicked in $50,000. Farmers Insurance has arrived late to the party with $150,000 contributed last week. The California Charter Schools Association PAC pumped in $25,000 last week.
The true shame is that the unions could have gotten behind Santa Ana Council Member Michele Martinez and won handily. She most likely will make the top two, in the June primary, along with Daly. And that will guarantee her victory in November, as the 69th Assembly District is overwhelmingly Latino.
Martinez will remember who her friends were in the open primary. This will not go well for the unions or the silly liberals who are wasting their time with Perez.
I heard in fact that another poll, conducted by forces in Sacramento, has yet again indicated that Daly and Martinez are in the top two, and Perez is in fourth place, behind Republican candidate Jose “Joe” Moreno.
Say goodnight Julio – you are done!