It was not a good night for Orange County’s liberals, who crashed and burned in California’s first Open Primary.
Labor spent hundreds of thousands on Julio Perez‘ campaign for the 69th Assembly District. The result? So far he is in third place – ahead of Santa Ana Council Member Michele Martinez, wjho had 3,316 votes, and wannabe candidate Francisco Barragan, who must have run so as to keep Perez out of last place. Perez has 3,554 votes. Tom Daly is leading that race with over 8,231 votes. A Republican who spent no money, Jose “Joe” Moreno, is in second place with 4,495 votes. .
Martinez would have been in the top two if not for Perez – and his pal Barragan. Now we are stuck with Daly, who has an anti-Latino history. Moreno is a friend of mine and I will do all I can to help him beat Daly in November.
Perez’ defeat means it is time for O.C. labor to fire those who led the charge for Perez. OCEA boss Nick Berardino should be the first to go!
Perez’ biggest supporter besides labor was liberal blogger Greg Diamond, a lawyer who lives in Brea. Diamond ran for the 29th State Senate District in this election and predictably did awful. He got half as many votes as the Republican incumbent, Bob Huff. And in November Diamond will lose to Huff again. Priceless.
Meanwhile, over in Area One of the Orange County Board of Education, Diamond’s pick, liberal Eleazar Elizondo, is in dead last so far with only 2,172 votes – after spending quite a bit of money on a lame mailer and robot calls. I have 7,858 votes so far after spending no money at all. The leader in that race, gay-basher Robert Hammond has 11,451 votes. He is leading Ken Nguyen, a Democrat and a conservative Catholic who has 9,905 votes so far.
Diamond also backed Paula Williams, a Democratic candidate to replace the now recalled Fullerton Council Member, Don Bankead. Williams is predictably in last place.
Both Diamond and his pals at the Liberal OC blog, Chris Prevatt and Dan Chmielewski, were pretty much against the Fullerton recall and they opposed the Council candidates backed by my friend Tony Bushala. Well, more bad news for these liberals as the Fullerton recall was a success and all of Bushala’s allies are winning. Yes!