The 69th Assembly District is Orange County’s most Latino legislative district and it is currently represented by Jose Solorio, a former Santa Ana City Council Member and OCTA lobbyist. But in this month’s Open Primary Election the candidate who got the most votes was Orange County Clerk-Recorder Tom Daly. That was due in part to the presence of four Latino candidates on the ballot – all Democrats except for one Republican. But did Daly come out on top because the Latino candidates failed to attack him?
The Latino candidate who got the most votes overall was Republican candidate Jose “Joe” Moreno, who spent almost no money on his campaign. The runner-up so far is union hack Julio Perez. Santa Ana Council Member Michele Martinez is behind Perez and Santa Ana gadfly Francisco Barragan is in last place. Like Moreno he did not campaign much, and he paid the price on a ballot chock full of other better known and better funded Democrats.
Perez spent a lot of money attacking Martinez during the campaign, but he gave Daly a free pass. And Martinez spent a fortune promoting herself, including mailing out a magazine about her life. But she, like Perez, gave Daly a free pass.
It is maddening as Daly has a terrible record that includes opposing Latino businesses and trying to drive the poor out of Anaheim, when he was the Mayor of that city.
And Daly, as our Clerk-Reccorder, has been a total shipwreck, opening an expensive branch office in Fullerton, that wasn’t needed; spending a fortune on a dilapidated building that is still closed; hiring a political reporter to curate the Orange County archives; and draining a fund that was supposed to be used for technological improvements – spending the money on Lord knows what.
But the voters in the 69th Assembly District didn’t hear about any of that – not from Perez and not from Martinez. Nor did the O.C. Register touch any of Daly’s sordid record. And the unions that funded the Perez independent Expenditures also gave Daly a pass – attacking Martinez instead.
In the end, Martinez and Perez lost because they didn’t attack Daly – and now we can but hope that Moreno will raise some money and do what his fellow Latino candidates failed to do – go after Daly!