Chris Nguyen, over at the Republican OC Political blog, spent a lot of time breaking down the vote in the 69th Assembly District, in the June 5 primary. It turns out that corporate Democrat Tom Daly won in Anaheim and in Santa Ana, which is no surprise as he spent a fortune and his friends in Sacramento and Anaheim spent even more.
Daly also benefited from being the only white candidate in a pool of Latino candidates. But the other story of note is that liberal union hack Julio Perez, who grew up in Anaheim, completely failed in that city. Republican candidate Jose Moreno, who barely ran a campaign, totally whacked Perez in Anaheim.
Moreno also took enough votes from Perez in Santa Ana to deny him an opportunity to advance to the November general election.
Santa Ana Council Member Michele Martinez did poorly in Anaheim, Orange and Garden Grove. But she also got beat in Santa Ana, where she only did OK in the center of the city.
That is not suprising as Perez attacked Martinez without mercy. She really didn’t fire back, nor did she go after Daly. In fact none of the candidates went after Daly. They should have.
It is interesting to parse the election results to such an extent but the bottom line is that Perez lost – and as I have pointed out in another post, he lost in the end because his fellow Democrat, Francisco Barragan, took 605 votes – just enough to ensure that Perez would lose.
Barragan, according to Nguyen was the worst candidate in every city in the district. And, as I have previously written, his loss may well have set a record for futility in California legislative races.
The real question we need to ponder now is whether or not the Republican Party of Orange County will back their candidate, Moreno, in November. It is pretty obvious that Nguyen and company are total Daly hacks. That too is not a surprise given that longtime machine Republican John Lewis is backing Daly.