Assemblyman Jose Solorio wants to force insurance companies in California to buy services from minority owned businesses. He sent out a press release today announcing that “AB 53, authored by State Assemblyman Jose Solorio (D-Anaheim), has passed the Legislature and awaits the Governor’s signature. The legislation would encourage California’s insurance industry to consider diversity when entering into procurement contracts.”
The release also indicated that “Specifically, AB 53 requires major California insurers to file a report with the Insurance Commissioner regarding their outreach and procurement practices involving businesses owned by women, minorities, and disabled veterans.”
Shouldn’t businesses be allowed to make business decisions based on which vendors offer the best services at the best values? And didn’t Solorio himself back a white candidate to replace him in the 69th Assembly District in the June primary?
Let’s consider that primary race. Solorio represents the most Latino legislative district in Orange County. He endorsed two candidates – Orange County Clerk-Recorder Tom Daly, who today was accused by several anonymous women of committing sexual harassment in the workplace; and Santa Ana Council Member Michele Martinez. Solorio posed for pictures with Martinez but on Election Night he was at Daly’s campaign party.
So Solorio won’t support Latinos in political races but he wants to force insurance companies to do business with minority owned firms?
And consider that Solorio’s political party, the Democrats, hardly ever put up minorities for statewide races. Look at the current statewide office holders. They are mostly white men – and they are all Democrats.
But wait – check out what companies Solorio’s 2010 Assembly campaign hired – click here. Almost 100% of the companies that Solorio’s campaign contracted with were white owned, including his treasurer, Kinde Durkee, who ripped him off!
It is pretty damn hypocritical for Solorio to demand that insurance companies do something that he and his political party are usually not willing to do themselves.