A new phone poll of voters in the 69th Assembly District, conducted by Democratic candidate Tom Daly’s campaign, shows that newcomers Julio Perez and Francisco Barragan need to drop out now, or they are going to jeopardize the election of a Latino to represent this heavily Latino district, which is currently represented by Jose Solorio.
Here are the poll results (from the OC Political blog):
2010 AD 69 Primary Preference
- Tom Daly (D) 25%
- Michele Martinez (D) 13%
- Julio Perez (D) 4%
- Francisco Barragan (D) 5%
- Robert Hammond (R) 25%
- Undecided 28%
Note that Santa Ana Council Member Michele Martinez is leading the Latino candidates, by a huge margin. Embarrassingly, Perez, who has raised and spent thousands of union dollars, is losing to unknown Barragan, who has not raised any money and is only on the ballot to split the Santa Ana vote – in an attempt, I believe, to undermine Martinez. But what Perez and Barragan are doing is ensuring that a Latino will NOT represent the 69th A.D.
It is time now for Perez and Barragan to drop out, immediately, and endorse Martinez. Or else we will be stuck with Daly and Hammond – two candidates with distinctly anti-immigrant perspectives. Daly has a long record, as the former Mayor of Anaheim, of being against Latinos and the working poor. And as O.C. Clerk-Recorder, he has wasted hundreds of thousands of dollars on questionable purchases of unused buildings, unnecessary satellite offices, and overpaid (and under-qualified) executive staff.
Hammond, needless to say, will be toast in the general election.