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Quirk-Silva Campaigns In Santa Ana Which Doesn’t Even Border AD-65

Posted by Former Blogger Chris Emami on August 30, 2012

AD-65 candidate Sharon Quirk-Silva is campaigning in Santa Ana today: she’s holding a meet and greet at the Martinez Book Store at 216 N. Broadway at 5 PM.

Why?

AD-65 is Anaheim, Buena Park, Cypress, Fullerton, La Palma and Stanton.  None of those cities even border Santa Ana.

Credit goes to Meridian Pacific for posting these maps on their website.

Maybe she’s in Santa Ana because she wants to be Loretta Sanchez’s successor.  That would make sense since Santa Ana is completely in CD-46.  She’s sharing campaign offices with Sanchez, too.  Maybe that’s what this AD-65 campaign really is about.  She’s trying to raise her profile to run for CD-46.  CD-46 doesn’t include Buena Park, Cypress, Fullerton, La Palma, or Stanton, by the way.

Maybe Quirk-Silva’s campaigning in Santa Ana because they’ll be friendlier to her pro-tax message there than they will be in AD-65.  She must be supporting Governor Jerry Brown’s Prop 30 sales tax and income tax hike.  Prop 30 will probably fail miserably in AD-65 but pass in Santa Ana.  As Steve Sarkis pointed out in the OC Register, Quirk-Silva’s entire “ending partisan gridlock” argument is just code for increasing taxes.  See Steve’s letter (third one down): http://letters.ocregister.com/2012/05/26/primary-distinctions-between-candidates/

Maybe Quirk-Silva’s campaigning in Santa Ana because she has as many Santa Ana City Councilmembers endorsing her as she does in all of AD-65.  She has four Santa Ana Councilmembers endorsing her (David Benavides, Michele Martinez, Sal Tinajero, and Vince Sarmiento).  Of the four AD-65 Councilmembers endorsing Quirk-Silva (Anaheim’s Lorri Galloway, Fullerton’s Doug Chaffee, and tiny La Palma’s Ralph Rodriguez and Steve Shanahan), Galloway can’t even vote for her since she lives in AD-68 (Anaheim is split into AD-65, AD-68, and AD-69).  By the way, Norby has 21 endorsements from AD-65 City Councilmembers.

Maybe Quirk-Silva’s campaigning in Santa Ana because she’ll hope it’ll get the Assembly Dem leadership’s attention by pretending to run in a Dem city like Santa Ana.  I wrote a couple weeks ago in my post “Leading Assembly Democrat Headlines Norby Fundraiser” that “She isn’t endorsed by the Speaker or the Assembly Majority Leader either.  It looks like the Democrat leadership is abandoning Quirk-Silva.”

It looks like the Democrat leadership is abandoning Quirk-Silva.  On Monday, the Assembly’s top Democrat, Speaker John Perez, announced the Dems’ November target list: http://blogs.sacbee.com/capitolalertlatest/2012/08/assembly-democrats-target-four-races-for-november-election.html

Quirk-Silva wasn’t on it.

Has Quirk-Silva given up on even campaigning in AD-65?

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Leading Assembly Democrat Headlines Norby Fundraiser

Posted by Chris Nguyen on August 15, 2012

Isadore Hall III (D-Compton), Speaker at Fundraiser for Chris Norby (R-Fullerton)

Isadore Hall III (D-Compton), Speaker at Fundraiser for Chris Norby (R-Fullerton)

An invitation to Assemblyman Chris Norby’s fundraiser for the 65th Assembly District came in a while ago.  It is called the “Day at the Races” fundraiser on Friday, August 17 from 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM.  I was surprised to learn that the Los Alamitos Race Track isn’t in Los Alamitos, it’s in Cypress (in the 65th district).  The 65th District is Anaheim, Buena Park, Cypress, Fullerton, La Palma, and Stanton.

I saw the main speakers headlining the fundraiser were Congressman Ed Royce, Assemblyman Isadore Hall III, and Assemblyman Brian Nestande.  Royce is the Congressman who covers most of Norby’s district.  Nestande is a Riverside Republican.  But Hall is a Compton Democrat!

I looked Hall and Nestande up since neither one of them is an OC guy, and I saw they are the Chair and Vice Chair of the Assembly Governmental Organization Committee.  That boring-sounding committee is immensely powerfull, with power over “alcohol, Indian gaming, horseracing, gambling, tobacco, public records, open meetings laws, state holidays, outdoor advertising and emergency services/natural disasters.”  If I remember my PoliSci classes right, this is one of the “juice” committees, so the Chair and Vice Chair of a “juice” committee are headlining the Norby fundraiser.

As Chair of the Governmental Organization Committee, Hall is one of the most powerful Democrats in the State Assembly.  What a slap in the face to Sharon Quirk-Silva!  She isn’t endorsed by the Speaker or the Assembly Majority Leader either.  It looks like the Democrat leadership is abandoning Quirk-Silva.  Norby’s endorsed by every Republican in the Assembly and Senate.

It’s not just Sacramento either, look at Orange County: Quirk-Silva has four current Councilmembers in the entire 65th District.  Norby has every 65th District Mayor not named Quirk-Silva, even Stanton Democrat Carol Warren.   Norby has every Mayor Pro Tem in AD-65.  Quirk-Silva and Norby each have half of tiny La Palma (Norby has Mayor Henry Charoen and Mayor Pro Tem Steve Hwangbo while Quirk-Silva has Councilmen Ralph Rodriguez and Steve Shanahan; anybody know where Councilman Mark Waldman stands?).  Other than La Palma, Norby is endorsed by the majority of every City Council in AD-65.

Here are the endorsement lists from their web sites.

Quirk-Silva Endorsements: http://www.sharonquirksilva.com/endorse/endorsements

Norby Endorsements: http://www.chrisnorby.com/endorsements/

Here’s the fundaiser info.

“Day at the Races” Reception for Assemblyman Chris Norby
Keynote Speakers: U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Fullerton), Assemblyman Isadore Hall III (D-Compton), and Assemblyman Brian Nestande (R-Palm Desert)
Friday, August 17
5:30 PM-8:00 PM

Los Alamitos Race Track
4961 Katella Ave.
Cypress, CA 90720

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