ELECTION 2014 | ASSEMBLY | 16TH DISTRICT | Steve Glazer, the moderate Assembly candidate in the 16th District and best bud of Gov. Jerry Brown, should get credit for being aggressive in his early campaigning. Progressives may not appreciate the drum beat of his calls to ban BART workers from ever striking again, but it’s getting him loads of attention. In this case, stripping unions of their most powerful tool doesn’t sound so radical to voters in Contra Costa County and the Tri Valley. In fact, to call one of his opponents, Dublin Mayor Tim Sbranti, a flaming lib would also be incorrect. Although Sbranti possesses strong union ties to the teachers union, any public official representing the Tri Valley are hard-pressed to hang their hat on doing labor any favors. Danville Mayor Newell Arnerich and Catharine Baker are also candidates to replace termed out Assemblymember Joan Buchanan.
Some deride such tactics as dirty politics. However, it also shows a candidate with an eye on the prize. Do you want the guy who wants it badly to represent you in Sacramento or the guy who thinks he deserves it? I have a maxim that fits situations like this: Good campaigns do not necessarily translate to good legislators, but bad campaigns always portend for poor legislators.