AD18 Conspiracy Theory | Circumstantial Evidence in CA17 | Is Wieckowski a Master Debater?CHAPTER 10 | Last Friday, Hayward Assemblymember Bill Quirk became one of the first local elected officials to acknowledge the looming purpling of the East Bay and possibly the entire state. “We are getting more and more so-called New Democrats, moderate Democrats and it’s getting very difficult now to get some very good legislation passed,” Quirk told Democrats at a forum Mar. 28.
What’s to blame for rise of moderate Democrats, according to Quirk, who was elected in 2012? The top-two primary system, also called the “jungle primary,” where candidates compete for two spots on the November ballot, regardless of party affiliation. In the all-blue East Bay, this almost always produces two Democrats. This year, in its second use, there are indications the top-two primary has the potential to again harm progressive candidates. Moderates like Eric Swalwell and Ro Khanna theoretically become the de facto “only choice” for conservatives. Swalwell is banking on attracting this demographic this year, as is Khanna, however, in most cases, without announcing to Democrats they are actually playing footsie with the other side.
Part of the team, although, it's not clear
if Bob Wieckowski, left, is still part
of Team Purple.
While some residents of the East Bay describe their region as proudly liberal, many are taking their eyes off the road. There is an unmistakable moderate and conservative strain slowly creeping into Alameda County while Democrats continue to pat themselves on the back and it’s coming from Fremont via Silicon Valley and from the Tri Valley in the east. The characters behind this mini-revolution includes names like former Assemblymember Alberto Torrico, Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty ( a former GOPer), Fremont Mayor Bill Harrison (a contributor to Sen. John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign), Dublin Mayor Tim Sbranti, San Leandro Mayor Stephen Cassidy and the entire Hayward City Council, just to name a few. Of course, the poster boy for this infiltration is Swalwell.
Swalwell, right, reaching across the line of
scrimmage with a GOP House member.
If the Russell City power plant allegations
surfaced last year, would Jennifer Ong
had pursued a rematch with Bill Quirk?
|Oakland mayoral forum Thursday night.|