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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

June Primary Losers: Corbett, Hayashi Exit Public Life

ELLEN CORBETT Absolutely nobody predicted Corbett would finish behind the perfunctory Republican candidate in the 15th Congressional District. Few thought she could unseat Rep. Eric Swalwell in November, either, but now she won’t even have the chance. In hindsight, Corbett probably could have run a more effective primary race, but saving her limited supply of campaign fundraising for the fall also seemed prudent. This is just a shocker that politicos in this area will scratch their heads over for years to come. However, there’s likely no need to write her political obituary after her primary debacle. She is simply too effective of a public official to pack it up or accept some pithy state appointment. If Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan runs for the 9th State Senate in 2016, a seat at Oak and Fallon would fit nicely for Corbett. Let’s hope she held onto to that house in San Leandro!

MARY HAYASHI Conversely, this is the end of the road for Hayashi. She spent a considerable amount of her $800,000 campaign war chest in the primary and successive sub-25 percent finishes says the voting public and her opponents will not forgive her for her transgression at Neiman Marcus over three years ago. It could have been different if she would have bared her soul about six months ago and prepared the public for the type of attacks Bob Wieckowski would likely use to smear her. Despite their ferocity, none of Wieckowski's mudslinging contained any surprise revelations. And, about that surveillance tape, it’s still a mystery how it became public when so many other reporters attempted to obtain it with no success, including Hayashi’s campaign.

BOB WIECKOWSKI At what cost did Wieckowski win the June primary? His campaign’s relentless attack on Hayashi was shameful, but effective. He will likely win the November election and move from the Assembly to the State Senate, but he is assuredly marked by the lengths he went to annihilate his opponent. Winning at all costs has a way of coming back and biting you in the ass. What makes him look worse is there was precedent for avoiding the treacherous rabbit hole that is Hayashi’s mug shot and the baggage attached to it. Alameda County Supervisor Richard Valle let the voters learn about Hayashi’s shoplifting offense on their own and he easily won the seat two years ago. In fact, by using the opposite strategy Wieckowski beat Hayashi by nearly the same spread as Valle did, but with the stain of being a dirty campaigner. Is Bob, indeed, a bully like Hayashi asserted? Well, less than a day after winning the primary, Wieckowski was already attacking his opponent, Peter Kuo.

STEVE GLAZER In the end, the packaging may have betrayed Steve Glazer’s acumen as a candidate. He made the race in the 16th Assembly District all about his signature issue, banning BART strikes, and he was effective. However, he appeared to offer very little else and seemed too wonky for average voters. He also couldn’t withstand the onslaught when all three of his opponents attacked him all at once and from differing ideological standpoints. Worst of all, he somehow allowed Catharine Baker to co-opt his BART strike position all the way to the top spot last week. In the end, the district’s base of conservative voters found familiarity in the Republican Baker offering anti-union sentiment more than the moderate Democrat in Glazer and even if they were saying the same thing.

PHOTO/Steven Tavares
SEIU IN HAYWARD The Service Employee Union International Local 1021 said they would harass, heckle and harangue the seven Hayward City Council members who voted against city employees earlier this year. Their political careers are over, they screamed. However, it didn’t turn out that way despite the election of one of their endorsed candidates for the City Council, Sara Lamnin. The seat was available because Councilmember Mark Salinas left his seat open to run for mayor and lost. Mayor-elect Barbara Halliday obviously came away unscathed and Councilmember Marvin Peixoto won re-election. In defense of the union, there really wasn’t enough time to mount a vigorous offense against the status quo on the council.

MARK SALINAS More than just about any candidate on the ballot in the East Bay, Salinas was taking the biggest gamble of all and it failed. Instead of running for likely re-election to his council seat this June, he instead risked it all for a chance at being mayor. The risk is further amplified by the fact Salinas is one of Hayward’s rising political figures. Although, there’s a good chance he will mount a comeback in two years, his six-point defeat in the mayor’s race amounts to a significant set back in his political career. But, since Hayward’s political bench is quite bare, he should be able to reset quite soon.

SF CHRONICLE/BAY AREA NEWS GROUP Give them credit, both newspapers tried hard to rekindle the barrage of propaganda that handed Eric Swalwell his congressional seat, but this time for Ro Khanna. They tried to catch Rep. Mike Honda sleeping at a community meeting, despite the fact closing your eyes for 20 seconds is hardly enough time to count even one sheep and they wrote numerous editorials calling for a change in the holder of the 17th Congressional District seat. However, they found out this time that like a heavyweight title fight, the challenger must not only beat the champ, but do it in a decisive manner. Using the same tricks to knock out the progressive incumbent without vetting the young challenger worked in the Swalwell-Stark race, but not this time. If you have any doubts about their biased coverage, know nearly every story written by each paper on this race was enthusiastically featured by the Khanna campaign.

27 comments :

Salinas is another Joe Hilson. Remember him?

One [term] and you're done!

Salinas has many more political skills than Hilson but this is a set back for Mark. Hayward had never elected a person who lost a council race before Zermeno did it in 2008. Now Peixoto and Lamnin have done it.

Corbett would have to move back to San Leandro to run for Supervisor but she claims to "love Hayward" so I guess she won't.

The continual theme that "Dirty" Bob should have taken up the Valle strategy is complete nonsense.
1. Valle's campaign against Hayashi was done with only months between Hayashi's guilty plea and sentencing.
2. Valley faced a opponent in Hayashi who had her fiscal hands tied behind her back, unable to use 95% of her money.
3. Weicowski faced a candidate where 2.5 years had passed and where the majority of the district had never been represented by Hayashi.
4. Hayashi had $700,000 to spend and was raising more.

So, you're sitting there with a sledge hammer and a tiny (high road) hammer.
Now, lets see, which one should I use on my wealthy opponent who is known to be more than willing to be nasty.
Hold my fire, or let her have it, with perhaps the best campaign issue ever handed to a candidate.

Only a fool, or a loser, given the 2014 set of circumstances would throw away his best weapon.
Valle faced a completely different set of circumstance and Valle did NOT have the store surveillance video available.

Enough of the crazy logic that he should have played according to some kind Sunday School rule book.
If you can knock your opponent out in the first round, you do so.
By doing so, he won't be forced to raise nearly as much money for the fall campaign.
Finally, he put poor Mary out of her misery, saving her from months more abuse in what would surly have been equally humiliating defeat.

One thing for sure, if the tables were turned, Mary would have used the issue to crush Bob. Of that, I have zero doubt.

In fact, Valle may have harmed Hayashi, by leaving her less bloodied and under the false impression that her shoplifting arrest and sentence would not be used forcefully against her.
She allowed herself to live in denial of the political reality.

What do you want Steve? Did you see what happened when no one brought up Leland Yee's legal troubles? That's what happens when you "let voters figure it out for themselves". An embarrassment for this state. Over 350,000 people voted for a guy indicted for arms trafficking and political corruption.

Yes, Bob W. used the shoplifting issue like a sledgehammer. It got him what he wanted in the primary, but it also really turned off many people because we just got absolutely sick of the negative campaign garbage flowing into our homes.

Peter Kuo is a moderate R. He could easily pick up votes from independents and moderate Dems who will not vote for Bob W. because of Bob's over the top behavior in the primary, as well as Bob W's stance on some issues (Bart and fracking, for example.)

Will Corbett run for Mayor of San Leandro?

Best to move on to other things. Time passes quickly and new opportunities are hard to come by. Maybe her son will finally get some needed attention. Thanks for 20+ years of community service.

Julio Bras was elected after losing a Hayward council race.

The Hayashi campaign started the negative campaigning and it might have worked. What choice did Bob really have? Let Hayashi make up lies and rumors and then get idiots like you to publish them so a campaign can recycle clips on mail pieces? You get 8 years of Bob - better try to make and friends and move on with your life.


My job was to keep Whorbett down, to make sure she never recovered. I did my job, and it shows.

Now that we move on, would like to take note that she'll probably be taking a gig with Platinum Advisors up in Sac. town and lobby for union whores. Perata's up there, too. She could also take an internship in Congressman Swalwell's office. I know that we would be receptive to that, however, she would have to learn to bake 'em cookies! :)

Feelin' so pumped!

I didn't get to vote in this race, but it's interesting that Corbett lost. When the state senate districts were re-drawn, Corbett inherited the area where I live. She never once showed up here, never once did anything to get to know anyone in our community. I suppose because she was termed out, and we couldn't ever vote for her, that she decided to not spend any time in our community, get to know us, or get to know what we'd like to see in our state senator.
The fact that she could just ignore a large part of her senate district spoke volumes about her values. I'm happy for Eric Swalwell, and not at all surprised that Corbett didn't make it into the top two.

corbett could run for Mayor of San Leandro

Yeah, like congress!

What a pathetic JOKE she is!
:)

You are the joke Mr. 5%. People are still laughing at your feeble attempt to be relevant. You could move to San Leandro and run against her. Oh snap, you could not beat even your weak Hayward opponents. How does it feel to be rejected by so many people who know you best?

Ralph Farias you need to wash your mouth out. Your antiunion side got crushed in almost all the races. I read online that the Democratic Party had a 96% success rate in the primary. Maybe if you moved to Utah your 18th century values would be better understood. If you stay in Hayward, you will never get elected.

Well she did better than the author of the e-mail above who ran three times for City Council and this last time finished 6 out of 7 with less than 5% of the vote. That's what the Bay Area thinks of antiunion sexist trolls like Ralph Fariass.

Ralph Farias you need to wash your mouth out. Your antiunion side got crushed in almost all the races. I read online that the Democratic Party had a 96% success rate in the primary. Maybe if you moved to Utah your 18th century values would be better understood. If you stay in Hayward, you will never get elected.

Once again we ask the question:

Whorbett?

Well she did better than the author of the e-mail above who ran three times for City Council and this last time finished 6 out of 7 with less than 5% of the vote. That's what the Bay Area thinks of antiunion sexist trolls like Ralph Fariass.

Game over for the Republicans because the Democrats kicked ass in the primary and will kick ass again in Nov.

CONGRESSMAN ERIC SWALWELL--YES!

Ellen Whorbett? Not in any lifetime!

:) :) :)

Ralph Farias you need to wash your mouth out. Your antiunion side got crushed in almost all the races. I read online that the Democratic Party had a 96% success rate in the primary. Maybe if you moved to Utah your 18th century values would be better understood. If you stay in Hayward, you will never get elected.

But we're talking about Ellen Whorbett, bitch. Got to keep rubbing it into you, and we will!

You are the joke Mr. 5%. People are still laughing at your feeble attempt to be relevant. You could move to San Leandro and run against her. Oh snap, you could not beat even your weak Hayward opponents. How does it feel to be rejected by so many people who know you best?

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