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Monday, September 29, 2014

Why Can’t Tim Sbranti Learn the Art of Smeyesing?

Smeyesing--smiling with your eyes--is something
Tim Sbranti can't seem to do during this campaign.
ASSEMBLY | 16TH DISTRICT | If you place 16th Assembly District candidate Tim Sbranti in the mayor’s seat during Dublin City Council meetings you will see a gregarious young politician running the hearing with the energy of a late night talk show host. If you know Sbranti is a big fan of high school football in the Tri-Valley and even provides energetic color commentary of games on local cable, it becomes doubly odd to see the dour, low-energy Sbranti that shows up for candidates forums over much of this year.

As far back as last February—during the primary—Sbranti seemed to disappear when appearing at the same table as his fellow Democratic opponents, primarily Steve Glazer. The lone Republican in the primary—Catharine Baker—never appeared with the group of Democrats until an endorsement meeting with the Bay Area News Group late in the campaign. Baker won the primary over Sbranti by eight points, but even with the field narrowed to two in this moderate Assembly district, Sbranti still doesn't look like he feels comfortable. At least, that's what his body language is showing.

At a forum in Walnut Creek last Wednesday the contrast was even more noticeable since Baker arrived at the event 25 minutes late. The forum began as scheduled and Sbranti was posed a series of questions while seated next to an empty chair. Sbranti capably answered the questions, but with some of the same lack of passion seen before. Granted, one of the main topics was high-speed rail.

Sbranti said he supports the transportation proposal. However, he added, “Without private investment the system cannot go.” He also backs BART’s planned expansion to Livermore, saying he wants to mimic the growth that followed BART to Dublin. In addition, both BART and high-speed rail running through the spine of the state will encourage retail and housing growth along the train’s path, said Sbranti.

Later, when Baker arrived at the dais and took questions from the moderator—some new to both and a few residual queries the challenger had already answered—Sbranti looked completely disengaged. He stared blankly with a mixture of depression, melancholy and mild annoyance for long periods of time as Baker spoke. Sbranti also made few attempts to connect with the small, intimate audience.

Baker said one of the main distinctions between the candidates is high-speed rail, which she does not support. In fact, much of Baker’s rhetoric is rock-ribbed Republican ideology that seems almost retro in an era when the national party is routinely hung up on divisive social issues. One three occasions Wednesday evening Baker portrayed Sacramento as dysfunctional, while defaulting to support for local control. “Stop micro-managing our small businesses,” Baker said of job creation in the state. “Stop the spending spree,” she said later while admonishing the state when it comes to fiscal discipline.

Sbranti’s tepid performances may be a byproduct of a difficult Assembly district for Democrats to retain. No other race in the Greater Bay Area has a better chance of being flipped by Republicans than this one representing parts of the Tri Valley and Contra Costa County. In the sixteenth, voter registration only slightly favors Democrats. In addition, the district as a whole is solidly moderate. For Republicans, it also doesn’t hurt to have a first-time candidate like Baker who not only has a firm grasp of conservative ideology, but the look of a politician and the ability to act like the Alpha dog in this race.

Furthermore, most candidates forums are purposely devoid of confrontation, but that didn’t stop Baker from alluding to her Democratic opponent without using his name. In her closing, she argued against supporting “reinforcements for the status quo” and more pointedly challenged Sbranti’s decision not to reveal answers he may have offered on union questionnaires. The issue is a vestigial tail from Glazer's anti-union stance in the primary. Meanwhile, Sbranti sat through the attack like a long-time spouse merely trying to weather another night of mental abuse.

Nevertheless, the local Democratic Party’s are placing the effort to get Sbranti’s elected to the Assembly a top priority and he is the likely the front runner despite failing to master the art of smeyesing--smiling with your eyes--or, what voters might comprehend as a candidate acting like they want to be there.

40 comments :

Catharine Baker is the absolute favorite to win this election, and Branti's people know. They are literally peeing in their pants.

She is the ONLY moderate in this election, and will be the beneficiary of of Glazer and Arnerich Democrats--remember Reagan Democrats?--along with independents. She'll follow a long line of Republicans such as Lynn Leach and Guy Houston, but thankfully is more a Democrat than the purported 'Democrat.'

Mr. Powell and I can only support moderates who don't whore for the unions and the Berkeley fringe radicals--that is Mr. Branti inside and out.

Clean Assemblywoman Catharine Baker 2014--the PEOPLE'S CHOICE!!!

No Democrat - she, Young Baker. Too extreme, though she hides well. Strong is the Tea Party in this one.

No true Democrat - him, Inexperienced Branti. Too radical, though he doesn't hide it well. Strong is Ultra Radicals in this one.

"She is the ONLY moderate in this election." LOL. The California Republican Party must be so proud of their sell-out.

Calling Baker Tea Party is silly. Argue honest points if you don't like her, if not in the heavily targeted AD 16 the Tea Party would be attacking her.

The support of the ultra right-wing Charles Munger Jr. shows that Baker is a Tea Party Republican. He's a supporter of extreme Conservative candidates and GOP very conservative causes. He also is the chair of the so called "Spirit of Democracy" which spent 3.87 million dollars on right-wing candidates and causes through the last election. The "Spirit of Democracy" spent hundreds of thousands on a 16 page glossy mailer just recently attacking Tim Sbranti and was aimed at boosting Baker in this election. You are the company you keep, and Baker appearing at Tea Party rallies shows that Tim Sbranti is the moderate and will be the winner in November. We will not stand for an extremist like Baker to be elected to the Assembly in our District.

The only MODERATE in this race:

SF Chronicle' supports ASSEMBLYWOMAN CATHARINE BAKER 2014 campaign.


After a costly and caustic four-way primary that devolved into “proxy wars” among various well-heeled interests, the November runoff has settled into “a more traditional race” between two major party candidates, suggested Dublin Mayor Tim Sbranti, the Democratic candidate.

He’s only half right.

Sbranti, a veteran classroom teacher, is very much a traditional Democrat — especially when it comes to toeing the party line in resistance to education reforms that intrude on the unions’ comfort zone. His engaging style and extensive contacts from a decade in elected office should make him an easy choice for the deep-blue partisans in the district that reaches from east of the Berkeley hills to the Tri-Valley.

But this district, with its affluent suburbs, array of high-performing schools and distinct independent streak, is ripe for a Republican seeking common ground with the 20-plus percent of registered voters who do not claim a party preference.

Republican Catharine Baker, a Pleasanton attorney, fits that bill.

“I have an ability to not be dogmatic and party-line,” she said. As examples, she cited her support of recently passed Democratic legislation on groundwater management, plastic-bag bans and legislation that strengthens the ability to prohibit certain people with mental illnesses from possessing guns. She accepts AB32, the state’s landmark climate-change law, as a settled issue — she would focus on reducing its cost to consumers.

Both candidates express a commitment to improving California’s business climate. Their answers on proposals to curtail abuses of the California Environmental Quality Act — one of the major business complaints about state regulation — are virtually identical: The law is valuable, but needs to be more transparent.

Even Sbranti acknowledged that “at the end of the day,” the differences between the two are not profound on most issues.

However, the distinctions are worth noting. Baker would ban strikes by BART workers; Sbranti would not. Baker has refused to fill out any secret questionnaires by interest groups, which are often a condition of endorsements and contributions; Sbranti has played that game. Baker agrees with a Los Angeles judge’s recent ruling that found that California’s overly protective rules on teacher tenure and the primacy of seniority undermine the civil rights of low-income and minority students; Sbranti sees no need to disrupt the status quo on that point.

Baker’s centrist sensibilities would provide a good influence on the Republican caucus and a potential partner for Democrats looking for bipartisan solutions. She is our choice in the 16th Assembly District.

Hey Mr. sexist anti-union troll ( there's only one). Your Tea Party extremist Baker will lose and here is why:

If you look at Tim Sbranti's website you will see the large number of diverse groups that are endorsing Tim. They are not just unions, but consumers, seniors, environmentalists, youth, women, conservatives, moderates, and independents.

Your candidate by contrast, has gotten most of her money from corporate interest groups who want to stick it to the middle and lower classes. Looks like Tim is the people's choice in 2014, although your candidate sure has sexist support as proved by your posts.

Go to timsbranti.com to see his support from all the different moderate groups. No right-wing extremists like Baker will win in this District.

Our Democratic household proudly supported Steve Glazer for assembly. After we watched how the unions trashed and vilified him, we had no other choice but to cross party lines and support clean CATHARINE BAKER. She is a voice of moderation who will put the constituents ahead of the special interest union sluts. If Branti ever got in, he would sell this district down the drain and further bankrupt California.

We encourage all responsible voters of this district to join with us in electing a great feminist who will be a voice for moderation when representing our interests and taxpayer dollars.

ASSEMBLYWOMAN CATHARINE BAKER 2014!

How many times do you have to get caught telling lies Baker Troll? You don't even live in the District, you live in Hayward. I guess that's what Tea Party extremists do!

Let's see, Baker appeared at Tea Party rallies and appeared with a Tea Party activist who tried to carry a loaded gun on an airplane. SOME MODERATE!

All the major environmental groups are recommending their members vote for Tim Sbranti. These include the Sierra Club and the League of Conservation Voters.

Joan Buchanan and Eric Swalwell are moderates, only support moderates, and are supporting Tim Sbranti. Tim will be our next Assemblyman. Watch and learn!

For the moderate candidate go to timsbrant.com

That's timsbranti.com where you will see many diverse groups supporting Tim including conservatives, moderates and progressives. You will also see consumer, senior, union, business, youth, working family, educational, environmental, fire, police and nurses supporting Tim Sbranti.

We offer congratulations to the next San Jose Mayor, Sam Liccardo. He has been endorsed by our next governor, Mayor Chuck Reed 2018.

These two courageous Democratic warriors along with moderate ASSEMBLYWOMAN CATHARINE BAKER 2014, will put the special interest union whores in the gutter where they belong.

Their toxic, poisonous, filthy $$$ won't allow them to buy these elections. In November, together we will stand with these people's choice candidates and take back our state from the corrupt and dirty union whores!

Getting really tired of everyone going off on ol' Boss Branti. Just cuz he's the hired bitch for the unions up in Sac. town, and cuz he's going to keeps sucking off the public tit at taxpayers spense, and cuz he's ultra liberal from Berkeley who is so far left he makes a Communist look conservative...oh, wait.

Yeah, I just can't s'port dat kind o union whore.

It's CLEAN ASSEMBLYWOMAN CATHARINE BAKER 2014 for us. The people's choice!!!

7:45-------------what a LIAR you are! No one by that name ever volunteered for Tim. This is a Tea Party Tactic and shows how LOW Baker's supporters will stoop. What an idiot you are also!

People should not vote for Tim Sbranti because he is comfortable with corruption, scapegoating, and is part of a countywide cover up. City of Dublin is responsible for what is left of ACAP, the anti-poverty agency that was quickly closed by its board of derelict politicians to cover up the theft of hundreds of thousands of dollars by the Alameda County government. Someone I know did a public records request to get more information about what happened to the missing money. Sbranti's office told him that the records had been destroyed. After catching them in that deception, Sbranti's office sent him fraudulent documentation. Tim Sbranti: What happened to the $300,000 stolen from ACAP? This needs to be investigated and certainly Sbranti's role in the cover up needs to be investigated. The court records should provide some clarity. No to Sbranti.

If you look at Tim Sbranti's website you will see the large number of diverse groups that are endorsing Tim. They are not just unions, but consumers, seniors, environmentalists, youth, women, conservatives, moderates, and independents.

Your candidate by contrast, has gotten most of her money from corporate interest groups who want to stick it to the middle and lower classes. Looks like Tim is the people's choice in 2014, although your candidate sure has sexist support as proved by your posts.

Go to timsbranti.com to see his support from all the different moderate groups. No right wing extremists like Baker will win in this District.

p.s. Joan Buchanan and Eric Swalwell also support Tim

Jerry Brown, Joan Buchanan and Eric Swalwell have all endorsed Tim Sbranti because he is the moderate, and the most qualified. Game, set and match.

The voters in our district won't accept anyone as conservative as Baker.

With Brown's endorsement it will be extremely hard to beat Tim Sbranti even with all the conservative corporate money going to Baker.

Our independent household could never support a union whore like ol' Boss Shitbranti. He's all about picking the pockets of the taxpayers and robbing us blind.

The support of the ultra right-wing Charles Munger Jr. shows that Baker has tar and feathered herself and is not clean. He's a supporter of extreme Conservative candidates and GOP very conservative causes. He also is the chair of the so called "Spirit of Democracy" which spent 3.87 million dollars on right-wing candidates and causes through the last election. The "Spirit of Democracy" spent hundreds of thousands on a 16 page glossy mailer just recently attacking Tim Sbranti and was aimed at boosting Baker in this election. You are the company you keep, and Baker appearing at Tea Party rallies shows that Tim Sbranti is the moderate and will be the winner in November. We will not stand for an extremist like Baker to be elected to the Assembly in our District.

Jerry Brown is now supporting Tim Sbranti. Our Governor gave a boost to Libby Schaff and now has given a boost to Tim. All the moderates seem to be supporting Sbranti including Eric Swalwell, who is a business Democrat, and our current Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan.

11:52-------------what a LIAR you are! No one by that name ever volunteered for Tim. This is a Tea Party Tactic and shows how LOW Baker's supporters will stoop. What an idiot you are also!

9:26 and 9:28 you are the same person, live in Hayward, and can't vote in this race. Why do you keep lying? No one by that name ever worked on Tim Sbranti's campaign! The extreme Tea Party will never win in this District and that's why Baker will lose. Tim Sbranti is the moderate. Walked for Tim this last Saturday and Jerry Browns endorsement of Tim is helping convince voters.

Convinced me that whoever Brown endorses goes down to defeat. De La Fuente, Perata, et al. What a losing streak!

Thanks to the courage of the young Mexican woman who has told the truth about this bozo our household will proudly cast our ballots for Catharine Baker. As Democrats we only support moderates, and Baker is the only moderate in this race.

Since we know you live in Hayward and can't vote in this race, we already know you are a liar. Baker is not a moderate and we know you are not a Democrat.

Jerry Brown is now supporting Tim Sbranti. Our Governor gave a boost to Libby Schaff and now has given a boost to Tim. All the moderates seem to be supporting Sbranti including Eric Swalwell, who is a business Democrat, and our current Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan who is very popular in this Assembly District.

My husband and I really want to thank Blanca Nunes, the young woman who had been volunteering for the Sbranti campaign and went public about how that campaign had been sabotaging itself on the Internet and then blaming the Baker people. This was simply outrageous.

As independents, we have already cast our ballots for Ms. Baker and encourage others to do so, too. Too many slick and deceitful politicians already in Sacramento.

Thank you again, Blanca, for telling the truth.

Mrs. Evelyn B. Kesterson
Pleasanton, CA

11:32------------what a LIAR you are! No one by that name ever volunteered for Tim. This is a Tea Party Tactic and shows how LOW Baker's supporters will stoop. What an idiot you are also!

I have now been convinced that the Branti campaign is corrupt and rotten to the core as evidenced by the disparaging vitriol spewed by his allies. This along with the vilification of the volunteer who dared to tell the truth about how she was told to write scurrilous statements about Branti and then blame Baker, has convinced me to vote for the only moderate in this election. It is times like this that I am ashamed to be a Democrat.

As far as we are concerned there is NO Democrat in this election, only a lying, crooked union boss and moderate Catharine Baker.

Baker is not clean. She has been bought and paid for by the corrupt corporate special interest crooks that continually stick it to consumers. They have spent millions of dollars on her campaign.

Tim Sbranti, on the other hand, is a teacher who is used to compromise and trying to find situations that help all. That's why he is endorsed by Nurses, Police, Fire, the Democratic Party, Consumer groups, Environmental groups, Seniors, Women groups, our current Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan, our current Congressman Eric Swalwell, and now Jerry Brown our Governor. Tim is the moderate not your candidate, and that's why Tim has all the moderate support.

I checked Tim out at timsbranti.com and saw his moderate support.

I liked what 3 PM had to say. Most groups I support also support Tim Sbranti according to his website. My wife and I will vote for him. Thanks

With Governor Brown's endorsement it will be extremely hard to beat Tim Sbranti even with all the conservative corporate money going to Baker. The end is near for the conservative right wing and Baker. Tim the moderate will win.

So tired of the union-whore Branti propaganda. Moderate voters are much smarter than you sluts.

I have now been convinced that the Branti campaign is corrupt and rotten to the core as evidenced by the disparaging vitriol spewed by his allies. This along with the vilification of the volunteer who dared to tell the truth about how she was told to write scurrilous statements about Branti and then blame Baker, has convinced me to vote for the only moderate in this election. It is times like this that I am ashamed to be a Democrat.

As far as we are concerned there is NO Democrat in this election, only a lying, crooked union boss and moderate Catharine Baker.

Remember Whorbett?

Bitch Branti will have the gutter in common with her next Tues. night!

Baker is not clean. She has been bought and paid for by the corrupt corporate special interest crooks that continually stick it to consumers. They have spent millions of dollars on her campaign.

Tim Sbranti, on the other hand, is a teacher who is used to compromise and trying to find situations that help all. That's why he is endorsed by Nurses, Police, Fire, the Democratic Party, Consumer groups, Environmental groups, Seniors, Women groups, our current Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan, our current Congressman Eric Swalwell, and now Jerry Brown our Governor. Tim is the moderate not your candidate, and that's why Tim has all the moderate support.

Anon with the 2 6:08 posts------Since we know you live in Hayward and can't vote in this race, we already know you are a liar. Baker is not a moderate and we know you are not a Democrat.

Jerry Brown is now supporting Tim Sbranti. Our Governor gave a boost to Libby Schaff and now has given a boost to Tim. All the moderates seem to be supporting Sbranti including Eric Swalwell, who is a business Democrat, and our current Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan who is very popular in this Assembly District.

So tired of the union-whore Branti propaganda. Moderate voters are much smarter than you sluts.

I have now been convinced that the Branti campaign is corrupt and rotten to the core as evidenced by the disparaging vitriol spewed by his allies. This along with the vilification of the volunteer who dared to tell the truth about how she was told to write scurrilous statements about Branti and then blame Baker, has convinced me to vote for the only moderate in this election. It is times like this that I am ashamed to be a Democrat.

As far as we are concerned there is NO Democrat in this election, only a lying, crooked union boss and moderate Catharine Baker.

Since we know you live in Hayward and can't vote in this race, we already know you are a liar. Baker is not a moderate and we know you are not a Democrat.

Jerry Brown is now supporting Tim Sbranti. Our Governor gave a boost to Libby Schaff and now has given a boost to Tim. All the moderates seem to be supporting Sbranti including Eric Swalwell, who is a business Democrat, and our current Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan who is very popular in this Assembly District.

Don't forget Fire, Police and Nurses also support Tim Sbranti over Baker. Safety is very important to us conservatives and why I will vote for Tim. The Tea Party extremes and Baker lost this Republican voter forever. I switched registration after the Primary. Get out of our Assembly race Charles Munger and take your ultra conservatives with you.

Baker is not moderate. She has been bought and paid for by the corrupt corporate special interest Tea Party crooks like Charles Munger that continually stick it to consumers. They have spent millions of dollars on her campaign.

Tim Sbranti, on the other hand, is a teacher who is used to compromise and trying to find situations that help all. That's why he is endorsed by Nurses, Police, Fire, the Democratic Party, Consumer groups, Environmental groups, Seniors, Women groups, our current Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan, our current Congressman Eric Swalwell, and now Jerry Brown our Governor. Tim is the moderate not your candidate, and that's why Tim has all the moderate support.

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