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Monday, February 23, 2015

Labor-backed IE spending money in SD7 on Republican who dropped out

STATE SENATE | DISTRICT 7 | Steve Glazer urged his supporters Sunday night to "Follow the $" after learning a political action committee typically backed by labor is spending thousands to back the lone Republican in the State Senate 7th District special election primary next month even though she dropped out of the race earlier this month. "Obvious dirty trick," Glazer tweeted.

The Asian American Small Business PAC has spent $46,378, according to finance reports, to back Republican Michaela Hertle, despite its history of backing mostly liberal Asian American candidates--of which, she is neither.

The expenditures were posted over the weekend and has already resulted in one mailer touting Hertle, a previously unknown candidate, for the open state senate seat.

During the last election cycle, for instance, the PAC contributed thousands of dollars to the campaigns of Asian American Democratic such as John Chiang, Betty Yee, David Chiu, Evan Low and Rob Bonta, among others.

Possibly to blunt the curious coupling of the Asian American PAC's influence, Glazer, a Democrat, announced late Monday the endorsement of his campaign by the Silicon Valley Chinese Association.

The presence of a Republican in the race, no matter their prominence, is seen as a threat to Glazer's centrist platform. In press releases, Glazer's campaign is quick to note Hertle has dropped out of the race and has endorsed his candidacy.

The increasingly expensive three-person primary race on Mar. 17. The race also includes Assemblymember Susan Bonilla and former Assemblymember Joan Buchanan. If no candidate reaches a majority of the vote, the top two will face off on May 19.

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Glazer could end up fourth? All three women could beat him. Predicted order of finish now is Joan Buchanan, Susan Bonilla, Hertle and Glazer.

Steve Glazer finishes first, and could very well take it outright.

He's got the juice!

Susan Bonilla just got Ellen Taucher's endorsement. That, with the endorsement of Mark DeSaulnier, vaults her to the front of the race with Buchanan. Glazer might squeak into third, but still out of the top 2.

Steve takes first place next month. Only question is if he has one of the gals in a runnoff. Clearly he is the overwhelming favorite of moderate Democrats, Republicans and independents.

He and Cathy baker will be amazing working together on behalf of the people and not the entrenched special interests.

They are the PEOPLE'S CHOICE ALL STARS!

Here's the part you seemed to miss 11:35:

First of all, Glazer has never been the PEOPLE'S choice. He was rejected badly by the people who voted just a few months ago. Moderate Democrats, Republicans and Independents will be supporting Susan Bonilla and Joan Buchanan.

Second this Asian PAC has given to Republicans before in 2010, as they supported Michelle Steele and Alan Nakanishi, so supporting Hertle is not surprising.

Third, in 2013/14 the PAC's biggest donor was Comcast and AT&T was also one of the bigger donors.

Fourth, Glazer is benefitting from the California Chamber of Commerce's PAC which has spent almost the same amount against Susan Bonilla and Joan Buchanan. He is also befitting from $224,000 spent just this month from Bill Bloomfield, a former Republican multi-millionaire businessman from Southern California who is trying to buy the election for him. Glazer needs to quit whining. His whining lost him the Assembly race.

Lastly, both Buchanan and Bonilla actually got elected in their respective Assembly Districts which make up almost all the Senate District. Susan Bonilla has also been endorsed by the moderate Mark DeSaulnier (who last held the seat), and the more conservative Ellen Taucher who represented most of the District in Congress.

Glazer is one of the worst losers in this area. He failed miserably in his Assembly race and will fail again in his Senate race. Maybe in 2016 he'll run for Congress. What a Joke.

It will be Joan Buchanan and Susan Bonilla in the run-off but I'm not sure who will win. It will come down to who can get the most volunteers to help them in their campaigns. Right now that looks like Susan. She definitely ha lined up great endorsements.

Antioch Herald--Glazer calls on opponents to disclose campaign promises
POSTED BY BUFFY TARBOX · FEBRUARY 26, 2015 10:47 AM
Antioch Herald
February 25, 2015

State Senate candidate Steve Glazer called on his opponents to provide full transparency of their campaign promises by releasing their answers to special interest questionnaires on their webpage.

“Together we can take a positive step to end the hidden agendas and backroom deals that prevent our elected officials from addressing California’s problems in a fair and open manner. I ask you to join me in sharing with voters all of our responses to candidate questionnaires,” said Glazer.

“By publishing our responses on our websites, we will make our race a model of independence from the very special interests that use these questionnaires to pressure candidates into adopting rigid and narrowly drawn positions,” Glazer said in his letter.

The letter was e-mailed to the three other Senate District 7 candidates: Joan Buchanan, Susan Bonilla and Terry Kremin. The fourth candidate Michaela Hertle has withdrawn from the race and endorsed Glazer. Hertle’s name will still appear on the ballot. So far, none of Glazer’s opponents have opted to publish their answers to questionnaires.

“The focus of our campaigns should be on solutions to the big problems facing our state,” said Glazer. “The voters deserve a thoughtful and fair-minded representative in Sacramento, and they should not be left wondering what sort of promises any of us made to secure that position.”

Glazer currently serves as the Mayor of Orinda and a Trustee of the California State University 23-campus system. During his tenure on the Orinda City Council, Glazer has helped balance budgets while making improvements to schools, libraries and roads.

State Senate District 7 includes the communities of Alamo, Antioch, Bay Point, Bethel Island, Blackhawk, Brentwood, Byron, Clayton, Concord, Danville, Diablo, Discovery Bay, Dublin, Lafayette, Livermore, Moraga, Oakley, Orinda, Pacheco, Pittsburg, Pleasanton, San Ramon, Sunol and Walnut Creek.

The primary will be held Tuesday, March 17.

In his Assembly race last year, Glazer declined to fill out any special interest questionnaire. However, he posted detailed positons on issues on his website. Glazer’s positions are now posted on his Senate campaign website atwww.glazerforsenate.com/issues.

Newspaper endorsements usually don't win races in this area as Glazer found out in his less than stellar race for the Assembly. Joan Buchanan and Susan Bonilla were one and two in the last poll I saw with a reputable pollster.

It takes volunteers, hundreds of them, to win an Assembly or Senate race. Susan Bonilla and Joan Buchanan have them, Glazer does not.


Glazer is befitting from $224,000 spent just this month from Bill Bloomfield, a former Republican multi-millionaire businessman from Southern California who is trying to buy the election for him. Glazer is not clean, but he is a corporate hack.

Can only vote for the only clean candidate in this race, SENATOR STEVE GLAZER! He is the PEOPLE'S CHOICE!

The union whores are scared shitless of his impending victory, as well they should be. Pumped!

As we found out before, since the pro-Glazer sexist foul-mouthed troll (anon 8:41) lives in Hayward, he can't even vote in this race.

Glazer is not clean and he is not the People's Choice. He was just last year kicked to the gutter by the voters. He's a corporate hack as shown by who has donated to his race.

Also, Susan Bonilla has been endorsed by moderate Mark DeSaulnier and conservative Ellen Taucher. Joan Buchanan would be their second choice.

Based upon the foul comments voiced against Mr. Glazer, my family and I will definitely be voting for him. Someone who is constantly being vilified and persecuted must be doing something right. He gets our votes.

Since you are the Glazer Troll and live in Hayward Anon 3:48, you can't vote for Glazer. I guess it's o.k. for you to vilify the women candidates and make sexist comments, but when someone points out the truth about your candidate, you get upset. Nice try, but it doesn't fly.

Glazer is befitting from $224,000 spent just this month from Bill Bloomfield, a former Republican multi-millionaire businessman from Southern California who is trying to buy the election for him. Glazer is not clean, but he is a corporate hack.

That's why he was rejected last year by the voters and will be rejected again. It will be Susan Bonilla and Joan Buchanan because they are moderate women. They aren't bought by the Corporate elite who are trying to destroy the middle class, like your candidate.

Based upon the foul comments voiced against Mr. Glazer, my family and I will definitely be voting for him. Someone who is constantly being vilified and persecuted must be doing something right. He gets our votes.

Since you are the Glazer Troll and live in Hayward Anon 7:58, you can't vote for Glazer. I guess it's o.k. for you to vilify the women candidates and make sexist comments, but when someone points out the truth about your candidate, you get upset. Nice try, but it doesn't fly.

Glazer is befitting from $224,000 spent just this month from Bill Bloomfield, a former Republican multi-millionaire businessman from Southern California who is trying to buy the election for him. Glazer is not clean, but he is a corporate hack.

That's why he was rejected last year by the voters and will be rejected again. It will be Susan Bonilla and Joan Buchanan because they are moderate women. They aren't bought by the Corporate elite who are trying to destroy the middle class, like your candidate.

Can only vote for the only clean candidate in this race, SENATOR STEVE GLAZER! He is the PEOPLE'S CHOICE!

The union whores are scared shitless of his impending victory, as well they should be. Pumped!

As we found out before, since the pro-Glazer sexist foul-mouthed troll lives in Hayward, he can't even vote in this race.

Glazer is not clean and he is not the People's Choice. He was just last year kicked to the gutter by the voters. He's a corporate hack as shown by who has donated to his race.

Also, Susan Bonilla has been endorsed by moderate Mark DeSaulnier and conservative Ellen Taucher. Joan Buchanan would be their second choice.

California State Treasurer Kathleen Brown (Retired)
POSTED BY BUFFY TARBOX 389PC ON FEBRUARY 27, 2015


"I have known Steve for more than two decades. He is a strong advocate for civil rights, human rights, and women's rights. He is strongly pro-choice and favors marriage equality. He has been a leader in efforts to build shelters for battered and abused women. He provided critical support to ensure perpetrators of rape are caught and prosecuted.

As the father of two daughters, he knows how important it is to have equal pay for equal work.
Steve believes, as I do, that in order for government to deliver important services it must have its financial house in order. Steve supports sensible pension reform so funds will be there for the newly hired teacher, police officer, firefighter and nurse when they retire. He supports strong accountability measures throughout all levels of government.

Steve's progressive heart and sensible financial head will make him an outstanding State Senator."

Nobody cares about Buffy Tarbox or Newspaper endorsements. They don't win races in this area as Glazer found out in his less than stellar race for the Assembly. Joan Buchanan and Susan Bonilla were one and two in the last poll.

It takes volunteers, hundreds of them, to win an Assembly or Senate race. Susan Bonilla and Joan Buchanan have them, Glazer does not.

Glazer is befitting from $224,000 spent just this month from Bill Bloomfield, a former Republican multi-millionaire businessman from Southern California who is trying to buy the election for him. Glazer is not clean, but he is an upper class corporate hack who cares little about the middle class.

Also, Susan Bonilla has been endorsed by moderate Mark DeSaulnier and conservative Ellen Taucher. Joan Buchanan would be their second choice. These are the endorsements that matter in this District.

Running scared as you whores should. Apparently you DO care, bitch. Watch your two gals become three and four this next time around. You can't tar and feather CLEAN STEVE GLAZER.

We'll take Kathleen Brown, Steph Curry and Chuck Reed, the next governor of CA any day of the week.

SENATOR STEVE GLAZER. He is the PEOPLE'S CHOICE!

It is you who is running scared. As we have found out, since the pro-Glazer sexist troll lives in Hayward, he can't even vote in this race.

Glazer is not clean and he is not the People's Choice. He was just last year rejected by the voters. He's a corporate hack as shown by who has donated to his race. Glazer tar and feathered himself.

Also, Susan Bonilla has been endorsed by moderate Mark DeSaulnier and conservative Ellen Taucher. Joan Buchanan would be their second choice. Glazer will come in third once again.

Can only vote for the only clean candidate in this race, SENATOR STEVE GLAZER! He is the PEOPLE'S CHOICE!

The union whores are scared shitless of his impending victory, as well they should be. Pumped!

Glazer is not the people's choice as much as you may want to rant and rave and call people sexist names. The voters proved that a few months ago. Maybe they thought he was too radical as shown by the people who support him above.

Since he took over $224,000 spent just this month from Bill Bloomfield, a former Republican multi-millionaire businessman from Southern California who is trying to buy the election for him, Glazer is not clean, but he is an upper class corporate shill who cares little about the average voter.

I'll be supporting Susan Bonilla because she is supported by Progressives, Moderates and Conservatives. You support whoever you want since you don't even live in the district.

East Bay, CA—Candidate for State Senate Steve Glazer announced today that his campaign has raised $179,000 in twenty eight days from 230 donors.

Glazer has raised a total of $213,000 to date for his Senate bid.

“It means a great deal to me to have the support of so many donors,” said Glazer. “Raising this much money in twenty eight days makes it clear that I have broad support for my District 7 Senate race.”

Glazer has received bi-partisan endorsements from almost fifty local elected officials including retired Contra Costa County Sheriff Dick Rainey, former San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed, retired State Controller Steve Westly, former state Treasurer Kathleen Brown and the Contra Costa Times.

Former state Treasurer Kathleen Brown said of Glazer: “Steve believes, as I do, that in order for government to deliver important services it must have its financial house in order. Steve supports sensible pension reform so funds will be there for the newly hired teacher, police officer, firefighter and nurse when they retire. He supports strong accountability measures throughout all levels of government.”

Glazer currently serves as the Mayor of Orinda and a Trustee of the California State University 23-campus system. During his tenure on the Orinda City Council, Glazer has helped balance budgets while making improvements to schools, libraries and roads.

State Senate District 7 includes the communities of Alamo, Antioch, Bay Point, Bethel Island, Blackhawk, Brentwood, Byron, Clayton, Concord, Danville, Diablo, Discovery Bay, Dublin, Lafayette, Livermore, Moraga, Oakley, Orinda, Pacheco, Pittsburg, Pleasanton, San Ramon, Sunol and Walnut Creek

The primary will be held Tuesday, March 17.

Glazer has had the most special interest money spent on his behalf. A total of over 828,000 thousand dollars spent by extreme conservative groups.

Glazer is not clean and he is not the People's Choice. He was just last year kicked to the gutter by the voters. He's a corporate hack as shown by who has donated to his race.

Also, Susan Bonilla has been endorsed by moderate Mark DeSaulnier and conservative Ellen Taucher. Joan Buchanan would be their second choice.

Dan Walters Opinion--Sacramento Bee--Steve Glazer’s foes use an old trick in California Senate election
POSTED BY BUFFY TARBOX · MARCH 10, 2015 8:44 AM
Sacramento Bee
March 9, 2015
By Dan Walters

One of the sneakier campaign tricks employed by politicians is helping a weaker opponent draw votes away from a stronger rival.

A classic example occurred in 1984, when Republican state Sen. John Doolittle’s campaign funneled money to a Democratic opponent in hopes of weakening a third candidate, Republican-turned-independent Ray Johnson, also a state senator.

Doolittle won the election, even though he was later fined by the Fair Political Practices Commission for the trick.

Something similar to that occurred in 2002 when then-Gov. Gray Davis was facing a tough re-election battle. Democrat Davis wanted to face Bill Simon, a conservative Republican, so Davis’ campaign spent a lot of money attacking Richard Riordan, the moderate former mayor of Los Angeles, prior to the June primary.

The idea clearly was to undercut Riordan and make it more likely that Simon would face Davis.

The ploy worked. Simon won the primary and Davis then defeated him very narrowly in the November runoff. Had Davis faced Riordan, chances are high he would have been denied re-election. A year later, voters recalled Davis.

The same tactic is now being seen in the 7th Senate District, site of a special election next week.

The major contenders in the Contra Costa County-centered district are three Democrats: former Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan, Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla and Steve Glazer, an Orinda councilman and veteran campaign manager, most notably of Jerry Brown’s 2010 gubernatorial campaign.

But there’s also a Republican, Michaela Hertle, who withdrew and endorsed Glazer too late to have her name removed from the ballot. That gave unions, who mostly favor Bonilla, an opening to spend money through an entity called the Asian Small Business PAC, seeking votes for Hertle.

The goal, obviously, is to gain enough Republican votes for Hertle to keep Glazer, who has been highly critical of unions, off the May runoff election ballot.

Last week, the state Republican Party sued the Asian Small Business PAC, claiming it is illegally using the Republican Party’s elephant symbol in its mail.

“It’s egregious on the part of a Democratic political action committee to intentionally deceive Californians with its use of well-known Republican images,” Jim Brulte, the state Republican chairman, said in a statement.

Yes it is, but as noted earlier, it’s certainly not the first time it’s happened, nor is it likely to be the last.

The tactic is based on a theory that a substantial number of voters aren’t really paying attention and can be fooled into voting a certain way. But, one wonders, will it work in the 7th district, where the voters are mostly upper-middle class suburbanites?

It’s getting heavy media attention in the district and could backfire on Bonilla.


Source: http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/dan-walters/article13144352.html

Here is the latest total of corrupt special interest money for Glazer. He has received a total of $828,590 the most of any candidate by far.

Bill Bloomfield--Southern Ca. extremely conservative businessman $489,856

Jobs Pac (Ca. Chamber of Commerce) $181, 522 pro-Glazer or anti-Bonilla and Buchanan

Ca. Charter School Association Advocates $128,202

EdVoice $23,570

Independent Voter PAC (another ultra conservative group) $5,448

NO candidate has received more special interest money. NONE! Again the Total for Glazer $828,590

We will vote for Susan Bonilla who has been endorsed by our past Senator Mark DeSaulnier and former Congresswoman Ellen Taucher. They were both moderates.

I'll take the endorsements of Mark DeSaulnier and Ellen Taucher for Susan Bonilla anyday.

First of all, Glazer has never been the PEOPLE'S choice. He was rejected badly by the people who voted just a few months ago. Moderate Democrats, Republicans and Independents will be supporting Susan Bonilla and Joan Buchanan.

Second , Glazer is benefitting from the California Chamber of Commerce's PAC which has spent almost the same amount against Susan Bonilla and Joan Buchanan. He is also befitting from over $489,000 spent just from Bill Bloomfield, a former Republican multi-millionaire businessman from Southern California who is trying to buy the election for him. Glazer needs to quit whining. His whining lost him the Assembly race.

Lastly, both Buchanan and Bonilla actually got elected in their respective Assembly Districts which make up almost all the Senate District. Susan Bonilla has also been endorsed by the moderate Mark DeSaulnier (who last held the seat), and the more conservative Ellen Taucher who represented most of the District in Congress.

Contra Costa Times Editorial: Voters should ignore deceitful labor attack on Glazer
POSTED BY BUFFY TARBOX 480PC ON MARCH 05, 2015
Contra Costa Times
March 4, 2015

Labor unions are branding state Senate candidate Steve Glazer as too conservative -- and too liberal.

In duplicitous, targeted mailers, they tell Democrats that Glazer is a business-loving special interest sellout who wants to give millionaires tax breaks. To Republicans, they say Glazer is a tax-and-spend liberal and that they should instead support a candidate who withdrew from the race.

In fact, Glazer, a California State University trustee and former political adviser to Gov. Jerry Brown, is a moderate Democrat who earned our endorsement because of his centrist politics and desire to build bipartisan coalitions.

Labor leaders hate him because he dared to help elect moderate Democratic candidates to the state Legislature and called for banning BART strikes. Their mailers, among scores in the March 17 special primary election that has so far attracted about $2 million in contributions, prove once again that voters shouldn't trust such propaganda.

The special election will fill the seat Mark DeSaulnier vacated after his election to Congress. The ballot has five names, but only three candidates, all Democrats, are credible. The only Republican, Michaela Hertle, dropped out of the race early and endorsed Glazer.

Glazer, the most centrist candidate, is counting on backing from moderate Democrats, independents and Republicans. Labor is trying to undermine his support from both ends.

The mailers to Republicans were sent under the guise of the "Asian American Small Business PAC," funded with $50,000 from the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees and the California Professional Firefighters Political Action Committee.

One mailer to Republican voters claims Glazer wants to raise taxes and smacks him for having advised "liberal Jerry Brown." Two others call on Republicans to support Hertle, without mentioning that she dropped out. By the way, Hertle is not Asian.

The labor-financed mailers complain, ironically, that "there are just too many Democrats in the State Senate causing partisan gridlock" and decry "the special interests that are paralyzing our state government."

The mailers to Democrats brand Glazer a "Republican Sellout" who "wants to give millionaires a tax break" that will lead to education cuts. Once again, the twisted message is bogus. It comes from eight labor groups that provided $230,000 to fund "Working Families Opposing Glazer for Senate 2015."

Lest there be any doubt the pincer movement is a coordinated labor campaign, the mailers to Democrats and Republicans feature the same grainy, unflattering picture of Glazer.

With all the spending in this race on all sides, there will almost certainly be more misleading mailers coming. Voters should beware.

Source: http://www.contracostatimes.com/editorial/ci_27643657/contra-costa-times-editorial-voters-should-ignore-deceitful

Glazer isn't Centrist. He's Duplicitous. Glazer says whatever the polls tell him to say. He thinks the voters are stupid and the Republicans will believe he's anti-tax, when he's put millions of taxes on the property and sales taxes of Orinda residents...they will believe he is anti-double tunnels, when it's very clear that he says he's against as written and his East Bay Leadership Council debate response included saying we needed to take care of the water needs of he whole state but they had to pay (shorthand for Double Tunnels). Glazer has a thousand bridges to sell you.

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