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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Labor's losing SD7 strategy: Send union members to a district that hates them

Polling showed the Seventh District were more
than just not into labor unions.
STATE SENATE | DISTRICT 7 | Legions of clipboard-toting labor Democrats say they blanketed the State Senate Seventh District battleground just days before before Tuesday election. Five hundred campaign volunteers talked up their candidate, Susan Bonilla, from Pittsburg to Livermore, stumping for her and passing out campaign brochures. The sheer number of volunteers is what a candidate expects to receive from labor when they are willing to espouse support for the working person. You typically get that and more when your opponent is viewed as the anti-Christ to the labor movement.

However, labor may have been so angry at fellow Democrat Steve Glazer that they stopped thinking straight because in this moderate district the same group fanning out across Contra Costa County and the Tri Valley in Alameda County was viewed by voters as the problem.

Take note of last Friday's KPIX/SurveyUSA poll that showed Glazer leading Bonilla by 10 points with just days before the election and which turned out to be quite accurate. But dig further down and you will find why having a few volunteers backed by labor knocking of someone’s door in Walnut Creek isn’t going to yield the pot of votes Bonilla needed to overtake Glazer.

When respondents were asked the basic question of whether they support the right of BART workers to strike, a resounding 60 percent said no, while only 30 percent said yes. When the query is connected to the views of each candidate, Glazer believed transit workers should no longer retain the right to strike, while Bonilla supported the status quo, unsurprisingly Glazer comes out on top.

With Tuesday night's result come some serious questions for not only labor, but the Democratic leadership in both counties. Although, the moderate Rep. Eric Swalwell is not necessarily viewed as a problem in the 15th Congressional District, his election replaced a strong progressive steeped in the labor movement. What followed is much worse: Republican Catharine Baker won in the 16th Assembly District last fall over another strongly-backed labor candidate, Tim Sbranti. Now, with Glazer's big win, the mission creep of non-progressive elected officials in the outer East Bay has hit a critical stage. In this new world,if you’re a moderate, and there are many who might feel personally more comfortable as one, you now have a fully tested strategy for victory outside of accepting support from labor unions.

So, what should labor have done instead? Without a change in the narrative or credible bombshell since the March primary, labor’s hands were tied. If you want to tone down the strategy of sending young labor volunteers into unfriendly neighborhoods, then you might choose to focus on plastering Bonilla all over the local media and social media sites.

In addition, we never saw Bonilla act like the voice of her own campaign. Of course, you could argue the stakes in this election for Bonilla were minimal. She still holds her Assembly seat and could force a rematch next year for the same seat. But it’s more than that. Her public presence was so poor that it’s almost amazing she has held some many different public offices. Furthermore, linking moderates to rightwing nuts, such as the Tea Party and the Koch Brothers does not work in this area. It didn’t work for Pete Stark against Swalwell. didn’t work against Baker and it weirdly emboldens conservatives to embrace a candidate like Glazer.

Another question is why didn't Bonilla's campaign strike at the heart of Glazer's real strength, his consistent pledge of being non-partisan? The reality of Glazer's oath is the likelihood his effectiveness would be neutered in a political no-man's land in Sacramento. Democrats would loathe him and Republicans would harbor significant distrust towards him. Bonilla and labor tried this gambit to some extent, but it didn't cut through the noise of mailers and news articles over money in the race and it didn't have a story. Why didn't Bonilla show exactly what being non-partisan meant? It might mean legislators huddled in a conversation abruptly cutting short their chat when Glazer shows up, or Glazer sit alone in a packed cafeteria, or a still of Glazer standing alone in front of the capitol with a sad tear running down his cheek.

But, the main structural problem in Bonilla’s campaign is that she learned nothing from Sbranti’s disappointing loss to Baker, a race that also included Glazer in the June Primary. Nobody in the Democratic Party supporting Bonilla or labor thought to change the subject of the race from BART strikes that occurred almost two years ago and affect very few at this very moment? This has always been Glazer’s calling card and even when it failed for him, he allowed Baker to co-opt his message to victory in the 16th Assembly District. Voters in this area appeared to like the message from a true conservative rather than a moderate. This time around, though, these practical groups of voters saw Glazer as the Baker of this race and Bonilla as Sbranti.

19 comments :

It's all about reality. Steve is a regular 'Joe,' who gives a damn about average people. He is an honest, credible Democrat--the only one who isn't suckling on the public tit. No special interests here. When LABOR came knocking at my door, I told them exactly where they could go--and it wasn't Sacramento!

nope, Glazer and IEs supporting him politicized the BART strike (but failed to mention the death of two workers in Walnut Creek by management replacement workers) and made it an issue. Why not, beats focusing on who is really behind Glazer: corporations who like the status quo in Sacramento.

Yes. We'll take SENATOR-ELECT STEVE GLAZER every day of the week over toxic, corrupt, dirty union whores who pick the public's pockets clean.

Oh wait, reality news flash. Glazer won, and the union sluts got kick to the dust bin of history where they belong. All hail Senator-elect Glazer, who will be doing great things for our district for the next 13 years!

Hate to burst your bubble, but Glazer is just another bought and paid for corrupt puppet. The consumer lost this battle to the Corporate puppet. Hope he loses in 2016.

Loving Senator Steve Glazer for the next 13 years!

You union sluts gave it your all, and the public decided that you're worthless and toxic. Steve is the People's Choice, as was evidenced by his election blowout victory.

This is Politics 99. He was never going to be allowed to fail since he always had the PEOPLE on his team. BART strikes are now on their way to the ash bin of history. Along with our dear Assemblywoman Cathy Baker, the district has been realigned to moderate-conservative. We who live in the district are very happy, indeed.

Steve's victory is your loss, and we will continue to remind you union sluts of that fact. Next up, we take out Dick Valley in the next election and throw him on the scrap heap of history along with MITTbranti, Whorbett, Bitchchanan, Second Place Sue, Whortese, can't write anymore since the list of LOSERS is so, so long.

How sweet it is for THE PEOPLE'S CHOICE WINNERS!!!

Glazer is toast in 2016. 23% turnout doesn't look like the people's choice to me. In Nov. 2016 there will be 60%-70% turnout. BYE, BYE Corporate Slut Glazer.

We agree!

Loving Senator Steve Glazer for the next 13 years!

You union sluts gave it your all, and the public decided that you're worthless and toxic. Steve is the People's Choice, as was evidenced by his election blowout victory.

This is Politics 99. He was never going to be allowed to fail since he always had the PEOPLE on his team. BART strikes are now on their way to the ash bin of history. Along with our dear Assemblywoman Cathy Baker, the district has been realigned to moderate-conservative. We who live in the district are very happy, indeed.

Steve's victory is your loss, and we will continue to remind you union sluts of that fact. Next up, we take out Dick Valley in the next election and throw him on the scrap heap of history along with MITTbranti, Whorbett, Bitchchanan, Second Place Sue, Whortese, can't write anymore since the list of LOSERS is so, so long.

How sweet it is for THE PEOPLE'S CHOICE WINNERS!!!

The " People's Choice"? We'll see in 2016. He just took a walk, instead of voting on a bill last week that would have raised the minimum wage to $13 an hour by 2017. So, he refused to take a stand on one of his first contentious issues. What a coward!

Glazer will be gone after the November 2016 election.

All hail INCUMBENCY!!!!!!!!!!!

We agree!

Loving Senator Steve Glazer for the next 13 years!

You union sluts gave it your all, and the public decided that you're worthless and toxic. Steve is the People's Choice, as was evidenced by his election blowout victory.

This is Politics 99. He was never going to be allowed to fail since he always had the PEOPLE on his team. BART strikes are now on their way to the ash bin of history. Along with our dear Assemblywoman Cathy Baker, the district has been realigned to moderate-conservative. We who live in the district are very happy, indeed.

Steve's victory is your loss, and we will continue to remind you union sluts of that fact. Next up, we take out Dick Valley in the next election and throw him on the scrap heap of history along with MITTbranti, Whorbett, Bitchchanan, Second Place Sue, Whortese, can't write anymore since the list of LOSERS is so, so long.

How sweet it is for THE PEOPLE'S CHOICE WINNERS!!!

Both Glazer and Baker will lose in 2016 when the voter turnout will be more than twice as high. You are never the people's choice with a 23% voter turnout. Bye, Bye corporate sluts!

All hail INCUMBENCY!!!!!!!!!!!

We agree!

Loving Senator Steve Glazer for the next 13 years!

You union sluts gave it your all, and the public decided that you're worthless and toxic. Steve is the People's Choice, as was evidenced by his election blowout victory.

This is Politics 99. He was never going to be allowed to fail since he always had the PEOPLE on his team. BART strikes are now on their way to the ash bin of history. Along with our dear Assemblywoman Cathy Baker, the district has been realigned to moderate-conservative. We who live in the district are very happy, indeed.

Steve's victory is your loss, and we will continue to remind you union sluts of that fact. Next up, we take out Dick Valley in the next election and throw him on the scrap heap of history along with MITTbranti, Whorbett, Bitchchanan, Second Place Sue, Whortese, can't write anymore since the list of LOSERS is so, so long.

How sweet it is for THE PEOPLE'S CHOICE WINNERS!!!

Great, great news. From the Oval Office to Baltimore to Sacramento, we are seeing the glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel. The only possible way we avoid Armageddon as a country is if the Left (whether in the form of union goons or race hustling "reverends") continues to smugly overreach and anger regular Americans with your self-serving B.S. Great to see Bay Area union folk doing their part to annoy the hoi polloi. Please, DO NOT STOP, I beg of you.

What has been pointed out so far is that Glazer and Baker were almost totally funded by anti-consumer groups. The middle and lower class lost when they won. My family doesn't belong to a union, wish we did, but I agree that 2016 will bring out more anti-Glazer and anti-Baker voters. Usually more progressive candidates win in presidential years. Those voters in 2016 will represent the people, not the small number that turn out in special elections.

The " People's Choice"? We'll see in 2016. He just took a walk, instead of voting on a bill last week that would have raised the minimum wage to $13 an hour by 2017. So, he refused to take a stand on one of his first contentious issues. What a coward!

So happy that the district has realigned to moderate-conservative, which best reflects our values. We don't need any ultra-liberal skank union sluts out this way. If they're dumb enough to thrust recycled has-beens on us in the next election, we'll be only too happy to send them right back to the scrap heap of history.

Good, old-fashioned values are the best. So lucky to have the Dynamic Duo: Senator Steve and Assemblywoman Cathy. We are so blessed!

Both Glazer and Baker will lose in 2016 when the voter turnout will be more than twice as high. You are never the people's choice with a 23% voter turnout. Bye, Bye corporate sluts!

Oh, you union whores really can't take reality. Keep having those wet dreams. We might even hire you to cater the Glazer and Baker re-election victory parties in 2016, but no union-scale wages! You have been relegated to the trash heap of history, and the PEOPLE'S CHOICE WINNERS coming at your expense is all the sweeter.

How sweet it is to roll all over you yet once again!

If you want to get rid of politicians that are bought and paid for, like Glazer and others, you need to support AB700. With AB700 we would get to actually see the the top three funders of campaign mailers clearly, unlike current disclosure policies that let the largest funders hide behind small print and innocuous committee names. Most Bay Area legislators are supporting this, with the notable exception of Catharine Baker.

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