12 DAYS UNTIL ELECTION DAY | Sometimes the Internet is not what it seems. For some, the person one perceives on the other end of an online interaction is not who they are in real life. It's not uncommon for, say a man, to fall in love with a person online without ever seeing them in the flesh, only to learn later it was another man posing as an interested woman. This is known as "catfishing."
In the Ninth State Senate District, Sandre Swanson is pulling a similar trick with collection of campaign photos used in regular rotation that may be more than five years old. Call it "political catfishing,"
The array of campaign photos used by the Swanson campaign appear to be high-quality. A pair appears to show Swanson speaking during his bygone days in the Assembly. A few others are de rigueur campaign poses, like one of Swanson posing with school children while they use a computer. Notice the computers in the photo are a bit dated.
A campaign mailer sent this week by Sandre
Swanson's state Senate campaign.
Since he underwent surgery on his spine three years ago, Swanson has been noticeably immobile, even back to his time serving in Oakland Mayor Jean Quan's administration. On the campaign trail, Swanson often slowly ambles to an awaiting chair while using two canes. There's nothing wrong with Swanson between the ears. His rhetoric has been equal parts uplifting, energetic and inspiring.
However, in a highly-competitive race against a well-known and well-financed opponent, Swanson's inability to pound the pavement and hustle votes is a great problem for his campaign. An army of volunteers can canvass neighborhood all over the district, but nothing cements the vote like having the actual candidate press the flesh and personally ask for their support.
Ro Khanna with future wife Ritu Ahuja at the
campaign's kickoff event in August 2015.
POT MONEY IN AD16 Oakland cannabis interests are hosting a fundraiser next week for 16th Assembly District challenger Cheryl Cook-Kallio. Oakland attorney Robert Raich, who specializes in medical cannabis law, along with Dan Grace, the owner of Dark Heart Nursery, is hosting the event. Oakland Assemblymember Rob Bonta is also a featured guest at the event asking a top price of $4,200 a person. The late fundraiser is undoubtedly part of the Assembly Democratic leaderships strong push to help Cook-Kallio unseat Republican East Bay Assemblymember Catharine Baker while raising the odds the party can achieve a two-thirds majority. But how will moderate and conservative voters in the district representing places like Walnut Creek and Pleasanton feel about cannabis money flowing to Cook-Kallio? That's unclear, but it didn't seem to hurt Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley last June when he trounced Bryan Parker. In that race, which includes just the Alameda County portion of the 16th District, Miley's campaign was largely fueled by contributions from the cannabis industry.
State Sen. Steve Glazer opposes BART's Measure
RR infrastructure bond.