Santa Ana Mayor-for-Life Miguel Pulido Now an Aztlanista?
|Pulido: The New Emiliano Zapata?|
Is the world coming to an end? Oil spills in the Gulf of Mexico, volcanic ashes creating havoc--and now, SanTana Mayor Don Papi Pulido joining wabs in not only condemning Arizona's anti-illegals SB1070, but bringing forth a resolution to oppose it AND vote for its passage?
That's what happened last night at SanTana's City Council meeting, and represents an unprecedented dive in the Reconquista ocean for the Don Papi. Sooooooo much different than the last time such an issue came up--1994, when he was running for mayor of Orange County's seat for the first time and flip-flopped like some huachinango or something.
¿Qué que? Pulido never gave a cogent explanation for trying to have it both ways other than incessantly repeating his family came over legally, and that his mother was of French heritage (Gustavo aside--HA!). But that little slip made Miguel into the Papi, although it didn't stop Alfredo Amezcua (currently challenging Papi Pulido for SanTana's mayoral seat) to gush shortly after Pulido's election, "That's why he's the man of our times...this city needs someone who is able to pull everyone in, and almost be at the pulpit to ensure that all voices, and all perspectives, and everybody's position is taken into consideration."
Proposition 187 was nowhere near as punitive as Arizona's SB1070, yet you now have Don Papi voting to condemn the state. What gives? Pulido's politics have only grown more conservative over the years--can it be that he's afraid that SanTana's Aztlanistas are going to Amezcua in droves, and that his vote last night was a fajita thrown their way? Or is the Don Papi finally, amazingly, becoming the person SanTana voters elected nearly 25 years ago--an honest-to-goodness progressive? The mind explodes at the latter possibility...