Santa Ana Councilwoman Gets Caught Talking About Political Dirty Tricks on Public Train, Cries Invasion of Privacy

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SanTana City Council member and current 69th Assembly District candidate Michele Martinez has never been the smartest taco in the combo plate, especially since she's decided to align herself with SanTana Mayor-for-Life Don Papi Pulido and the Wicked Witch of Washington Square, Claudia Alvarez. But she committed an error of legendary dimensions--maybe not John Schmitz getting caught with a Swedish mistress, but definitely more embarrassing than Clownia's dumb insertion of Hitler into a gentrification battle--yesterday, talking about coordinating an independent expenditure with an Indian tribe. On her cell phone. On a public train.

Did we mention such coordination is illegal, if the IE is for the candidate's benefit? HILARIOUS.

Tweeting the conversation live was Bob Salladay, a senior editor for California Watch who doesn't cover Orange County but just happened to be on the same northbound train as Martinez.

Once the Liberal OC got wind of it, they posted a story that spread among OC's chattering classes. Rather than admit she's a pendeja, however, Martinez took a page out of the Pulido/Alvarez/Larry Agran handbook they stole from conservatives: blame the media.

"I don't know what's worse; someone secretly listening to a private conversation without consent or misrepresenting that conversation publicly," she said in a statement to the media.  "It's disrespectful, dishonest and downright creepy. Now, I'm even more motivated to bring integrity, civility and honor back to public service in Sacramento."

HAHAHA! Michele: as someone with whom you did your own political coordinating for one of your campaigns (I just might share THAT story someday), take these words and stitch them on one of your pant suits: a conversation in public is not a private one. IEs are disrespectful to democracy, dishonest, and downright creepy. You can't take the high road when you're already in the latrine. And NEVER, and I mean NEVER, try to pick a fight with someone who buys ink by the barrel--or, in Salladay's case, by the terabyte.

Congrats, Michele! We weren't going to pay too much attention to your campaign, focusing more on opponents Tom Daly and Julio Perez--but your arrogance on the matter necessitates a course change. Details to come...

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cook
cook

by the time voting comes around, the deatails of this will be long forgotten.  But the name will be remembered.  A remember name leads to votes.

Sounds like a smart move.

Rgtahoe
Rgtahoe

One side of the conversation---sounds like one sided journalism.

mitch young
mitch young

The real question should be why Indians, all of whom have been citizens since 1924 (before that many were treated as members of separate nations), should have the privilege of owning casinos while the rest of us cannot. The fact is the US is becoming a bunch of ethnic fiefdoms -- but unfortunately whites are failing to recognize that.

Jack Grimshaw
Jack Grimshaw

Eh, estupida, nobody's "secretly listening" ... same as the blabbing nitwits in the checkout line at Ralphs, you're yakking on your cell phone on a train, irritating the crap out of everyone FORCED TO LISTEN to the tedious details of your self-centered, boring life.

Bill T.
Bill T.

Yah, the "Reasonable Person" rule is right out now-a-days. Sigh.

Chairad61
Chairad61

That was amateur on her part. Anyways, too bad the oc weekly really has no significant credibility. Especially when they refer to Latinas as tacos. It's their radical conservative isolationist views that is making your repulican party irrelevant in CA politics.

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

If it makes you feel any better, I think Van Tran isn't the smartest goi cuon in the spring roll package.

20ftJesus
20ftJesus

Not the cleanest bean sprout in the bánh xèo?

20ftJesus
20ftJesus

Suddenly, I'm hungry for Van's Restaurant. 

909Jeff
909Jeff

Not the smartest taco on the combo plate... Not the sharpest knife in the drawer... Not the brightest crayon in the box... I don't see it as a harmful analogy? 

mitch young
mitch young

So Klavito's metaphor is off -- notice we expect knives to be sharp, crayons to have bright color. We don't expect tacos to be smart.

Alcestes
Alcestes

And besides, tacos are delicious!

CSUF.. NOT!
CSUF.. NOT!

Does anyone know if she really graduated from CSUF?

909Jeff
909Jeff

Below is from her website... And, who would lie about graduating from a CSU... Dont get me wrong I went to Fullerton but if your gonna lie at least make it a private university... Better networking!

I grew up in Orange County, graduated from Santa Ana High School, attended Santa Ana College and earned a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from California State University, Fullerton.  I am currently working on a master’s degree in public health at CSU Fullerton.

DubV
DubV

Why are these politicians on CSUF Latino Stars board? Stooopid

Chris
Chris

Just another bad example set by the idiocracy of conservative OC politicians. You know when your only political concern is grasping at the money stream, smart dialog and decisions tend to get gummed up. It's unfortunate intelligence isn't a qualifier for running for office in Orange County.

909Jeff
909Jeff

Santa Ana Councilwoman Michele Martinez kicked off her campaign for the 69th Assembly district seat on Thursday at Chapter One restaurant, precisely one week after her opponent and fellow Democrat, Julio Perez, held a similar event down the street at Bistro 400.So not only is she definitely not conservative but she supports the gentrification of Gustavo's beloved SanTana... 

And A Lib running against a Lib is the electoral version of a retard fight... I want to attend a debate between these two window lickers... 

DubV
DubV

She isn't "conservative", she's just dumb

mitch young
mitch young

She's above average for her ethnicity.

mitch young
mitch young

Don't hold back, tell me how you really feel.

fuck mitch young
fuck mitch young

You are a vermin and subhuman.  A worthless insect in a trailer park polluting California with your defective DNA.  Please return to the cesspool from whence you were excreted troll.

mitch young
mitch young

I've done okay with my modest gifts, Dave. 

Dave Lieberman
Dave Lieberman

This would mean a lot more if it came from someone who was above average for his ethnicity. But it doesn't, and it's meaningless and troll-like.

Alcestes
Alcestes

Excellent article. These are my favorite type to read.

Gustavo--PLEASE, "share THAT story" with us also...

Oh, and can someone please alert us once she has brought "integrity, civility, and honor back to Sacremento?" I've actually been waiting for someone to do that.

Dave Lieberman
Dave Lieberman

Make sure your will is in order. Sometimes I wonder if there's something in the air or the water in Sacramento that converts even the most ardent, upstanding people into moral morasses.

20ftJesus
20ftJesus

Arrogance was exactly the word I had in mind.  Until stoopid replaced it.

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