OC Young Democrats Reject Tom Daly's State Assembly Candidacy

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Tom Daly
At one point in modern Orange County history Anaheim's Tom Daly was considered the biggest rising star in the local Democratic Party.

That sentiment ended in 1996 with the stunning emergence of Loretta Sanchez, then an unknown character who toppled legendary, Republican Congressman Robert K. Dornan of Garden Grove.

While Sanchez has become an undeniable heavyweight in national Democratic Party politics, Daly--ironically once Sanchez's mentor--fell into relative obscurity.

That's not to suggest Daly's resume is blank. He served as Anaheim's mayor and is currently Orange County's clerk-recorder. But, among certain political insiders, he's gained a reputation for craving higher office but not having the passion to do the work to win competitive elections.

And there's also this: More than a few hardcore progressives believe Daly is a DINO: Democrat In Name Only. That speculation isn't just idle chatter. His career is loaded (fairly or not) with accusations of anti-union and anti-Latino activities. Along with Republican lobbyist Curt Pringle, he's presently backing Jordan Brandman in a race for the Anaheim City Council. In the past, Brandman--a onetime Orange County Business Council lobbyist--aligned himself with conservative, anti-gay marriage forces.
 
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Influence peddler John Lewis
It also doesn't help that one of Daly's longtime pals is Republican John Lewis, a former Orange County state senator and current political consultant known for gutter tactics, backroom deals and a pronounced aversion to the truth. Lewis helped engineer the re-election of corrupt Sheriff Mike Carona before his FBI/IRS arrest and conviction. As clerk-recorder, Daly directed his own questionable activities, including taxpayer-funded, sweetheart deals for buddies.

Late last year, Daly--hailing himself as a seasoned politician--announced his campaign to replace outgoing 69th State Assemblyman Jose Solorio in November's election. TheLiberalOC.com reported that he held a Santa Ana fundraiser that was a "huge success" and the blog also posted his answers to a campaign questionnaire.

Among those not intimidated are Democratic primary opponents Julio Perez, an Anaheim labor activist, and Michele Martinez, a member of the Santa Ana City Council.

Who knows at this point how Daly will fare, but recent events aren't necessarily encouraging. Last week, the Orange County Young Democrats met and considered who to endorse in the central OC race. The group chose Perez.

Another big Democratic group, the Orange County Labor Federation, also endorsed Perez, who has the approval of ex-state Sen. Joe Dunn.

Martinez grabbed the backing of Solorio as well as Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido and a long list of progressive activists and elected officials.

People can debate the influence of any endorsement, but not that Daly has alienated a long, diverse list of his fellow Democrats and is now paying the consequences.

Perhaps certain local Republicans will come to his rescue.

--R. Scott Moxley / OC Weekly

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LapBandDan
LapBandDan

 It is with great sadness,  that we announce Papa Joe has died.

Matt and I as defenders of the right for school officials and clergy to have sex with boys, are deeply saddened.

As PR professionals, we understand that protecting the institution is ore important than protecting some kid. It wasn't that bad. Come on, Sanduskys kids got to go to some games. The Mater Dei kids got a great education, so what if a little sodomy is what they paid.

Chris takes it in #2 all the time (well he used to........Ahem.).

So all you morons out there who know NOTHING about protecting the institution, you won't ever understand, how nice it is to hold a young.... oh sorry.

LONG LIVE PAPA JOE, JOHN URELL, AND MAN-BOY LOVERS EVERYWHERE!

mitch young
mitch young

How can any non-homosexual white man, white person, be a Democrat? It's obvious from this guy's story, and that of Tom Umberg, and dozens more (and Hilary), that as a white Democrat you may get some temporary boost from your 'people of color' friends increasing in number and voting power. But eventually they will move to elect one of their own kind.

909Jeff
909Jeff

While Sanchez has become an undeniable heavyweight in national Democratic Party politicsLinda is the Heavyweight... Loretta looks more like a Welterweight!

Edwin  (Claudio) Marinez
Edwin (Claudio) Marinez

figures Lapbanddan would like this.

What a tool. Too much of a wussy to defend himself, but, casual enough to agree to the truth.

Dan and Chris will go whereever the wind blows (or whoever they blow).

Dan Chmielewski
Dan Chmielewski

Meant to hit reply and hit Liked instead, but I don't.  I'm a straight white male and a long time Democrat.  Your statement is wrong on so many levels, I'm not sure where to begin.

R. Scott Moxley
R. Scott Moxley

Yes, Republicans will always diss Loretta but--like it or not--she has weight in national Democratic Party politics. That point is bolstered by her rise to powerful defense-related committee assignments.

R. Scott Moxley
R. Scott Moxley

Yes, Republicans will always diss Loretta but--like it or not--she has weight in national Democratic Party politics. That point is bolstered by her rise to powerful defense-related committee assignments.

Dan Chmielewski
Dan Chmielewski

Hahaha; being called a wussy by a sockpuppet. Priceless.

mitch young
mitch young

I'll send your objections along to state controller Joe Dunn, or supervisor Tom Umberg.

909Jeff
909Jeff

So I make a crack about her fat sister and that gets a response from you? 

And I hardly think its a "rise to power" since they seat people by their time in service. As a matter of fact I'm quite certain the libs play eenie meenie miny moe to figure out who chairs what committee.  And dont you find it a bit suspicious that she sits on the Committee for Homeland Security.. Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security... And her district has one of the highest populations of shall we say people who are in the Los Estados Unidos ? 

ALSO... you rarely ever see the the great and powerful Sanchita with a mocrophone in her face on any news Chanel.  Youtube her, there are like 3 MSNBC clips and a couple Cspan Clips.  you would think someone of her stature would get more TV time? Que No?  

Henry Gattis
Henry Gattis

Dan,

I have asked you nicely to stop SEVERAL TIMES.

STOP mentioning me, to STOP CALLING ME, MY WIFE, MY KIDS. I have thrice emailed Andrew Galvin but he has not answered. I wrote to the OCR Editor.

Yet you persist.

All I EVER did was post a comment on a blog and you keep attacking me.My next step is to call the Santa Ana PD. I work in San Clemente as you have figured out. My boss will attest to that from the phone calls.

I would apologize for hurting you, but I don't know what I have done to deserve this.

One more comment and MY COMPANIES CORPORATE LAWYER will light you up like a presto log.

LEAVE MY FAMILY ALONE.

ONE MORE COMMENT AND IT'S THE SAPD AGAIN. You might try and outsmart the cops, once, twice even three times. But after four harassment complaints...............

PS - YOU DON'T FOOL ANYONE BY FAKE POSTS USING MY NAME.

Long Beach Loser
Long Beach Loser

Shut Up.

You know we have had Claudio on Anabuse for months. Thats why he stopped blogging!

There are much more important things going on now.

Dan and Andrew Galvin downloaded this really cool app called walkietalkie, now the share messages throughout the day.

Should Dawn be worried that all of his friends are gay? Got to go, it's not safe here after dark! 

Edwin (Claudio) Marinez
Edwin (Claudio) Marinez

An adolesent and an alcoholic. Now thats a team!

Funny how Dan never denies the charges, just makes funny quips. Sounds like he's guilty to me.

Dan Chmielewski
Dan Chmielewski

wow Henry; thanks for the comment.  What a surprise.  Enjoy San Clemente!

HenryGattis
HenryGattis

Everyone knows Claudio and Dan are friends. You on the other hand are a joke

Edwin  (Claudio) Marinez
Edwin (Claudio) Marinez

CREEP ALERT!!!!!!

How about sending some more packages Dan. What about those late night harassing calls to strangers.

Anyone who tracks down and harasses internet posters like you is a creep.

This dude is a FREAK! He writes it off as being "A Fourteen year old", but he is scary and wierd.

Come on comic book boy,,,,,,,,,,,come on.

I'll be too drunk to remeber posting this by the time I get back from the Quill!

Edwin  (Claudio) Marinez
Edwin (Claudio) Marinez

CREEP ALERT!!!!!!

How about sending some more packages Dan. What about those late night harassing calls to strangers.

Anyone who tracks down and harasses internet posters like you is a creep.

This dude is a FREAK! He writes it off as being "A Fourteen year old", but he is scary and wierd.

Come on comic book boy,,,,,,,,,,,come on.

I'll be too drunk to remeber posting this by the time I get back from the Quill!

909Jeff
909Jeff

And all of this started because insinuated Linda wields a lot of influence at the local buffet!

Bill T.
Bill T.

Whether appointment to committee assignments is arbitrary or not (as you point out it is, being based on seniority), they do wield extra influence by virtue of being on the committee(s).

909Jeff
909Jeff

And we have no disagreement there! Or with Gary "I'm never in my district" Miller...

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

We have no love for Loretta, but the conservative obsession for her borders on the creepy—cast stones, glass houses, logs in eyes and everything!

R. Scott Moxley
R. Scott Moxley

Loretta appears on national TV just as much or more than her Republican colleagues in the county's congressional delegation. If you really want a hearty laugh, watch any Dana Rohrabacher public appearance.

909Jeff
909Jeff

shall we say people who are in the Los Estados Unidos by unscrupulous means... Sorry I was watching Sanchita on you tube and laughing my ass off... I didnt complete my thought!

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