Mexicans Jose Solorio and Sharon Quirk-Silva Face Strong Election Challenges from Asians

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Solorio for Senate
Jose Solorio will cruise in the June primary but the general election could be bloody.

Will Democrats holding/losing supermajorities in the California Assembly and State Senate come down to whether two veteran Mexican politicians in Orange County can fend off challenges from charging Asian-American GOP candidates? Jose Solorio and Sharon Quirk-Silva would surely like to know the answer to that.

While the national media looks for signs of Republicans snuggling up to Latino voters to save the party of immigrant bashing from itself, the California GOP is looking at the quickly changing demographics in the Golden State as an opportunity to score wins with conservative Asian-American candidates who can save the party of irrelevancy.

State Republican Party Chairman Jim Brulte has said eliminating the Democratic stronghold in both houses is the primary goal for the GOP. This seems most feasible in the state Senate, which is already below the 27-member supermajority line with the current suspensions of Democrats Ronald Calderon and Leland Yee (alleged bribery and corruption charges) and Rod Wright (accused of voter fraud and perjury).

Thwarting supermajorities is key to Republicans because, with them, Democrats have the power to raise taxes, pass emergency legislation, put measures on the ballot and override gubernatorial vetoes. And it could be a long reign because expanded term limits will allow incumbents to stay in one house for longer, up to 12 years.

The supermajority struggle is putting all eyes on the state Senate's 34th District seat, for which former school board member and Assemblyman Solorio (D-Santa Ana) is seeking the Democratic nomination in the June primary. Seeking the same seat on the GOP side are current county Supervisor Janet Nguyen and former Orange County Board of Education trustee Long Pham, both Vietnamese-Americans.

Writes Judy Lin for the Associated Press:

Solorio describes himself as a battle-tested moderate who will get more done for the residents of Santa Ana and Long Beach by working with the party in power. He cites budget reform and workers compensation among some of his accomplishments.

"A Democratic senator is going to be more influential for delivering Long Beach and Orange County priorities," he said.

Nguyen says democracy suffers when one party dominates, so she is campaigning on a platform of jobs, public safety and education. She is especially critical of [Gov. Jerry] Brown's three-year-old prison realignment law, which increased the burden on local governments and contends it has led to an increase in theft and burglaries.


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WhiteyAlmighty
WhiteyAlmighty

Ever hear the phrase "disappointers never disappoint"? This is a great example of race baiting from a rag that tries too hard to look progressive. It's pretty sad how you guys attempt to segregate the community with this type of bullshit. But hey, at least you're consistent and we know what to expect from you.

By the way, why do you Reger to the two subject candidates as Mexicans? Don't you have to be American to run for office?

jilllee
jilllee

Why are you trying to make it an Asian VS Mexican thing?????

-paulc-
-paulc-

@mattcoker When did this turn into the Register?  1 thing:  Mexican American.  Why the very distinct naming differences?  Why is one "American" vs the other?  

SantaAna
SantaAna

Two former city council members who did nothing for the respective cities.  Jose took his orders directly from Mayor Pulido and always remained innocuous.  He was a reliable vote that provided no critical thinking.  He is good at promoting Jose and plays a good game of backstabbing (Tom Daly's election to assembly anyone?  Screw organized labor, anyone?).  Janet is no different except she is slightly to the right of Jose. 

tbone16
tbone16

If they're "Mexican" politicians then they should be doing politics in Mexico - not here! In case you didn't know or are too obtuse to realize - this is the United States of America.

jvrsol
jvrsol

MEXICAN Politicians? WTF! Are they not citizens? Why do you feel the need to emphasize that they are "Mexican"? If they are here in the U.S. I would assume they are American, not Mexican. The writer of the story need to be reprimanded for this title. 


Just plain stupid.............

sweetliberty17761776
sweetliberty17761776 topcommenter

Did the OC run the story on how hispanic females who are teens lead the nation in unwanted pregnancies ?


or would that qualify you as "bashing" ?



sweetliberty17761776
sweetliberty17761776 topcommenter

"immigration bashing"


huh!!??


people who commit illegal acts no matter their immigration status, are criminals



thats the only people who get called out by the gop


remember, if you have to lie to support your pov, 


you are insecure in its validity 



DanChmielewski
DanChmielewski

Young Kim is a *former* aide to Ed Royce, having stepped down last September. 

bonsainut
bonsainut

If this person is a Mexican, what is he doing running for office in the United States?  I'm sure the "journalist" (and I use that term lightly) meant to use some other term... Of course, without racism OC Weekly would cease to exist, so I understand why they need to make every story about race!

Brainwashed_in_church
Brainwashed_in_church topcommenter

Don't waste your time voting. Go to the beach or shoot some hoops or go on a bike ride instead. Don't be proactive. Just be aware of the issues and plan your life (taxes, investments, zonings, roads, etc) around them. Plan and react. Voting is a waste of time. Life is too short. Your one vote or your one "letter to your congressman" gets you nowhere.

mexicaniqis50
mexicaniqis50

one thing for sure, if they elect the Asians, the collective IQ of the legislature is sure to rise... but im sure the idiot peasants will vote for one of their idiot amigos...

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