Here are my final comments to anyone who is interested. They are my Ã¢â‚¬ËœFly on the WallÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ observations concerning the Tuesday (Feb 6) Special. I will probably piss some people off, but after the finger pointing, calling for heads, etc. it is time to move on.
The DPOC did more in this Ã¢â‚¬ËœSpecialÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ than it has ever done in the past. Frank Barbaro has done more to move this party forward than any other Chair in my memory. For anyone who thinks they can do better AND raise the funds to continue with professionalization, please come forward now. It is a thankless job, when things go right, no one thanks you. When things go wrong, you are the first to be blamed. This is what I call, “The Joy of Leadership”.
The reason Umberg was drafted was based on a poll by labor. Personally, I like Tom as many of our people do. The DPOC went with labor because there was a need to be united and this poll showed Tom (warts and all) at the top. Regrettably, the Ã¢â‚¬ËœNguyenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ factor was not included in this poll. I think Mark got a pretty raw deal, unfortunately, this poll showed Mark in single digits and as much as I like Mark, I was not convinced he could pull it off. An Umberg (Labor) Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Rosen (DPOC) feud would have been far worse for Tom, Mark, Labor and the Party. Benny, I love you too, and to Larry, I wish we could have done more for you (In pure hindsight, we should have).
I will probably be lynched at the next Drinking Liberally for saying this, but I thought Claudia Alvarez might have had a good shot at it. I guess not as good as Tom per the poll, but her run might have motivated more Latinos to come out and vote. I will add that if you remove the two Nguyens, the order of the pack followed that poll.
I believe we were right to stick with labor (concerns about our choice and all that went along with it). When the VBM returns began to post by Matt at Red County, the writing was on the wall and it was too late to make any adjustment. Bear in mind that BustamonteÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s consultant; John Lewis was unable to do so either. The DPOC staff (hired from CorreaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Senate Campaign) worked their Ã¢â‚¬Ëœyou know whatsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ off and I think, did a great job.
In conclusion, it is time to get out and register Democrats in Central Orange County Period. The Republicans have not gotten over losing Central OC 10 years ago. Our issues are the right issues Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Health Care, Education and Good Jobs. We certainly donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t need bounty hunters to switch people and we do not have to demonize anyone to get out the vote. We Can Do It!!!