TheÃ‚Â possibility thatÃ‚Â former Senator Joe Dunn (D-Santa Ana) might run for Orange County First District Supervisor has made many Democrats in Orange County happy;Ã‚Â in some cases, me in particular, ecstatic.Ã‚Â But that feelingÃ‚Â may notÃ‚Â to apply to everyone.
In addition to Republicans, who are understandably nervous about the prospect ofÃ‚Â Joe Dunn running, it looks like some high profile Dems are getting nervous as well. That nervousness was the topic of discussion at the Drinking Liberally gathering at Memphis in Santa Ana on Thursday night.
Since they have not indicated supportÃ‚Â for any other possible and/or eligible candidate, it is suspected that their motives may be purelyÃ‚Â based uponÃ‚Â political self-interest.
So why wouldn’t Sanchez and Correa want to support Joe Dunn for Supervisor?
It is widely known in political circlesÃ‚Â that Congresswoman Sanchez would like to seek state-wide elected office in either 2010 or 2012. It isÃ‚Â possible that Sanchez and Correa have alliedÃ‚Â in hopesÃ‚Â that Correa secures the party nomination to fill her Congressional seat should she move on. They may fear that if Dunn is a sitting Supervisor that he might run for that seat and simply do not want to take the chance that he would be in a strong position to do so.
If true, the implications of such possibleÃ‚Â political calculations are clear; Sanchez and Correa would rather have conservative Republican representing the First District than someone who represents the needs of all the people of that district. If true, it would be disappointing that they are willing to place their personal political aspirations ahead of the needs of the people they represent.
While the Republicans have Van Tran and Trung Nguyen playing political games in the First District, I hope the Democrats are not stuck with Sanchez and Correa playing the same games. Whatever the case, I hope the votersÃ‚Â are wise enough toÃ‚Â support Joe Dunn for First District Supervisor if he chooses to run.