Santa Ana City Councilwoman Michele Martinez has brought a much needed energy to the city council and has shown a willingness to roll up her sleeves and get out amongst the people.Ã‚Â I like Michele and I really want to commend her for all her hard work.Ã‚Â I think she has the potential to do great things in Santa Ana and in time I believe she can move up to higher office.
The problem I see coming for Michele is the advice she is getting from some of those folks that she has surrounded herself with.Ã‚Â Currently Michele is leading the charge to defeat the controversial ballot proposition in Santa Ana, Measure D.Ã‚Â IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll be the first to admit that Measure D isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t the most well thought out plan and really lacks any true substance, but at the same time it isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t going to lead to the complete destruction of the human race if it passes as some of itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s opponents would like us to believe.Ã‚Â
Those same opponents are under the false belief that by defeating Measure D they will be catapulted into power replacing the Miguel Pulido Cabal and the political machine that has long run Santa Ana.Ã‚Â This is exactly what some of them have been telling anyone that will listen and this is exactly what they have been telling Michele Martinez.Ã‚Â In fact, not only have they been telling her this, they have been advising and even encouraging her to use this as a springboard towards next years Mayoral election against Miguel Pulido.Ã‚Â
They are telling Michele that not only should she run against Miguel, but that she would win if she does.Ã‚Â All I can say is that I hope that Michele does not listen to these self-annointed leaders of the Ã¢â‚¬Å“revolutionÃ¢â‚¬Â and seeks advice from those with more political experience and knowledge.Ã‚Â
Those with a greater understanding of the game of politics will most certainly tell her would I am about to:Ã‚Â Michele please do not run against Miguel Pulido.Ã‚Â You cannot win.Ã‚Â You are not yet ready to be Mayor and Miguel Pulido is far too great of a foe to take on at this point in your political career.Ã‚Â If you run and lose it could cut short your promising political future.
I have spoken with former Councilman John Acosta, the co-Chair of MicheleÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s city council campaign, and he agrees with me that now is not the time for Michele to be entertaining thoughts of a run against Pulido.Ã‚Â Michele needs to be listening to folks like John, who have a long time knowledge of Santa Ana politics and helped her win election to the council to begin with, and not a small group of bloggers that think that yelling Ã¢â‚¬Å“fireÃ¢â‚¬Â in a crowded theatre is the best way to stir up the masses.
DonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t get me wrong, if Michele were to run against Pulido she would get my vote.Ã‚Â My message here should not be construed as an attack against Michele, as it most certainly will be by the spin masters, rather it should be seen as an honest assessment and advice from me and others that have a much greater knowledge of politics in Santa Ana than those she is currently listening to.
As I have said previously, Michele has a tremendous potential to move to higher political office.Ã‚Â However, rather than listening to foolish advice from folks that have illusions of grandeur, she should take a step back a follow the lead of others that have risen to power right here in Orange County.Ã‚Â She should look towards Fullerton Mayor Sharon Quirk and La Habra Mayor Rosie Espinoza, both of whom are progressive female Democrats just like Michele.
Quirk and Espinoza rose to their current positions by being consensus builders that worked within the power structure.Ã‚Â While I have to admit it, giving the Pulido Cabal the middle finger is sure appealing and a lot more fun, it isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t the most effective way to get change for our city.Ã‚Â Trust me I know, I have been giving them the middle finger for twenty years and not much has changed.Ã‚Â Michele has a dynamic personality, tremendous energy and a good heart.Ã‚Â She has all the markings of a great leader and she should use them to work within Santa Ana political system and build a consensus for change.
For the good of the community lets all hope that Michele Martinez gets off this crazy train being driven by folks that mistake grandstanding for leadership and listens to those folks that are offering sane advice.Ã‚Â Michele has a tremendous future ahead of her, but a run against Pulido at this time is just not wise.Ã‚Â A run against Pulido at this time just wouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t be successful and could lead to her downfall and that just wouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t be a good thing for the residents of Santa Ana.