We’ve been calling Supervisor Janet Nguyen’s office pretty regularly since the candidate’s filing deadlines were done about a month ago.Â We wanted to know, who is she endorsing in the Santa Ana City Council Ward 3 race.Â Janet’s people keep retreating behind the same “we haven’t spoken about this” and “I don’t know what her plans are in that race.”
Janet came to a decision over the weekend.Â We can’t blame Janet for not coming to a decision sooner.Â All of the choices are bad to awful.Â Republican Carlos Bustamante, who endorsed Janet for re-election, is running for re-election on a platform of “I never said that sexist remark people heardÂ me say.”Â There’s Steve Rocco, worse, running on the anti-Partnership platform of I-wear-my-sunglasses-at-night.Â There’s Ana Rebecca “Becky” Valencia-VerdinÂ who falls under the “huh?” category even though I’m told she’s a progressive.Â And then there’s Art Pedroza in a category all by himself.
The problem for Janet is between a rock and a hard place.Â To curry favor with the Party that she’ll need when she eventually runs for higher office, Janet should endorse the incumbent Republican.Â Art has publicly stated he has not and will not ask for Janet’s endorsment himself, but if she does endorse Busty whom Art despises, will this be the straw that break’s the camel’s back on the Orange Juice blog.
To date, Janet can still do no wrong on OJ.Â Art’s digital lips are fixated to Janet’s pixelated backside.Â Janet can get free Fair concert tickets and free lobster meals, and Art will criticize anyone and everyone but her.Â Janet will accept political contributions from Pro-Prop 8 money men, and Art will go after every other politician who does, except Janet. But would a Bustamante endorsement (over Art) send Art over the edge? And can Janet afford to incur the wrath of the one OC political blog that gives her unquestioned love?Â
Back on Saturday Janet announced her decision. Art Pedroza did mention it a few days ago, buried as an aside in a post.
“I am hearing that she has endorsed Bustamante.Â It was wise of her not to announce this BEFORE the parade as it might have merited her a few rotten tomatoes in her general directionâ€¦Â Maybe four years hence folks will forget about these dumb moves.”
Who brings rotting produce to a festival?
On Thursday, while Art was busy drafting his self-promoting post about Carlos Bustamante not getting the endorsement of the Lincoln Club (omitting of course that Art didn’t get it either), We finally reached Supervisor Nguyen to confirm who she would be endorsing.Â She has endorsed incumbent Councilmember Carlos Bustamante.
“I have had a good working relationship with Carlos and Art and I wish them both well,” Nguyen told us. “Ultimitely, Carlos, who has been endorsed by the Republican Party of Orange County, has my support for re-election to the Santa Ana City Council.”Â Â Â