Santa Ana Ward 3 council candidate Art Pedroza is perhaps best known for his Orange Juice blog, and while I’m loathe to send him any traffic, this post should tell Santa Ana voters all they need to know of the charatcer of a man seeking to represent them in higher office. In short, he’s not fit to represent them.
The headline on the blog post reads: “Bustamante may have been drunk when he hit a police car in Anaheim.”Â Knowing that Art is running to attempt to unseat Carlos Bustamante, my first thought was “Carlos Bustamante was driving drunk?”Â I did glance at the story in the LA Times, but didn’t fully read it.Â And I have to believe IF Carlos Bustamante was driving drunk and crashe into a police crusier in Anaheim, there would be bigger play in the local media.
This is a piss-poor attempt to link a drunk driver with a common last name to Art’s council opponent.Â And when you read the post, there is no mention of Carlos Bustamante, but its an attempt to trick voters plain and simple.Â While it pains me to defend Carlos Bustamante here, this accident story would not have warranted space on Art’s blog if the driver’s last name wasn’t Bustamante.Â
If we were to report onÂ aÂ sex offenderÂ named Pedroza on this blog, Art would scream like a stuck pig.Â Â
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Earlier in the week, Art has a post regarding Laura Saucedo Cunningham being hired as a director of Latino Outreach for the Yes of Prop 8 group whcih seeks to add a constitutional amendment that bans Gay Marriage in California.Â The headline of the post, “Matt ‘Jubal’ Cunningham’s wife being paid to hate.”Â This is claim is absurd and the post designed to antognize Red County blogger Matt Cunningham.Â
We have had many spirited debates with Matt on this blog and over at Red County. And while I’m certain we’re right on this issue and Matt and his wife are wrong on it, dragging the debate into the mindfield of “hate” is just not accurate.Â In Art’s commentary in the post and in comments, he describes Mrs. Cunningham’s role in the Yes on 8 campaign has “disgusting,” “hate-filled vile campaign’ and compares this effort somehow with racial slurs of being called a wetback or beaner.Â Yet Art’s own wife will be voting Yes on Prop 8 which Art defends on his wife being “Very religious.”Â
Art wrote: “My own wife is voting for Prop. 8. She is not hateful, just very religious. But the proponents of Prop. 8 – the people who put this abomination on the ballot – they ARE a hate-filled, fearful bunch. I would include Jubal and his cabal in that number.”
So using Art’s own logic and argument, he’s married to someone who will vote for hate, who will vote for a vile and digusting law that will deny equal rights to gays and lesbians.Â I’d be hard pressed to say that Matt and Laura Cunnigham are not very religious.Â If fact, I’d say they are devout to the point where their faith crosses over to impact their political beliefs.Â That said, the Cunninghams, I believe are wrong on the issue of Prop 8 but I don’t believe hate has anything to do with it.
Yes, Art and I agree on what the outcome of Prop 8 should be and that’s a No to the constitutional amendment and yes to eqaulity.Â But I have to question Art’s character, morality, and integrity by employing tactics such as these to smear an opponent by name association and by calling out someone else’s perceived “hate” while not condemning it in his own immediate family.
Since Art’s wife is very religious and he sas he is too, I’d like to remind him that posts like these bear false witness against thy neighbor.Â And they demonstrate, clearly, that he is unfit to hold public office.
If you’re voting in this election, vote for Becky Valencia-Verdin, as she’s the best of a sorry lot.