The Surprise in Santa Ana

One of the other elections we watched closely was the race for Santa Ana city council, in particularly Ward 3 where none of the choices were good ones.

Its notable that in spite of “unofficial” and “unscientific” polls showing otherwise, Art Pedroza lost to Carlos Bustamante by a significant chunk of votes.  What made it worse is he barely eeked out a 354-vote margin over (adjectives escape me) Steve Rocco, who spent no money, made no candidate forums, and issued no public statements other than running for the seat. 

Art seems to think we have it out for him and the reasons he cites on his blog about why we have it out for him are completely wrong.  Frankly, it comes down to realizing this is a guy who deliberately swings below the belt to win a fight while bitching and moaning if he gets hit in the jewels back.  In the end, it’s just not worth it.  When Art posted the divorce documents of Chief Walters on his blog, that was frankly the straw that broke the camel’s back. 

So when Matt Cunningham of Red County contacted me about contributing to an IE for an anti-Pedroza flyer, my checkbook was out before Matt was finished making his pitch.  I wish I could have contributed more, but I’m no Mike Schroeder.  I was amused at all the speculation  that Carlos Bustamantre was behind it; I don’t think he even knew.

In spite of multiple predictions on Art’s blog (the #1 Political blog in Orange County as long as you don’t go to www.quantcast.com) that the Santa Ana incumbents would go down in flames, they all won.  By a lot.  It’s just yet another example of how out of touch Art is with the voters of Santa Ana on issues and on candidates.  And its proven again and again at the polls every election cycle.  But its undeniable that voters narrowly preferred Art over an alledged condiment thief.  And that speaks volumes.

Glad you’re back to blogging Art.  And please thank your wife for her Yes on 8 vote for me.

  5 comments for “The Surprise in Santa Ana

  1. tool
    November 5, 2008 at 6:25 pm

    Dan you’re such a tool working with Jubal, so-called liberal. Your shilling for CAIR boy Todd Gallinger was shameful–too bad he lost!

  2. FLowerszzz
    November 5, 2008 at 7:45 pm

    It is sweet sweet justice!

  3. duplojohn
    November 5, 2008 at 9:13 pm

    At least he tried.

    I mean this. Art obviously cared enough for his community to do something, self serving, alterior motive or pure ego, the dude did more than most.

    Remember in the fifth grade ,the kid that always talked about fighting the school bully after school but never showed up?

    Art showed up, wore his good clothes, got his ass kicked and is probably going to get in trouble for ruining his good duds.

    That earns him respect in my book.

  4. jose s.
    November 6, 2008 at 7:01 am

    i dont remember seeing one single lisann martinez sign in santa ana but yet she managed to get more votes overall that pedroza. but then again if you watch the meetings you know who she is and it’s easy to see that she has a lot of integrity and truly cares about santa ana.

  5. Dan Chmielewski
    November 6, 2008 at 8:46 am

    I’m proud of the race Todd ran. He finished 4th overall which demonstrates Irvine’s tolerance and respect for people of every race, creed and color.

    And I didn’t work with Jubal; I wrote a check for a mailer against a candidate not fit for office.

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