Dan Chmielewski’s recent post has generated quite a bit of buzz. I would like to expand and give my view on this race. Although I do not live in the 4th District, many areas of this district are quite like Santa Ana and much if it even overlaps with the 47th Congressional and 34th Senate District. It is racially diverse, much of the population are blue collar workers and is a relative swing area when it comes to politics, with some areas leaning Democratic and others Republican. Obama carried the 4th District 51-46 percent in 2008.
Much like other areas of Central Orange County, outside interests are once again invading our circle of the world, deciding they know what is best for us plebians and seeking to interfere where they don’t belong. I am glad Lorri Galloway has stood up to the Disney Empire the way she has, I commend her for the work she has done for Eli Home, which is honorable, but that does not qualify her to be Supervisor in the 4th District when she lives up in the Anaheim Hills.
One of my biggest pet peeves when I was on the Democratic Party Central Committee was interests from Anaheim Hills or South County coming into our neck of the woods and try to interfere with our candidates and our politics. One incident in particular was when progressive resources were taken out of Anaheim two weeks before the 2006 election to help with races where the outcome was clear. The result was Lou Correa having a closer than expected election and losing Anaheim by four points, Richard Chavez losing re-election by 200 votes to a right wing maniac and Jordan Brandman losing by 500 votes to more right wing maniacs. History has shown these outside interests have only made it worse for us and quite frankly, if they want to help out in Central OC, they need to listen to US, not the other way around.
Now we have a Democrat who is from central OC, raised most of his life here, running for this seat and evenÂ served as Mayor of the city he grew up in . Naturally he should be the candidate we all rally around to get at least one seat on the Board of Supervisors. Instead, Lorri, who is only renting a vacant apartment to establish residency and is only willing to work but not live among the commoners. I have had enough of politicians, I don’t care what party, treating our area of OC like it is some sort of hacienda for their amusement. If they want to run in Central OC, they need to move to Central OC, they need to become part of the community they want to serve.
That is why I am supporting Tom Daly, the man has lived here for almost his entire life and is someone who has given so much to this community. He deserves to represent the community he was raised in. Lorri has done some positive work, but needs to either stay in the Hills, or come and join us here in the flatlands. She needs to act like an everyday resident of the 4th District and not some spoiled Veruca Salt from Anaheim Hills.
SHe also needs to stop spreading misleading rumors about her grudge matches with central OC Democrats like Daly and Lou Correa. We know her reasoning why she endorsed anti-Union candidate Lynn Daucher was full of it. She simply did not get money she wanted from the state and took out her anger on Lou Correa. Alot of her support is coming from interests outside Central OC, as it seems once again, South County and Hills interests are determined to decide what is best for us. We know what’s best for us and it isn’t Lorri Galloway and it definitely is not Shawn Nelson.
So my suggestion, listen to us Central OC denizens for once, and realize we need to elect one of our own to the Board of Supervisors. We need to elect Tom Daly, a man who understands the needs of the blue collar community because he has been here all his life.