It is interesting to see Lorri Galloway supporters lob accusations at Tom Daly and others over whether or not they are good Democrats. Galloway’s supporters seem to be filled with a self-righteous zeal to point out who are good and bad Democrats throughout Orange County. Reading their comments and listening to Lorri herself, one would think she is the best damn Democrat ever to set foot behind the Orange Curtain. Never mind the fact that she committed the greatest sin of any OC Democrat back in 2006. I originally was going to let by gones be by gones and focus on 2010, but witnessing the self-righteous dribbel on who or what constitutes a good Democrat, I just need to speak out on this and bring up Lorri’s past sins.
What bothers me more is some of the people giving Lorri a free pass for her sin of 2006 were the very same people who pilloried three other Democrats, John Hanna, Jerry Patterson and Katrina Foley for also endorsing a Republican in a partisan race. The only difference being that the three endorsed in a race where the Democrat had no shot in heaven or hell of winning while Lorri endorsed a Republican in a race where us Democrats were trying to keep the seat in Democratic hands. This in no way excuses the other three for not supporting the Democrat, I would have preferred for them to have stayed in our corner, despite the odds, but how come they do not get a free pass like Lorri Galloway? Lets explore the sins of each and decide who owes the Democratic Party more penance:
I will start with Katrina Foley, because she is the least guilty of the endorsing sins. In 2006 she endorsed Republican Dianne Harman in the primary, mainly on the fact that Dianne was a pro-choice Republican going against Jim Silva and Mike McGill. Yes there was a Democrat running, although at this point was not running against the Reps. Nevertheless, there was a group of angry Democrats ready to pillory her over this chain of events, despite the fact that she had been the vocal voice against Allan Mansoor’s recent efforts to blame Mexicans for every problem in Costa Mesa. There were calls by some Dems to shout her down or approach her and “tell her off” at a the first ever William Jefferson Clinton Awards and I was even approached to write anti-Katrina Foley posts, which I did not do.
In the end Harman lost, and Silva went on to be the Democrat by 30 points. The race was not even on the radar for the Assembly Dems. Yet one would have thought Katrina Foley’s endorsement of Harman would have ruined any chance for Dems to take the 67th AD. Hey folks, we never had a chance. Sure it would have been nice for her to not endorse Harman, but she did not deserve the treatment she got. Of course it pales in comparison to the treatment of the next two:
Jerry Patterson & Planned Parenthood
I include Planned Parenthood in this because they also took some swipes from people for committing the same “sin” Jerry Patterson did, although they are a non-partisan organization, some of Galloway’s cheerleaders made wild claims that Planned Parenthood was a branch of the Democratic party. News flash folks, THEY AREN’T. So onto the “sin.” In 2005 there was a special election to fill the vacancy in the 48th Congressional District. The two leading Republican candidates were the birther’s number one champion, John Campbell and Marilyn Brewer, who had a pro-choice voting record in the State Assembly and was seen as the more moderate of the two.
Most pundits had conceded that this was safe for a Republican(although there is signs that is now changing) and no Democrats of any notoriety had decided to run. The top Democrat was Steve Young, who had no chance of winning. As a result, Jerry Patterson endorsed Brewer, appeared on mailers to Dem voters in the district essentially touting that she was the lesser of the two evil Republicans. In the end Campbell won big and made it into the general, as did Steve Young. In the general all the progressives, including Patterson and Planned Parenthood backed Young over Campbell despite the odds, but was this good enough for some of the Democratic Party Activist Police, NO.
An entire DPOC Central Committee meeting was dedicated to a resolution to decide what to do about Jerry Patterson’s actions. There were calls to censure him, there were calls to ask him to leave the party, there were even calls to strengthen the resolution to demand all elected Dems endorse ONLY Dems, even in non-partisan races. Some party stalwarts expressed their concern against such a witchhunt. In the end, the resolution got tabled as some of the hardest core of the hardest core would not vote for anything less than a witchhunt. During that meeting, as a Planned Parenthood employee, I even got yelled at, even by some who are now Galloway cheerleaders. One even said they now planned to vote Yes on Prop 73, the first Parental Notification Initiative to fail to spite PPOSBC’s endorsement of Marilyn Brewer.
This would all pale in comparison to the next Democrat and the Central Committee mob that came after him in 2006. In episode 2 we will explore the Hunting of John Hanna!