So now we come to the infamous race for the 34th Senate District in 2006, when the Republicans tried tooth and nail to try and take back Central Orange County. Of course when one rival party is trying to retake the area, one common tactic in any attempt to “retake the hill” is to divide and conquer the enemy, which would be us Democrats. It is basic politics, and that is precisely what they did when they recruited Lorri Galloway to lead the Democrats for Daucher.
I have said it before and I will say it again, the reason I am bringing this all upÂ because of the attitude displayed by Lorri Galloway and a lot of her supporters. Some of those supporters were guilty in wanting to nail John Hanna to the wall for doing the same thing Lorri did, endorse a Republican in a partisan race, the difference being in this race, it was us Democrats who were playing defense trying to hold on to the 34th SD after Joe Dunn was termed out. The attitude they now display is one where they are pointing fingers and deciding who are good Democrats and who are bad Democrats. This is one of their main talking points when they attack Tom Daly, that he has not been a good Democrat and cite his endorsements of some right wing Republicans who have run for non-partisan office, particularly Bob Hernandez. I wish Daly had not endorsed Hernandez, although didn’t he end up joining Ms. Galloway in opposing Disney on the housing issue? To make it clear, I would not have mentioned Galloway’s “sin” in 2006 if not for the attitude they displayed trying to be the judge of who is worthy to be a good Democrat. If they are going to judge the man who helped mastermind the retaking of Jerry Patterson’s old Congressional District from Bob “Shut up F_g” Dornan as a bad Democrat we need to call out the fact that had Lorri succeeded in costing Correa the race, the Republicans would have had the momentum to go after Loretta and, god forbid Jose Solorio and the possibility could have been very real that we would have gone back to what happened in 1986 when the Democrats had NOTHING in all of Orange County.
To understand, you must go back to 1982 when Ed Royce narrowly defeated Frank Barbaro for the 32nd Senate District(which was the precursor to the 34th). The predecessor was a Democrat, and the Democrats had control of Central Orange County prior to this race. A snowball effect happened as Patterson went on to lose to Dornan and then Dan Griset failed to hold the 72nd(now the 69th) in 1986. We would begin to recover only four years later when Tom Umberg defeated Curt Pringle, but we never truly recovered until the elections of 1996 and 1998 with the elections of Loretta Sanchez, Lou Correa and Joe Dunn. Tom Daly was instrumental in recruiting two of the three to run and although he did not go around bragging, he does deserve credit for the Democrats fighting back from Republican control.
In 2006, the Republicans tried to make a comeback in Central OC when Joe Dunn was termed out. They resorted to some very unsavory methods to do so. Anyone remember the voter switching that went on. It went on for a year and half and only when it got out of control and the signature gatherers got caught did they stop this method of switching voters without their consent. Then in the general election, they Republicans ran a campaign of fear, having Van Tran and his cronies going on Vietnamese radio making claims that Correa winning the election would cause a “Mexican takeover.” They sent dozens of mailers that bashed the GLBT community, hitting him on the few gay rights votes he did make. But did this matter to Lorri Galloway, NOPE. Despite speaking so passionately for gay rights and supporting GLBT issues, she excused Lynn Daucher’s assault on that community. Despite expressing support for Latino immigrantsÂ rights, she excused Lynn Daucher’s assault and fear mongering on that community and endorsed her. Lorri claimed in an impassioned letter that her reasoning for endorsing Daucher was due to Correa’s refusal to help a girl named Samantha who was starved to death by her parents. It was an impassioned plea by Lorri, which turned into a political mailer attacking Correa.
Problem was some other people were getting a completely different story from Lorri Galloway. Some people were told that her endorsement of Daucher was due to Correa’s “squishiness” on the social issues of gay rights and women’s right to choose. Yes, it is true Correa had a history in the Assembly of abstaining from many gay rights votes and was publicly for Parental Notification, both of which irked many of us Democrats. Daucher and Correa had an equal rating by Planned Parenthood, but Daucher had an outright anti-gay rights voting record so how does it makes sense to go for her. That is like saying I am going to support the anti-semitic candidate because the other one isn’t pro-Israel enough.
So we will never know the true reason why she did this betrayal, but I will give people food for thought. Before Galloway stood up against Disney in 2007(which I commend her for), she was very close with Curt Pringle. He helped get her elected in 2004 and the two were a solid voting bloc. That’s right, she was close with Mr. Poll Guards himself. As much as he has tried to be a consensus builder in Anaheim, his loyalty is ultimately to the GOP. One has to wonder, was there a back door deal struck in 2004 for his endorsement? Did he call in the favor to be the Dem who would throw us under the bus? He did do a lot for Lorri in 2004. He cleared the field for her when a Latina Democrat considered running for Council. Someone was able to convince Schroeder and the GOP machine to not go after her in 2004, even though they were not too happy with having a second Democrat on the Anaheim City Council(Richard Chavez was the Dem). Pringle did enough whereÂ Galloway owed him BIG.Â Obviously this is just a theory, but one last detail. If her issues were with Lou Correa as a person, there was a viable Democrat to support in the primary, Tom Umberg. Why did she not endorse him if she had such a grudge match with Correa. Many questions remain.
In closing, I would like to bring up once again the potential consequences. Of the four “sinners”, (Foley, Patterson, Hanna & Galloway), who had the potential to do the most damage in the long term to Democrats, Galloway. Lets face it, she had an effect on the final result, probably helping Daucher gain at least one percentage point, which caused a real nailbiter. Imagine if it had put Daucher over the top. Imagine if it was Lorri that gave the GOP their staging ground to retake all Central OC. In fact, throughout election night, the GOP thought they had won and Daucher and Schroeder went onstage and loudly proclaimed “LORETTA YOUR NEXT!” LORETTA SANCHEZÂ IS ANDÂ HASÂ ALWAYS BEEN THEIR PRIMARY TARGET, the 34th was just to establish a beachhead for the assault.Â Galloway’s actions could have led to the destruction of all the gains Democrats had made in the last decade and even take her out of the equation of running for higher office in Central OC. That’s right Galloway fans, she nearly screwed herself in trying to get “revenge”on Correa.
Speaking with a couple of people who I personally see as Democratic Party Sages, they gave me an interesting aspect. A Daucher victory would have motivated the Republicans to take on Loretta, their number one most hated target.Â It also would have provided the Republicans financial resources to set up an organized Republican voter registration drive in central Orange County and an organized absentee ballot and GOTV effort in 2010 in Daucher’s district, which might have had a spill over impact on the Loretta/Tran race. It would have taken years for Democrats to recover.
So point is, lets get on with the race, lets talk about the issues facing the 4th Supervisorial District. But my message to the Galloway camp, cut the nonsence of trying to judge Daly and others as bad Democrats. Stop pointing the finger at folks acting like she and you are the deciders of who are bad and good Democrats in Orange County. Stop calling people a “cancer” on the Democratic party because they may be ragging on your candidate. Because for every finger Lorri points, three are pointing back at her. Yes the other three Dems are guilty of “sin”, as is Tom Daly, as are many elected Democrats in Orange County, yet somehow the Galloway camp thinks they somehow have the right to cast the first stone and then that camp gets mad when the receiving end picks up the stones the throws them back.
My advice, focus on the real issues. Stop judging who are good and bad Democrats.Â Lorri has “sinned”, asÂ has Daly, as have many others.Â But the others aren’t going around pointing fingers. It is time to stop. Â So now we are done, lets get back to the issues.