I thought I’d do some research and take a look at the extent of Orange County Dream Team’s perplexing efforts to get a co-sponsorship out of Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez. Surprisingly, there was little to find. I did however run across quite-a-bit of not so nice Facebook comments from the fired up activists. Another, perhaps unsettling discovery was the apparentÂ coordinated effort by some OC Bloggers to stoke and rile these fired-up activists against Loretta, in what can only be described as these bloggers using the Dream Team as proxies in their personal vendettas against Loretta Sanchez. For some, the motive was to try to siphon off Latino/Hispanic voters off of Loretta and onto the Ceci “Skeletor” Iglesias (with the intended goal of helping out Van Tran). For others (ie Gustavo Arellano) the purpose remains unclear. Perhaps it lies with bitterness over denied interview requests?
In any case, enjoy skimming over a tiny portion of the many, many comments left about Loretta on her facebook page, her campaign’s facebook page,Â and the Dream Team’s Facebook page made specifically to ‘encourage’ Loretta to co-sponsor the Dream Act. (Interestingly, no such page was created for the other 5 OC Congress members who have yet to announce co-sponsorship or even support. (Apparently it’s pointless because they’re Republicans. The idiocy!)
From supporter leaving nice excuses on her canvassing event page…
To disgruntled supporter leaving this on her main facebook page…
To really agitated activist. I wonder who he wanted to send letters/petitions too? Queen Bee’s Mom? This trend of supporters turning vitriol towards Loretta was pretty common.
This one was left on OC Dream Team’s Anti-Loretta page. This person appears to have connections to upper leadership of the movement.
If 5 people tell 5 people who tell 5 people… 15 people will not care. (she meant if they each tell 5 people… making it 125 people not supporting Loretta, but she forgot that key word (each). Perhaps it was lack of attention to detail thatÂ made Tish lose her Santa Ana City Council run… didn’t Art P support her in that endeavor? Didn’t Loretta?
Here’s a creative one! Left on the Anti-Loretta page. A poem in Spanish…Translates into something about Latino’s today not washing dishes, and then rhymes that with a question prompting Loretta about who cleans her shoes…
Dream Team AgitatorÂ #1 Art Pedroza
This was left on OC Dream Team’s Anti-Loretta FB page.
Just check out OrangeJuiceBlog.com and tell me Art isn’t Ceci’s biggest promoter online…
Dream Team AgitatorÂ Â Â #2 Vern Nelson
This was also left on OC Dream Team’s Anti-Loretta page. Vern commented there many more times than Art… interestingly enough, he felt very comfortable interacting with/talking like the many collage age young people on the site.
Here, Vern’s mentioning and mocking my ‘ridiculous’ assertion that if passage of the Dream Act is the DT’s ultimate goal, they should use their resources to turn No’s into Yes’s instead of Yes’s into Co-Sponsorships. For those that are unfamiliar with co-sponsorships, (which I’m assuming includes most of the Dream Team) they don’t get you “extra votes” it is a purely ceremonial gesture, as only a bill’s primary sponsor signs the bill. You can even sponsor a bill only to vote against it later. Members routinely sponsor bills for their fellow house members when one is ill and can’t make it to the chamber.
Dream Team Agitator Â Â #3 Gustavo Arellano
Gustavo has so many comments about Loretta floating around, everything from accusing her of being a skin color racist/elitist? to calling her petty names... What’s his real deal? He’s shown this accomplished and effective legislator nothing but frothing vitriol.
So… Loretta has the courage to do what Gustavo does not, boycott the UCLA Commencement address, and yet he still feels the need to lash out at her? No character points for you, Gustavo!
Let me reiterate how many comments like this are on facebook, OJ Blog, and on most news stories covering Loretta from DT members and ‘DT Agitators’. This was a tiny snippet, tip of the iceberg of them, I can’t stress that enough.
There will be more on this topic soon.