From day one, I had a feeling someone other than Alfredo Amezcua and Mayor Miguel Pulido would throw their hat into the ring for Mayor of Santa Ana despite having virtually no chance. That has happened, with Charles Hart, a resident of the Riverview neighborhood.
He has a website, which you can view HERE. He is caucasian and Republican, in fact his views read straight from the Tea Bagger express. It will be interesting to see which candidate he will hurt more. A white Republican in the race truly is a wild card. Even though Pulido has a lot of popularity in the Floral Park vicinity, he did not fare so well in other areas with a large caucasian population, although Michele Martinez did make strong showings in this area, so did George Collins. This begs the question were they voting for Collins or against Pulido.
Lets see how this plays out, but it is clear Mr. Hart has little chances of winning. The city is over 50% Democrat, with a huge Latino population so having a platform calling for immigrants to be deported is not the smartest plan. It also doesn’t help when there is a growing GLBT population in north Santa Ana and the Artists Village and having a platform that claims marriage should be only for a man and woman. Obvioulsy did not do his homework.
On the other hand Alfredo Amezcua has been unwavering in his support for immigrants rights and is a strong supporter of marriage equality. Miguel Pulido, well he suddenly seems to have found his liberal side but you have to question his past support for Minutewoman Lupe Moreno, who he endorsed for the SAUSD board in 2002 and appointed her for many years to the Library Board and his past support for Rosemarie Avila, who believes AIDS is God’s punishment to gays (and he had the nerve to lecture David Benavides on Monday night, what a hypocrite).
It will be interesting to see how this all plays out. If Miguel Pulido fears this guy will hurt him more, will he cut another deal with a conservative “devil” much like he has with Rosie Avila and Lupe Moreno? Stay tuned.