Current AUHSD Board Member and candidate for Anaheim City Council Thomas “Hoagy” Holguin is trying to ride to victory by pandering for votes in the emerging Latino community in Anaheim. In fact, a few self-proclaimed “Chicano/Latino” activists like the fraudulent Art Pedroza, are backing him and encouraging others to do so because Holguin is Latino. What they are not telling voters is that Holguin once backed a member of the hateful Minutemen for the AUHSD Board of Education.
Lets flashback to 2007. Then board-member Denise Mansfield-Reinking tragically died of a sudden heart attack leaving a vacancy on the board. Former AUHSD board member and active Minuteman and favorite of Barbara Coe, Harald Martin sought to get back onto the board of Trustees. The fourth place vote getter in the 2006 election, Jordan Brandman also sought the appointment. The third person seeking the appointment was John Alvis, a Centralia School District Board member and a registered Democrat(though not a particularly partisan one). Both Martin and Brandman had their share of friends and enemies among the AUHSD board, in particular Holguin and Brandman had developed an adversarial relationship. Alvis was likely a compromise candidate who would only complete the term to 2010 and retire. You can read past coverage of it HERE, HERE, and even Art’s coverage HEREÂ and HEREÂ where Art rips into “Hoagy.”
Now imagine for a minute that there was a similar scenario now, and someone Brandman did not like was seeking the vacancy and the other two candidates were an anti-semitic activist and a average joe. Common sense says Jordan would go for the average joe in the end, due to his Jewish heritage and would not want to vote for someone who hates him because of his heritage. But not “Hoagy.” Instead “Hoagy” refused to put aside personal politics and provided the third and decisive vote to appoint a man who hates “Hoagy” simply for his heritage. Harald Martin once tried to “bill Mexico” for educating children of Mexican descent in the AUHSD.
The result was a successful recall campaign to overturn the board decision. Nevertheless, Thomas Holguin went along with backing a member of the Minuteman. The hate group Martin proudly belongs to is the same one that has carried out many hate crimes in Arizona, including the murder of 9 year old Brisenia Flores.
Either way, immigrant rights are an issue that matters to me. As the son and husband of immigrants from Mexico, it is an issue that is close to my heart in every way, shape and form. Having been passionate about the issue since Proposition 187 in 1994, I have felt it is an issue that should unite all Latinos and any deviation to the other side of the debate is unforgiveable. Personally I am stunned that many Latinos who I thought felt the same way I do on immigration issues are pushing for Holguin. He went to the dark side in 2007, over the most petty of reasons, and to me he has yet to properly apologize and explain his actions. If it was wrong for Pulido to endorse Lupe Moreno in 2002, it is equally wrong for Holguin to endorse Martin in 2007.
I hope the message gets out to Latino immigrant voters in Anaheim that Thomas “Hoagy” Holguin is NOT their friend and is not one of them. In fact, a close source in Anaheim informed me he likes to refer to himself as a “Spaniard.” Looking at him, it is clear he is of Mestizo background, yet is one of the many folks who try to deny any Amerind heritage. I am proud to embrace mine.
Either way, this man is not the friend of the Latino community and his vote in 2007 shows he would sell immigrants and immigrants rights activistsÂ down the river in a heartbeat. His actions united Latino politicos from the left and the right alike, as you can see from viewing the videos HERE, with testimonials from Lou Correa, Jose Solorio. Alfredo AmezcuaÂ and Alexandria Coronado, a team-up you are likely to never see again. Make your choices wisely this November and do NOT vote for Thomas “Hoagy” Holguin, he is not a friend of the Latino community.