State Assemblyman Jose Solorio is at an interesting crossroads in his political career. He’s termed out in the State Assembly and was one of the biggest victims in the expanding Kindee Durkee scandal. And he held court during the formal announcement of Santa Ana Council member Michele Martinez’s intentions to run for his seat in AD-69, even though its widely known she wasn’t his first choice to succeed him in the Assembly.
The big test for Solorio is his annual birthday party/fundraiser in Santa Ana next Thursday night. Its not only a big test for Solorio, but one for the future of the Democratic Party in Orange County. While we don’t agree with every vote the Assemblyman has taken, there’s no doubt he is an effective legislator who represents his constituents and the party well. And even though he’s termed out of the assembly, he is clearly not done with public service. He deserves our support and our money to rebuild his coffers to be in a position to run an effective campaign for his next political office. So comed next Thursday and bring your checkbook.
I was pleased to introduce my daughter to Rep. Solorio last night as we stopped by Chapter One as the Martinez fundraiser was wrapping up. We stopped by for two minutes just to say hello to him and we met State Rep. Richard Hernandez, (and Adam Elmarek from Voice of OC) and we left.
Thursday was one of those rare nights that it was just my daughter and I, so I decided to treat her to dinner. Once she said she had a craving for fried chicken, I knew we were headed to Memphis in the Santorra. With almost everyone associated with Santa Ana politics at Chapter One, I was surprised to see Mayor Pro Tem Claudia Alvarez dining with a small group of people at Memphis.
So much for Martinez having the support of the *entire* Pulido machine.
But one has to wonder, even if Alvarez’s apologies to the Jewish community and others could be construed as sincere, if the comments have made her a political paraiah of sorts. During my interview with Councilman Vince Sarmiento, he mentioned that Alavrez faces a burden in atoning for her statements.
For some, the burden is simply too great.