Solorio Offers Dual Endorsement in AD-69

State Rep. Jose Solorio was the lead endorsement on fliers distributed to promote Santa Ana Council member Michele Martinez’s campaign fundraiser as she announced her intention to replace him in the State Assembly. And while we have been hearing for some time that OC Clerk Record Tom Daly is going to run for the seat as well, he still hasn’t formally announced.  Since Daly’s wife works for Solorio, political watchers were wondering what would happen when Daly got in the race.

Now we know.  A dual endorsement.

Solorio, on responding to a question posed by Lucy Dunn on his Facebook page, in effect announced he’d also endorse Daly for the job when Daly formally declares. 

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It’s going to be interesting race.  Union rep Julio Perez has an early edge in fundraising, endorsements from across the district, union support and money–but he’s never held office and is untested in a political campaign.  Martinez has the support of the Santa Ana political establishment, but has a dual problem of that she’s been a Santa Ana Council member for the past five years and the city is facing dramatic budget issues that undermine her accomplishments and she’s never been a strong fundraiser; a race for state assembly is much different than running for a city council spot.  Daly, the most experienced and established pol in the race, won’t have trouble raising money but many in the Democratic Party will need to be convinced that Daly is in it to win it.

So the race shapes up like this:  Does Perez and Daly split the Anaheim vote or does Martinez and Perez split the Latino vote?  We expect at least one Republican to get in the race and other candidates from Santa Ana are also considering a run that could further erode Martinez’s base.  The debates for this seat are going to be fun.

  6 comments for “Solorio Offers Dual Endorsement in AD-69

  1. September 26, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    It sounds like Jose, the insurance companies’ and prison guards’ favorite Democrat, really doesn’t want folks voting for Julio.

  2. OC Martini
    September 26, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    Did I miss something or has Daly announced? Last I checked, he hasn’t even opened up a committee. What this really shows is that Jose so lacks confidence in Michele Martinez’s electability that he is offering a dual endorsement to a NON-CANDIDATE. We already know that many others turned down Jose’s pleas to run against Perez for the 69th before Michele jumped into the race at his urging. I wonder how this endorsement of a non-candidate is making her feel?

  3. deeply concerned
    September 27, 2011 at 3:36 am

    Jose is showing his true colors. How could he endorse Daly over Perez? Jose won due to labor support and ironically, Perez ran labor’s independent expenditure that got Jose elected.

    Jose’s values have clearly changed since being elected. Perez would represent the working class families in leaps and bounds better than Martinez and Daly could ever think of. They are both way to self-interested to be effective.

  4. junior
    September 27, 2011 at 11:04 am

    I mean really …. who is going to vote for a councilmember from a bankrupt city?

  5. Michele is unemployed
    September 27, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    Michele can’t hold a job. She is fired from everyplace she works because she is lazy and stupid. She foreclosed o her home in her ward. She only wants the big money the job pays (for her) Let’s not forget she admits she used you peddle drugs and she can’t get an endorsement from outside the city. Calling her Snooki is an insult to Snooki.

  6. Hitlers got a deal for you
    September 27, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    Seriously? Michele Martinez can’t even balance her own checkbook, let alone have an understanding of the 30 to 60 million dollar deficit that the city of Santa Ana is staring down the barrel of. She’s had her home foreclosed on, despite being an alleged “Director” of a childhood anti obesity program. And that guy in Santa Ana City Hall who did all her homework while she “attended” Cal State Fullerton is about to dragged through the mud and lose his job and reputation because Ms Martinez loves the spotlight. Stay tuned folks, it’s going to be a long ugly election.

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