It may be a coincidence, but I doubt it. Sometime between January 29th and Monday, February 13th, the listing of endorsements on Michele Martinez’s Assembly campaign website disappeared.
On Monday, Miguel Pulido sent out an invitation for people to attend a February 23rd fundraiser for Michele Martinez at the home of Councilman Vincent Sarmiento. The invitation sent out by Pulido was virtually identical to the one Sarmiento had sent out previously, with one major difference. Councilman Sal Tinajero’s name had disappeared from the list of hosts for the event. Two days later, we learned that Tinajero had endorsed Julio Perez calling him the “best candidate” in the race.
This leads me to wonder, who else has jumped ship?
If anyone finds the list of people who still endorse Martinez in her quest for a seat in the State Assembly, please give us a heads up. We want to check it against the old list she had on her website to see who else has dropped off her list of supporters. For reference purposes, here’s the old list. Feel free to compare for yourself if we ever locate her “revised” list.
Assemblymember, Luis Alejo
Assemblymember, Nora Campos
Assemblymember, Ben Hueso
Assemblymember, Roger Hernandez
Assemblymember, Ricardo Lara
Assemblymember, Henry Perea
Assemblymember, Jose Solorio
Assemblymember, Norma Torres
Ret. Senator, Martha Escuita
Ret. Assemblymember, Cindy Montanez
Santa Ana, Mayor Miguel Pulido
Santa Ana, Councilmember David Benavides
Santa Ana, Councilmember Sal Tinajero
Santa Ana, Councilmember Vince Sarmiento
Garden Grove, Councilmember Dina Nguyen
Garden Grove, Former Councilmember Rosen
Brea, Councilmember Ron Garcia
Lake Forest, Councilmember Kathryn McCullough
San Juan Capistrano, Councilmember Laura Freese
Azusa, Councilmember Angel Carrillo
Azusa School District, Board Member Xilonin Cruz- Gonzalez
Bell, Councilmember Nestor Valencia
Bell Gardens, Councilmember Sergio Infanzon
Cudahy, Mayor Josue Barrios
Duarte, Councilmember Phillip Reyes
El Monte, Councilmember Joseph Gonzalez
Hawthorne School District , Board Member John Vargas
Hawthorne, Mayor Protem Alex Vargas
Montebello School District, Board Member Gerri Guzman
Southgate, Councilmember Jorge Morales
Ontario, Councilmember Alan Wapner
Santa Ana, Planning Commissioner Eric Adelrete
Santa Ana, Planning Commissioner Patrick Correa
Santa Ana, Planning Commissioner Sean Mill
Santa Ana, Housing and Redevelopment Commissioner Lynnette Verino
Santa Ana, Housing and Redevelopment Commissioner Monica Garcia
Santa Ana, Parks and Recreation Commissioner Ken Nguyen
Santa Ana, Parks and Recreation Commissioner Max Madrid
Santa Ana, Youth Chair Commissioner Jonathan Espinoza
Santa Ana, Environmental and Transportation Commissioner Don Cribb
Santa Ana, Environmental and Transportation Commissioner Kim Olson
As you can see, most of the endorsements Michele Martinez had listed on her website are from outside of Orange County and outside the district. Her endorsement from Assemblyman Jose Solorio is a dual endorsement she shares with Clerk-Recorder Tom Daly. She has no organizational endorsements other than HOPE PAC. It appears that HOPE PAC may be related to Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE). The organization is based in Los Angeles and works to provide a critical voice to Latinas to develop their personal growth, prosperity, and political clout. HOPE produces conferences and programs that champion the spirit of Latinas.
Martinez needs a serious infusion of home-grown Orange County support. Maybe she took down the list until she can get more local endorsements.