Martinez Thanks Voters

Councilwoman Michele Martinez (Photo: Chris Prevatt)

Santa Ana Council member and fourth place finisher in the AD-69 primary Michele Martinez issued the following statement upon the conclusion of her campaign.

The End of The Road! Orange County Unoffical Ballot Count Complete…

After a long, hard-fought and integrity-filled battle, our journey has come to an end.  I am very proud of the efforts that my campaign has put forth as we took on the challenges that we faced daily.  In politics you must always prepared for a little heartbreak – and while it’s unfortunate that we will not be moving on, I have absolutely no regrets. 

When I started this campaign I was determined to run a campaign that was free of the negativity and polarization that we find so often in politics these days and I’m thrilled that we never waivered from that idea.  And while we fell a bit short it was truly an inspiring journey.

I would like to thank my staff, volunteers, and supporters for your dedication and confidence throughout this journey.  I’m honored and humbled by your willingness to spend your energy, time and money to help my cause.  I’m proud to have been able to work with everyone involved and I truly hope that you all come away with the experience that motivates you to stay active in your communities and continue to have a voice.

My love for this community hasn’t wavered and I will continue to serve it to the best of my ability as a member of the Santa Ana City Council.  I will continue to challenge our leaders to make the decisions necessary to make our community a better place to live and I look forward to seeing you all on the front lines with me!

Thank You!

Councilwoman Michele Martinez

Our two cents here. Martinez got a lot of bad advice during this campaign.  She needs more experience and needs to demonstrate a greater understanding of financial issues before seeking a higher office than City Council.  She cannot go before different groups and proclaim “she’ll talk with anyone” and then pick and chose who she’ll speak with.  From discussions with our peers in the OC media community, Martinez needs a better grasp of the concept of “off the record” and how, at times when she asks a question, it appears it’s more of a “she has no idea” question instead of something more rhetorical that a more seasoned politician would ask as a device to communicate a message.  Asking city staff for an explanation of the city’s lower bond rating is a good example of that.

That said, we think Martinez could be an effective member of the city council by turning back to the Michele Martinez of 2006 and 2008 and not the Michele Martinez of 2010.  Sometimes, it’s more important to vote on principal even if you come up short than to go along as a reliable rubber stamp vote.

Our friends at OC Political claim that Martinez was the spoiler for Julio Perez, that she and not Paco Barragan siphoned off enough Latino votes to keep Perez off of the top two spots.  Perez was among the first to jump into the race as far back as June 2011; Martinez made a Facebook announcement in August and formally announced in September 2011.But she wans’t the spoiler.

The reality is the only spoiler in this race for the most Latino assembly district in the state was the Latino voters who didn’t come out to vote.  In some of the more heavily Latino populated wards, some voter behavior wonks told us that turnout was a low as 11 percent.

So when only one of four registered voters actually bothered to vote, Latino voters failed Latino candidates.  It’s that simple.

  18 comments for “Martinez Thanks Voters

  1. jose s.
    June 15, 2012 at 11:16 am

    You still thinkk Martinez could be an effective councilwoman? ! Good grief cheminowski you know as well as I do she’s a pulido hack for life she traded in whatever principles she had to dance with the devil.

    • June 15, 2012 at 12:23 pm

      Re-read what I wrote; if she goes back to being the Michele Martinez of 2006 and 2008, she can be.

    • June 16, 2012 at 3:06 pm

      Pulido’s not the Devil. Minor demon at best.

      As for Michele, given that (whether she knew it or not) her appointed role in the election was simply to siphon off votes from Julio Perez so that this Latino Democratic district would not be able to choose a Latino Democrat, she really only needed to write two words: “Mission Accomplished.”

  2. Julio
    June 15, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    Yes, Latinos did not come out and when they do in November they’ll send corporate “oily” Tom away with his tail between his legs.

    • Aaron
      June 16, 2012 at 10:38 am

      And they are going to do this by voting for the Republican? Of course not. I hope so, but I doubt it. Daly’s voting record won’t be any different than a Republicans in the Assembly and we will be stuck with him for 12 years, we’d get the Republican out in 2014.

      • June 16, 2012 at 3:15 pm

        I don’t think that Dems will vote for Moreno either. But let’s keep our equilibrium here: Daly will have a better voting record on the floor than a Republican would. He will probably have a better voting record in committee both than Republicans AND Solorio, because (1) Daly is not an ambitious, conniving, and duplicitous jerk and (2) Daly has to be watching every day to see if he’s going to piss off his Latino electorate, given that we in the blogosphere are going to be watching him the way a dog watches a hot dog sticking over the edge of the table.

        His term is two years only. We’ll be stuck with him that long — and not necessarily a day longer. He accepted the decisive support of Chevron and Philip Morris without criticism so that the vampire chipmunk sponsoring his candidacy could get his way and keep Julio Perez out of the Assembly.

        No one is going to forget that and not enough people are going to forgive. We’ll see how he does against a Latino candidate in 2014 without a million bucks behind him.

        • June 16, 2012 at 7:33 pm

          So bitter Greg. We have a clear cut race with a Republican (Moreno) against a Democrat (Daly). I would frankly like to see Paco, Martinez and Perez all endorse Daly for the general election and unit behind what the voters determined was the clear choice on primary night.

          • Dan is a Tool
            June 19, 2012 at 9:41 am

            Dan, you are an uninformed Pollyanna. Grow a brain or stop blogging – your posts are an insult to our intelligence, political and native.

            • June 19, 2012 at 1:11 pm

              Thanks for reading; might I suggest a remedial English class or books to improve your reading comprehension. The last part of your sentence makes no sense at all.

    • June 16, 2012 at 3:08 pm

      If you’re Julio Perez, and I’m pretty sure you’re not, you should say so.

      If you’re not, Dam should really scrub this misleading comment.

      • June 16, 2012 at 7:34 pm

        The comment is not misleading. Julio is a common name. And OJ has published a number of comments that are clearly sock puppets pretending to be others. Glass houses and stones counselor.

  3. Leading Candidate
    June 15, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    Emphasis on IF, Jose s. Will she return to the old Michele is a different issue entirely. But don’t hold your breath.

  4. June 16, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    With due respect, Dan, any analysis of how this election turned out that does not begin with the million dollars or so spent specifically to keep Julio out of office is highly suspect.

    Latinos in the district didn’t vote, but Latinos in many districts vote at about as poor a rate and still get Latino representation. The reason is that the Democrats in their areas respect their desire for representation and don’t run conservative white Democrats among them.

    Aside from general respect for a coalition partner, here’s one reason for that: not being that enthralled by Obama and Feinstein, fewer Latinos will now come out to vote in November.

    If any of the good initiatives lose or bad initiatives win by a sliver of the vote, we’ll be able to look to Santa Ana to see one reason why.

    • June 16, 2012 at 7:29 pm

      With due respect Greg, Julio was the beneficiary of abotu $200,000 in IEs and a signficant amount of his fundraising came from union sources. You are complaining that Daly’s piece of the pie is bigger than Julio’s. Its all about GOTV and Daly’s voters got to the polls. I don’t recall a single hit piece of Julio from the Daly IEs, so please point this out if I am wrong. It was largely a clean campaign with very little mud thrown. At the end of the day, Daly got twice as many votes as Julio did.

  5. just asking?
    June 18, 2012 at 9:43 am

    If one stands back and looks at this race without emotion, it was really pretty simple race to call. Well connected politician elected countywide with wide name recognition. Former Mayor of Anaheim, former School Board member of district comprising portions of the district against local councilwoman without much financial support, pretty easy to call. Now pit that same politician against a never elected, 0% name recognition candidate who by all accounts is a really great guy, and had a lot of union support, still easy to call.

    Some of you want to just make this a Latino vote issue, but it is like all races a candidate issue, leave it at that and your comments would be more respected.

    Use the same logic for November, and the outcome is pretty well set and the 69th will remain safe “D”.

  6. June 19, 2012 at 11:42 am


    • June 19, 2012 at 2:52 pm

      DANNY — Hit your ALL CAPS button

    • June 19, 2012 at 6:17 pm

      I actually think the personal finance issues of Martinez and Perez hurt both of them in the race more than anything. Also, their GOTV effort didn’t seem to be targeted in the wards where voters are known for getting to the polls in a primary.
      I was just re-reading Joe Moreno’s press release calling for an investigation of mailers from IEs supporting Daly. Igt’s not clear who he is asking to investigate. There are a ton of grammatical errors and loads of less-than-certain writing.

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