The only thing certain about a close election is that whether or not anyone has officially decided to seek a recount, the rumors start the moment the election results are certified. As soon as Orange County Registrar of Voters Neal Kelley certified the results of the June 5th Primary Election, I started hearing rumors from a variety of sources that a recount was going to happen in the 69th Assembly race.
We have been unable to get an answer out of the Perez campaign or his supporters at the Orange County Labor Federation as to whether or not there is any truth to the rumors.
Julio Perez missed coming in second, and making it to a runoff against County Clerk Recorder Tom Daly, by 242 votes, 0.8669% of the votes cast, to Republican candidate Jose “Joe” Moreno. What our sources are suggesting is that there is hope that there may be 242 votes in the 1,873 under-vote and over-vote ballots cast.
It seem s like a long shot but, even if a recount were to fail, it would certainly cause a delay in final certification, and cost Daly some campaign cash to defend against the challenge. There is certainly enough bitterness between Perez supporters and Daly supporters to make the possibility of a recount challenge plausible.
I have also heard the rumor that lawyers are looking into whether there are legal grounds to challenge Jose “Joe” Moreno on the basis of ineligibility because of the federal law, the Hatch Act. That federal law prohibits state, county, and municipal workers, whose jobs are funded by federal grants, from seeking partisan elected office. Since Moreno, is a county worker with the Social Services Agency determining eligibility for the federally funded food stamp program, the Hatch Act would seem to apply.
LiberalOC asked the Social Services Agency whether they had sought an opinion from the U. S. Office of Special Counsel regarding the possible violation of the Hatch Act by Moreno, they declined to answer because they “do not comment on personnel issues.” When asked whether the Agency was aware of the Hatch Act, Social Services Agency spokesperson TerryLynn Fisher said; “the Agency is acutely aware of the Hatch Act.”
We’ll probably know for sure in the next several days if there is any truth to the rumors. Until then, I’m guessing that Tom Daly and his supporters will be sweating, at least a little.