There’s a Reason We Call This Silly Season

Every two years we get bombarded with campaign mailers and political speeches from candidates and elected officials we didn’t even remember existed. They tell us who they are and who they want to be for the term in the office they seek. They tell us what to be proud of, but most important, they tell us what to be afraid of.

After twenty-five years in power Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido is finally facing a strong challenger, a popular City Councilman, David Benavides. This  fact has apparently gotten some of his supporters whipped up to the point of harassing his wife at work, and his own campaign touting endorsements he doesn’t officially have. But yesterday, “The Little Prince” Miguel Pulido blew his previously disciplined cool and stepped back in time to the age of Joseph McCarthy to find the real cause of Santa Ana’s problems as a big city.

Apparently, it isn’t crime, graffiti, mismanaged city finances, and endless success fees that top Pulido’s list. No, the biggest threat facing the people of Santa Ana is Communism.

Santa Ana and other elected officials designating Truc Lam Yen Temple the Birthplace of the Vietnamese Community in Orange County (Photo: Chris Prevatt)

Yesterday Mayor Pulido, standing with prominent red-bating Republican elected officials from Westminster, held a press conference to address Vietnamese media about his commitment to fight Communism in Santa Ana. Now you might think that Pulido could have simply reached as few months back in time to his pandering of the Vietnamese community when he made a big show of naming a temple in Santa Ana, the Birthplace of Little Saigon. For Miguel, that just wasn’t enough. He needed a big show, to set himself apart from his closest challenger David Benavides.  I would argue that the biggest difference between between the two is the few feet in height that Benavides has over Pulido—but I digress.

I wrote yesterday about two Republican congressional candidates, Delong and Royce, stoking racist and communist fears in the Asian communities to beef up their support. Their actions can be chalked up—at least in part—to driving their respective base Republican voters to the polls. But highlighting communism in Santa Ana, less than a week before election day, smells like a crime of Pandering in the First Degree.

Sen. Joseph McCarthy

Senator Joseph McCarthy famously said during one of his hearings held to root out communism in the government:

“I have here in my hand a list of two hundred and five people that were known to the Secretary of State as being members of the Communist Party and who nevertheless are still working and shaping the policy of the State Department.” -Senator Joseph McCarthy.

I wonder, who’s on Miguel’s list? I’m guessing that David Benavides tops his list, along with the three other council members who turned on him politically in this election. I wouldn’t be surprised if a few reporters like Adam Elmahrek from Voice of OC, Doug Irving, Andrew Galvin, and Ron Gonzalez from the Orange County Register have made it on to Miguel’s List.

You know a campaign is on the ropes when the candidate reaches deep inside to channel his inner McCarthyism.

  5 comments for “There’s a Reason We Call This Silly Season

  1. art lomeli
    November 2, 2012 at 11:53 am

    Great , Pulido has a press conference to state he will fight communism in Santa Ana . First is communism in the city of Santa Ana a issue I believe the issue is in Vietnam . Secondly , as a American citizen it is a given to defend Democracy…………….why a press conference???? We all defend Democracy.

    Interesting that he goes to the Vietnamese community for their vote while :

    Pulido’s campaign mailers when he first ran for mayor stated that the Mexican immigrants where responsible for all the negatives and the crime in Santa Ana .

    Pulido promised to to go beyond Proposition 187 and work with the SAPD and ICE to remove the troublesome Mexican Immigrants from the City of Santa Ana. I have the mailers if you need them .

    I caution the Vietnamese community that Pulido wants to take advantage of them as voters but really has no different objective for them than that for the Mexican Immigrants of Santa Ana.

  2. Post-Modern
    November 2, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    Miguel and David are both supported and propped up by wealthy property owners, corporatists and professional lobbyist/money launders. There is nothing remotely communistic about either group. They are both tools of consolidated wealth.

    • Rosary
      November 4, 2012 at 4:56 pm

      Yeah. Vote for George Collins ,instead!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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