Never launch a new product in August or so the saying goes, but just when you thought the Anaheim Mayor’s race couldn’t stranger, it does. Daniel Lamb, an Orange Juice blogger and a lawyer, has launched a Quixotic campaign for Anaheim mayor with a new website/blog urging Anaheim voters to write him in for Mayor. You can see the site here.
The campaign strikes us as odd at best and a desperate cry for attention at worst. Lamb was a one time progressive and Lorri Galloway supporter who has since switched gears and gone to the far right. In blog posts and comments, he alludes to professional woes and money issues, and why he didn’t pull papers and jump in last week is a mystery (unless the filing fee was daunting). But even his hero Tom Tait has somehow fallen out of favor with Mr. Lamb which comes as a surprise. And by doing so, he’s lost the support of Cynthia Ward and CATER.
One of Mr. Lamb’s complaints is a lack of media attention, so we hope to oblige him here. But write-in candidates rarely if ever win as do candidates perceived by voters as being barely old enough to shave. Lamb’s web page appeal for votes features a tank-top T-shirt selfie that makes it appear a top priority for his administration would be keggers every Friday night.
From his page, Lamb writes:
By and large, democracy has been fixed and subdued by what has come to be the ‘tricks of the trade’ through which political consultants mislead voters and destroy potential candidates (and even potential, potential candidates).
I do not speak of a conspiracy; rather, I see the lesser angels of our nature flourishing unchecked. Through theatrics and intimidation, those in power fix the names on the ballot presented to voters. By manipulating the ballot, they essentially deny voters any choice. Knowing or suspecting this, the politicians learn to take public opinion with a grain of salt. Seeing their concerns largely ignored by officials despite campaign promises, the citizenry withdrawals and democratic participation plummets.
I have seen this play out in Anaheim for years, and it is only getting worse at City Hall. Previous Councilwoman Lorri Galloway pretended to oppose previous Mayor Pringle (the almighty scapegoat), and it appears Mayor Tom Tait, my one-time hero, is doing the very same. With the theatrics, the personalities of Tait and Galloway prevent the emergence of any genuine opposition because these well-known public figures naturally have command over fundraising and media. Whatever the show, station or channel, however, the public policy remains unchanged, inconsistent with the will of voters, and skewed towards elite interests in labor and big business. If this is not illegal, it should be as it is patently opposed to the spirt of our laws and traditions.
The second component to my argument, intimidation, is elusive. After-all, uncertainty and doubt are fundamental to intimidation. It is easy for one to put another person in a state of fear without revealing one’s identity. As such, the target is not just intimidated, but is also prevented from defending himself or reaching-out for help. Not knowing who to trust leads to isolation. And scared confused hermits just don’t make attractive candidates. This can be done by the government, the incumbent, or his/her political consultant/s. It is not the cop on the beat, obviously. But it does not matter, it is intentional infliction of emotional distress with the intent of keeping a person out of public life and off the ballot; it is political violence, and it should be punished accordingly.
I can not participate in such a system because it is immoral and unsustainable. If current trends continue, it is only a matter of time before our political class shares the fate of the Romanov’s in Russia and the Ancien Régime in France. For this reason, and because I despise violent revolution, I also can not remain a bystander. I have seen elections up close in California, Nevada and England and Anaheim is not normal; it has been made into a civic wasteland. Therefore, I choose to resist what I know is the evil of subtle despotism. If we act now, we can revive our democracy and avoid a great calamity.
And to think we thought Denis Fitzgerald was the Cra-Cra candidate for Mayor. I wouldn’t say “Anaheim is not normal” but as it applies to certain write in candidates and others on the ballot for city council and mayor, “not normal” applies.