Is Correa Labor’s candidate for CD-46?

Sen. Lou Correa at Capitol Press Conference (File Photo)

Sen. Lou Correa at Capitol Press Conference (File Photo)

The betting money on which CD-46 congressional candidate that would get Labor’s support seemed to be on former State Senator Joe Dunn.  But lately, it’s looking more likely that former State Senator Lou Correa is the choice of Labor.  Correa’s team issued the news release below this morning announcing an endorsement from State Senator Tony Mendoza, who chair’s the State Senate Labor committee.

Meanwhile, Dunn’s website doesn’t list a single endorsement.  Bao Nguyen, a union organizer by trade, also lacks labor endorsements.


Piling up more influential support in his campaign for California’s 46th Congressional District seat, today former State Senator Lou Correa scored a major endorsement from California State Senate Labor Committee Chairman Tony Mendoza.

In announcing his support of Correa’s Congressional bid, State Senator and Labor Committee Chairman Tony Mendoza released the following statement:

“As Chair of the California State Senate Labor Committee, I work on issues that impact working men and women, like protecting workers’ rights, safeguarding their ability to bargain collectively, ensuring they receive a livable wage, and more. These are issues I’m deeply passionate about— and I know Lou Correa is too. In fact, we’ve been staunch allies on labor-related and middle class issues for years in the legislature. That’s why I believe Lou Correa is the best leader to serve as a voice in Congress for the 46th district’s working people. He has my enthusiastic support.”

Chairman Mendoza’s backing follows news earlier this week that former San Diego Central Labor Council leader and Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez also endorsed Correa’s campaign for Congress, as did Congressman Raul Ruiz, MD.

Just last week, former Senator Correa earned crucial endorsements from Congresswoman Norma Torres, California State Senator Ricardo Lara and Congressman Tony Cardenas, who serves as PAC Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus’ fundraising arm, BOLD PAC.

Illustrating his wide-ranging and dynamic list of endorsements, former Senator Correa has raked-in support from the following leaders and organizations:


  • California Small Business Association
  • Building Our Leadership Diversity (BOLD) PAC
  • Elected Leaders 
  • Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chair and Congresswoman Linda Sánchez
  • Congresswoman & former State Assembly Speaker Karen Bass
  • Congressman Juan Vargas
  • Congressman Alan Lowenthal
  • Congressman  Pete Aguilar
  • Congressman Ted Lieu
  • Congressman Tony Cardenas
  • Congresswoman Norma Torres
  • Congressman Raul Ruiz, MD.
  • California’s State Treasurer John Chiang
  • California’s Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson
  • California State Senate President Pro-Tem Kevin de León
  • California Board of Equalization Chair Jerome Horton
  • California Latino Legislative Caucus Chair and State Assemblyman Luis Alejo
  • California State Senator and former Air Force General Richard Roth
  • California State Senator & LGBT trailblazer Mark Leno
  • California State Senator & Labor Committee Chair Tony Mendoza
  • California State Assemblywoman & former San Diego Central Labor Council Leader Lorena Gonzalez
  • Santa Ana City Council Member Michele Martinez
  • Santa Ana Unified School District Board President John Palacio
  • Santa Ana Unified School District Clerk Valerie Amezcua
  • Santa Ana Unified School District Board Member José Alfredo Hernández, J.D.
  • Anaheim Union High School District Board President Annemarie Randle-Trejo
  • Anaheim Union High School District Board Member Al Jabbar
  • Anaheim City School District Board of Education President Bob Gardner
  • Anaheim City School District Board of Education Member Ryan Ruelas
  • Anaheim Police Chief John Welter (Ret.)*
  • City of Garden Grove City Council Member Kris Beard
  • Huntington Beach Unified School District Board Member Bonnie Castrey
  • Los Angeles City Councilman, past State Senator Gil Cedillo
  • Community Leaders
  • South County Labor Chair Ray Cordova*For more information, please visit
  • Correa served in the California State Senate, representing the 34th District, from 2006- 2014 and served the cities of Anaheim, Buena Park, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Santa Ana, Stanton and Westminster. Prior to the Senate, he served on the Orange County Board of Supervisors representing the 1st District. Before his time on the Board, Correa served in the California State Assembly representing the 69th District.

  10 comments for “Is Correa Labor’s candidate for CD-46?

  1. Justin Case
    October 29, 2015 at 10:04 pm

    Your assertion that endorsements for a particular candidate from elected officials that have supported labor causes, or enjoyed labor support, is an indicaton that candidate is likely to be the one to garner unified support from labor unions is mortally flawed.

    You recognize that Mayor Nguyen is a labor organizer, but fail to recognize that retired Senator Dunn was one of the most reliable votes for labor during his time in the senate. Councilman Brandman has received support from some labor groups and opposition from others. Senator Correa has received unified support for his elections because he was running against the enemies of labor. He has never faced other candidates who were also friends of labor in his legislative races.

    Most labor groups have not taken a position on who they will support in the 46th Congressional contest. It isn’t likely that many will make their choice any time soon. They have plenty of time to make their decisions about which of their friends they see worthy of their support. Those decisions are made by each union individually. In a contest that offers multiple friends to chose from, it is more likely than not that their choices will be split.

    To presume that they would make such a decision based upon the endorsements a candidate has received from other elected officials is not only I’ll informed, it borders of delusional.

    • October 30, 2015 at 9:59 am

      and Correa gets another big labor endorsement this morning. Dunn hasn’t voted on anything in years; how many rank and file union members even know who he is?

  2. anton marc
    October 30, 2015 at 8:23 am

    Justin: well written and dead-on.

  3. Yolanda Ramsey
    November 3, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    Joe is EXTREMELY popular in his high propensity voting neighborhood, Floral Park and West Floral Park. But step across Bristol or 17th and he’s the new Lou Correa!

    I think Jose “Lou” Correa learned a valuable and expensive lesson in his disasterous run against Ngyuen: Don’t count on anything, and do EVERYTHING!

  4. November 5, 2015 at 12:57 pm

    No. Joe is labor’s candidate You kidding, with a 98% voting record versus 72%? Joe just doesn’t feel like boasting about all his endorsements this early in the game. Lou has to, to drown out all the noise of Joe’s fundraising.

    Just a little tease for my upcoming Dunn interview. Keep reading the Orange Juice!

  5. Dan Chmielewski
    November 5, 2015 at 6:43 pm

    I met with Joe Tuesday Bern. It was a getting to know you meeting. I showered. Bet you didn’t.

    • November 5, 2015 at 7:02 pm

      You’re saying, what?

      I’m just responding to your dumb article.

      Congratulations on meeting Joe I guess. And showering.

      • November 5, 2015 at 7:51 pm

        Dumb? That’s you

        • November 5, 2015 at 8:04 pm

          Oh. Well, now that you put it that way, I submit to your superior intellect, take my leave, and return shamefacedly and slumped-over to the “Orange Joke.” Keep up the great work!

          • Pinky
            November 6, 2015 at 12:53 pm

            Gustavo calls your blog the Orange Shit. Funniest thing he’s written in years. Does Dunn know about your criminal record? How about Paul’s?

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