Donna Acevedo-Nelson received 92% of the vote for the DPOC endorsement for Anaheim’s District 5 city council race at the Party’s August endorsement meeting, largely because she’s the only Democrat on the ballot. She’s also the wife on OrangeJuice Blog publisher Vern Nelson and fellow blogger Greg Diamond spoke of “twisting her arm” at the DPOC meeting to speak on her behalf (I was there; it wasn’t an arm twisting. Diamond just got up, made a gesture towards her and got in line to speak). And she got the endorsement after being left off the nominating committee’s preliminary list.
For a blog that routinely declares Democrats they don’t like as “unelectable,” it’s somewhat curious that Acevedo-Nelson has such unabashed support. But it’s easy to see why.
Donna’s a nice woman. She’s a community activist. I disagree with her contention that Anaheim Police “murdered” her son in 2012; he was killed by police after emerging from a stolen car (Anaheim Police weren’t angels in 2012 but there’s little evidence to suggest Acevedo was executed as Donna insists). And this isn’t a “Don’t Vote for Donna” post at all. I just don’t think Donna would be an effective city council member – and she doesn’t have to be. She’ll get her council packet every week and the Orange Juice blog editors and their surrogates will go through it and tell her exactly how to vote on every issue.
So the vote for Acevedo-Nelson is really a vote for Vern Nelson, Greg Diamond, Cynthia Ward and Brian Chuchua to gain a vote from the dais without the benefit of actually being elected themselves. Donna will be their Puppet, carefully scripted by them every other week, and likely a reliable vote for conservative Mayor Tom Tait, CATER, and a small group of self-anointed “good government” types who are embracing the very sort of influence they say they abhor.
Would Donna truly understand the nuance of union contracts, bonds, financing, and city services? Probably not. And she doesn’t have too at all.
For the OJ blog, who routinely accuses elected officials of being Pringle Puppets and asks “is this the best we can do?,” they have their own puppet and will not only promote her candidacy breathlessly but already appear to position her for seats on various county boards. So when the OJ blog breathlessly criticizes “Pringle Puppets,” just remember it’s perfectly OK for them to have their own.