So a few days ago (like ten or so) Vice Mayor Rob Bonta, who is just happening to run for the State Assembly, received a pretty huge endorsement by winning the Democratic Party endorsement, which you get by having a bunch of delegates vote for you, with 63% of the vote. He put out a press release about it here. Shortly after receiving the Democratic Party endorsement, he got the endorsement from Sandre Swanson, who will term out as Alameda’s Assemblymember.
Here’s the funny thing though, before the caucus to vote for the endorsement for this Assembly District, someone decided to put up a petition on Change.org regarding Rob Bonta and a possible endorsement from the Democratic establishment:
As you notice, it asks the “Chairman and Executive Committee” to stop the endorsement of Rob Bonta. Apparently not understanding how the endorsement process actually works and that it would be unseemly if one person (or even an executive committee of people) decided to hand over an endorsement to someone else because 16 people on a on-line petition said that they should.
The funny thing is that the goal was only to get 100 signatures and in 30 days the organizers (which includes Leland Traiman who is still deciding whether he wants to run for City Council, School Board, and the Hospital Board, perhaps he’ll end up trying for all three). In the 30 days since it went up they only managed to get 16 signatures (Denise Lai signed twice) and I couldn’t figure out if “Not-Joel Young” was ironic or not.
I enjoyed the tossing in of the “Citizens United” as though it’s some knee jerk bogeyman for progressives. I guess you can just add this to the other petition that pretty much went no where.
In other election-y news, the California Nurses Association has endorsed Rob Bonta in the Assembly, but haven’t un-endorsed Abel Guillen either. So it looks like the CNA is hedging their bets by endorsing both candidates.