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February 18, 2014

Born to run

Filed under: Alameda, Alameda Neighbors, Election — Lauren Do @ 6:08 am

File this one under strange Alameda political information, according to Josh Richmond at the Contra Costa Times, Alameda’s very own Tony Daysog is considering a run for the U.S. Congress.  Naturally one would think that an Alamedan would go after a congressional seat in the district that he lives in, but not Tony Daysog, he’s looking toward the district in which the incumbent has announced retirement, from the blog post:

Daysog, 48, of Alameda, said in an email Friday afternoon that he had just taken out papers to file for candidacy, and is exploring the possibility of a run.

“In the days leading up to the March 7th filing deadline, I will talk with Contra Costa County residents of the 11th Congressional [District] to gauge responses to an out-of-district person such as myself running for this important office,” he wrote.

I mean, really, could the politicians in this town just get any stranger?  I suppose I could understand if Tony Daysog wanted to reach for the stars and run for Congress but in his own district, but to essentially own up to wanting to be a carpetbagger in a race where the incumbent has already anointed someone just seems really odd.

Plus, it’s not as though he has a huge amazing record to run on from his history as a City Councilmember that he can point to the voters of Contra Costa County (which makes up the bulk of the 11th District) to say that he would be a superior candidate.   I mean, I guess he could collect some votes from people who want to be anti-establishment, but it seems like a lot of work — moving, campaigning, etc — for a few protest votes.   To be perfectly frank, Tony Daysog’s record of running for offices outside of Alameda proper have not been that successful and that’s in Alameda County where he should have more name recognition than in an entirely different county.  I’m not sure how a change of venue would make him any more of a desirable candidate.



  1. George Miller served 20 terms! Maybe some big money whispered in Daysog’s ear, and maybe there is a growing Asian voter base in that CC District…and since when do you have to “do anything” to get elected?

    Comment by commonsense — February 18, 2014 @ 6:23 am

  2. Even if you’re trying to reach the growing Asian base in Contra Costa County I don’t think “Tony Daysog” is the first Asian American elected official that springs to mind to battle it out for a congressional seat.

    Comment by Lauren Do — February 18, 2014 @ 8:38 am

  3. it is hard not to say something cruel here, but really? delusions of grandeur? leave it at this, we’ve seen Miller’s in action and Tony you sir are no George Miller. In this hugely dysfunctional congress Miller will really, really be missed. but maybe Tony would find lots of company Tweating to his base from the floor of Congress in session.

    Comment by MI — February 18, 2014 @ 8:52 am

  4. Well, he does have that whole social media thing going for him. Listing out his lunch purchases at Target was actually a clever move to associate himself with the suburban mall voting block.

    Comment by notadave — February 18, 2014 @ 8:54 am

  5. He’ll have Stewart Chen’s unwavering support.

    Comment by dave — February 18, 2014 @ 10:44 am

  6. On that other web site Tony came out in support for Stewart Chen and Chen. If he is seriously thinking about running for Congress he should be distancing himself Chen.

    Comment by Joe — February 18, 2014 @ 11:49 am

  7. D & D: Delusional and distracted.

    Comment by Basel — February 19, 2014 @ 10:07 am

  8. Wonder why in the Philippines the Filipinos hate the Japanese because they slaughtered hundreds of thousands of their fellow citizens during the 1940’s, consider the Chinese colonial leeches, and have nothing good to say about the Vietnamese. Yet they’re all brothers here.

    Wonder why in Vietnam the Vietnamese hate the Chinese and have been fighting them ever since the Qin Dynasty, hate the Japanese long before but especially since the WWII invasion, have been squabbling with the Cambodians since the French colonialists left Phnom Penn and consider the Filipinos non-Asian Spanish Colonial mongrels. Yet they’re all brothers here.

    Wonder why in China the Chinese hate the Koreans because of their reliance on US military and economic support, consider both the Filipinos and the Vietnamese far beneath them and as interlopers in all the waters and territory of South Asia from Okinawa to the Spratly Islands. Hate the Japanese because of the tens of millions fellow Chinese citizens slaughtered by the Japanese during WW2. Hate the Cambodians since Saloth Sar (Pol Pot) and his Khmer Rouge sucked up to the Soviet Union teat for support during and after the devastating post Vietnam/US war. Yet they’re all brothers here.

    Comment by Jack R — February 23, 2014 @ 11:04 am

  9. Perhaps because in the U.S., Asians, regardless of ethnic extraction, have very similar experiences since a lot of people tend to not be so concerned with understanding the cultural differences between Filipinos, Chinese, Koreans, Japanese, Vietnamese, Cambodian, Hmong, and so on and so forth.

    Or perhaps because some of us are native born Americans and therefore don’t identify with decades old skirmishes from countries that we feel no real connection to and instead the common experience that we share as Asians in America are what connect us.

    But, if we use your brotherhood analysis, wonder why those of Irish decent don’t hate the English the way that the Irish do in Ireland. And I wonder why those of Polish decent in the US don’t hate Germans. In fact, why don’t most U.S. Europeans decedents hate people with German backgrounds? And those with French backgrounds, I mean, there still should be some resentment still remaining from middle age battles with the English, no? Etc. and so forth.

    Comment by Lauren Do — February 24, 2014 @ 7:31 am

  10. “…instead the common experience that we share as Asians in America are what connect us.”
    And this “common experience” is meeting some jerk white progressive guy on the jogging trail.

    Comment by Jack R — February 24, 2014 @ 9:40 am

  11. If I had a dollar every time someone asked me where I was from I would have about a hundred dollars. If I had another dollar for every time someone asked me where I was from and after exhausting all the Asian countries they knew and then throwing up their hands and saying, “then where ARE you from.” I would also have another hundred bucks. If I had a dollar for every time someone wasn’t satisfied with me saying that I was born in Missouri, another hundred bucks.

    But the “common experience” we share is the (1) lumping as one monolithic “Asian” race, (2) being held up as the “model minority” as an example to other people of color despite the fact that there are challenges for folks with southeast Asian backgrounds, as opposed to say those that are ethnically Chinese or Japanese, (3) assumptions that our loyalties should lie with our ethnicity as opposed to our nationality, etc.

    Comment by Lauren Do — February 24, 2014 @ 9:56 am

  12. And who does the “lumping”, “model”(ing), “assumptions”(ing)? Other Asians?

    Comment by Jack R — February 24, 2014 @ 10:04 am

  13. Myth of the model minority origins

    Good basic introduction on Asian identity in America

    Amazingly I’ve never had a person of color ask me where I was born or where I was from. That one singular question is loaded with subtext about racial loyalties and foreign-ness/non American-ness of simply being Asian.

    Comment by Lauren Do — February 24, 2014 @ 10:19 am

  14. What’s a ‘person of color’? Have you ever seen person who isn’t some shade of some color? I suppose a person of non-color is an albino? Is an Ainu a person of color? Or is the term merely racial profiling?

    Comment by Jack R — February 24, 2014 @ 12:29 pm

  15. Person of color I prefer it to the term “minority.”

    Comment by Lauren Do — February 24, 2014 @ 12:31 pm

  16. I don’t really look like my dad who is Spanish and Mexican…he has darker skin, I have pink skin…probably from my mom…who was Irish. Back when the US Gov had quotas they asked my dad who worked for the Government to state he was a minority. He told them I am not a minority. Just because people look a certain way some people judge you. So many people judge you for not who you are but what they perceive you to be. My nephew is married to an Asian women…but their kids have like 10 different races mixed in them. They are growing up in Hawaii, so I assume a lot of people think they are part Hawaiian which they are not. I hate forms which ask your race because so many of us are mixed. We may look one way but be something else.

    Comment by Joe — February 24, 2014 @ 1:50 pm

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