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October 27, 2016

Songs for the tone deaf

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:07 am

I have to say that the funniest campaign literature so far has been the one about Tony Daysog taking his own words and using them against him.  Add to that the most puzzling photo of him that looks like it was taken on his ubiquitous laptop and you have one of the more entertaining pieces of campaign collateral to hit our mailboxes.

Here’s the address side:


And the other side.


As a reminder this is a mailer sent out by an Independent Expenditure committee which means that it was not commissioned by a specific candidate nor is there any coordination or permission required by that candidate(s) in order to use their name and/or likeness.

I realize that Tony Daysog thought he was super clever with the Hillary Clinton joke, but the “feeling more Republican” thing feels uniquely Tony Daysog. Tony Daysog who has apparently found his niche being contrarian or attempting to be provocative in the worst way.  And is it really surprising that it would be Tony Daysog who currently feels the greatest affinity for a political party which currently resembles a huge dumpster file rather than the political party he has been a part of and sought endorsement and support from for the majority of his political career?

The move from being a Democrat to a Republican is an interesting shift given that years ago when asked why Tony Daysog cared so much about a specific Bay Farm resident’s opinion on issues such as bus shelters and non Bay Farm specific issues, he pulled up a campaign contribution website listing how much money this resident had given to Democratic candidates over the years.

The second funniest piece of campaign literature was the unintentionally hilarious ad for Jennifer Roloff in the Alameda Sun which bore a very striking resemblance to a much mocked selfie taken by Speaker of the House Paul Ryan:

Steven Tavares picked up on this thread and ran with it and his post on the subject includes more Jennifer Roloff White Knighting in his comments section as well.  The excuses being made by one of Jennifer Roloff’s trusted advisers as to why the group wasn’t more reflective of the diversity of Alameda were pretty weak as well.

From that piece:

Readers of the Alameda Sun last week were greeted by a similarly telling photo. This time, an newspaper advertisement for Alameda City Council candidate Jennifer Roloff featuring dozens of her supporters, but save for possibly one person, entirely older, white Alamedans. The half-page ad includes the tagline, “Progress+Preservation.”

The ironic part of the the ad was that it read “Jennifer Roloff for Alameda City Council listens to us, not special interests.”  The fact that the faces in the crowd are almost entirely homogenous and that those are the people that are being “listened” to is entirely tone deaf.  Only a campaign that is so insular in nature would think that the photo and the tagline would be a positive hook.  Unless the hook was to speak to a certain segment of Alameda and alienate others then: Mission Accomplished!



  1. 3 for 4. Bases loaded.

    Comment by MP — October 27, 2016 @ 7:25 am

  2. From the comments: “…people of pallor.” I’m dying.

    Comment by BMac — October 27, 2016 @ 8:16 am

    • Baaaaaaahahahahahah! people of pallor!

      Comment by Gabrielle "Gaby" Dolphin — October 31, 2016 @ 11:59 am

  3. Unrelated to this post, but– there’s a “Yes on L1” ad at the bottom of it. Blech. But when I refreshed, it was ModCloth, so I’ve recovered from the shock…

    Comment by Kristen — October 27, 2016 @ 8:18 am

  4. So sorry that this group “Alamedans United” chose to attack Daysog for his quirky sense of humor, which I have always enjoyed.

    Comment by Kevis Brownson — October 27, 2016 @ 6:00 pm

  5. So if a bunch of white skinned humans get together to support someone for an elected position, you consider that’s
    fait accomplis to satisfy your racist instincts. What a sad commentary.

    Comment by jack — October 27, 2016 @ 6:26 pm

    • A sad commentary on white-skinned humans. No?

      Comment by Gerard L. — October 27, 2016 @ 8:49 pm

  6. Just wanted to add that I appreciate the Queens of the Stone Age reference in today’s headline.

    Comment by trow125 — October 27, 2016 @ 6:58 pm

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