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September 25, 2018

All look the same

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:05 am

Your periodic reminder that most groups that make political endorsements actually publish the questionnaire responses from candidates in order to allow their members and the general public to understand why they decided to make the endorsements that they did.

It’s only in Alameda where groups holding themselves out to be for good government hide the responses to either (a) shield the candidate from mockery or (b) not have to justify their endorsements with any real information.

The Asian Pacific American Democratic Caucus of Alameda County has announced its upcoming endorsement meeting and has made public the questionnaires for the Alameda Mayor’s Race and the City Council.  Please note: Alamedan of Pacific Island heritage Tony Daysog did not turn in a response to secure the endorsement.

I decided to pull out one answer, this was a gimme answer.  One that could be easily squared away with Google and fair to middling reading comprehension.  The question?  Please identify the three largest APA ethnicities in your district.

All of the City Council candidates who actually turned in answers got the answer right.  Yay, Google and reading comprehension for the win.

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However, the Mayoral candidates did not fare so well.  Quick, if you had to guess which one it is, who would you guess?

You know who you’re thinking of.

And you’re right.

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I mean. How are you an elected official who doesn’t know that a Census is performed every ten years?  And how deep into Google did you have to journey in order to get to as your reference of choice?  And why didn’t you just go to the Census website which is dead easy to use?  And how little do you actually care about this group of people that you don’t even bother to run the answers by someone Asian to make sure that there may be something off about your answers?

This is immediately disqualifying for the endorsement right?  It has to be.


  1. Does this mean I’ll get mail from “Alamedans United” or like group telling me that Tony Daysog “Doesn’t Support [the API Community]”?

    Comment by MP — September 25, 2018 @ 6:44 am

    • Does he? Just because one is API doesn’t mean you actually support the API community. There are a lot of negative things about Stewart Chen but one critique you cannot level at him is that he doesn’t support the API community.

      Comment by Lauren Do — September 25, 2018 @ 7:18 am

      • Even if it is not true that Mr. Daysog “Doesn’t Support Seniors” (or insert other group) probably won’t stop a group (maybe one funded in very large part by real estate developers), such as “Alamedans United”, from spending lots of money to disparage him with those words. It happened in the last election.

        Comment by MP — September 25, 2018 @ 8:00 am

        • When it happens then we can discuss whether or not the contention is true. Otherwise this is just an academic exercise attempting to pre-emptively shield Tony Daysog from any critiques.

          Comment by Lauren Do — September 25, 2018 @ 8:13 am

        • OK. I doubt it will be a long wait.

          Comment by MP — September 25, 2018 @ 8:36 am

    • I’m hoping for more comparing him to Trump!

      Comment by Rod — September 25, 2018 @ 8:59 am

  2. Travel in any one or all of those Asian countries (I have) and you’ll find that in general the Filipinos hate the Vietnamese, Chinese, Japanese and could care less about the Koreans. The Chinese know that they rule the Pacific Asian world and all the other countries in that area will soon be vassal states. The Vietnamese are changing their language to the Chinese Cantonese dialect so we know where they stand.

    I suspect that each of their individual Asian country hereditarian beliefs carry over for a couple generations wherever they resettle.

    Comment by Jack — September 25, 2018 @ 8:15 am

    • Except Mandarin is the official language of China so…

      Comment by Lauren Do — September 25, 2018 @ 8:25 am

      • So Cantonese is the common language in southern China and the dialect the Vietnamese are moving towards. Mandarin is spoken by the Chinese who live in Bayport China.

        Comment by Jack — September 25, 2018 @ 5:54 pm

    • Generalizing is generally not a good idea.

      Comment by MP — September 25, 2018 @ 8:34 am

    • Way to show off your ignorance by use of stereotypes and generalizations. Traveling to “any one or all of those Asian countries” for a couple weeks does not suddenly make you an expert in geopolitics.

      I don’t even know how any of this relates to the original post.

      Comment by JRB — September 25, 2018 @ 10:29 am

    • I suspect you visited these countries as a sex tourist.

      Comment by Rod — September 25, 2018 @ 12:02 pm

      • I spent four years in Southeast Asia in Navy in the sixties which included Japan along with the others I mentioned.

        Comment by Jack — September 25, 2018 @ 5:30 pm

        • Ahhh, so sex AND violence tourism!

          Comment by Rod — September 26, 2018 @ 9:39 am

      • I’d wager I’ve spent more time in Southeast Asia than any person on this blog.

        Comment by Jack — September 25, 2018 @ 7:29 pm

      • Or anyone running for office in this City.

        Comment by Jack — September 25, 2018 @ 7:31 pm

        • doing what?

          Comment by JohnP.TrumpisnotmyPresident. — September 26, 2018 @ 11:21 am

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