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September 4, 2020

It was the intern

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:04 am

It seems like a couple of the City Council candidates are having real problems with premature endorsement posting. In one case, it wasn’t just premature it was a truly puzzling endorsement which defied logic.

On Wednesday a sharp eyed Twitter fact checker who the Gig Codiga campaign also owes ice cream posted this:

As we all know, Gig Codiga is a Republican who has never felt the need over the last four years, with the creeping authoritarianism of the Republican party’s standard bearer, to make the change to NPP or something else. To put this in perspective, the City Treasurer was a well known Republican and he is not currently a Republican on the voter rolls. The likelihood of an organization like Planned Parenthood to endorse a Republican in this current political environment is tough to believe. In this 2020 cycle alone PP has not given one single cent to ANY Republican candidates.

I suppose that the Gig Codiga campaign can blame this massive oopsie on an intern or similar but these are small campaigns here. Anyone working on this campaign and touching the website must be well within the circle of trust. Gig Codiga absolutely owes an explanation as to why this endorsement ended up on his public website and — had other folks not caught it — why he would have the general public (which his surrogates are actively directing people to) believe that he had the endorsement of a known progressive entity. And he absolutely should own this mistake, City Council campaigns in Alameda are not big enough for the candidate to not have his finger on the pulse of what his campaign is putting out there. If Gig Codiga can’t keep track of what’s going on in his own campaign, how can he be expected to keep track of what balls are being juggled for the City of Alameda?

The other candidate with a problematic start on the endorsement train is candidate Amos White who sent out an email weeks ago touting his endorsements:

His website was soon updated but without some of those endorsements with organizations attributed to them, notably removed are the two members from the West Alameda Business Association, the reference to the Downtown Alameda Business Association, the individual from the Child Unique Montessori, and the affiliation with the Center for Biological Diversity.

Typically you want to make sure that the people you are stating are endorsing you are actually endorsing you. It’s like campaigning 101. Otherwise you get into the super awkward position of people (like me and others) noticing when high profile community members or organizations fall off your list. But again, could be blamed on an intern or people running for a local City Council position should know exactly what’s going on with their campaign at all time, otherwise, how effective will they be once seated on the dais?


  1. So Gig’s a Republican. 4.7 million registered republicans in California

    Senator Rand Paul
    Sep 2
    ”We regard those who do not see the world in the same way as our enemies. This allows us to dehumanize each other.”

    Senator Paul introduced the Justice for Breonna Taylor bill banning no knock warrants…

    Comment by Nowyouknow — September 4, 2020 @ 8:44 am

    • Rand Paul, like his father Ron Paul, considers himself a libertarian Republican, and libertarians generally tends to frown on a police state, particularly police officers who barge into your home without an appropriate warrant in the middle of the night. That’s a might broad brush you’re painting with.

      Rand Paul tends to be a pretty huge hypocrite, so I bet I can find plenty of examples where he wasn’t supportive of progressive or libertarian causes.

      Comment by JRB — September 4, 2020 @ 11:53 am

    • Rand Paul stalled an anti-lynching bill. In 2020. An anti-lynching bill.

      Comment by Lauren Do — September 4, 2020 @ 12:07 pm

    • Looks like your dear leader thinks our war dead are “losers” Yes… dear brave, honorable Trump…

      Comment by john doe — September 8, 2020 @ 2:36 pm

  2. 1. Who gives a fuck about Rand Paul’s bill? Arrest the men who killed Breonna Taylor now.
    2. Lying about endorsements is foolish as fuck

    Comment by GGGG3313 — September 4, 2020 @ 8:59 am

  3. Picking on Amos White because he did not “know exactly what’s going on with [his] campaign at all time [because two endorsements, out of many, dropped off], otherwise, how effective will [he] be once seated on the dais” is probably a glancing blow at most. But if it should land against Amos White, what is one to make, on the question of “know[ing] exactly what’s going on”, of an incumbent candidate who asserts having first heard about the City Charter provision at the heart of the City Manager scandal in 2017-2018 (the $1M+ one), after participating in its violation? (Jenkins Report p. 41; Grand Jury Report). Is one more of a cheap shot, or excellent point, than the other?

    Be it resolved then that going forward, all candidates shall pledge to get their endorsement lists correct and promise to read the City Charter, at least once.

    Comment by MP — September 4, 2020 @ 11:20 am

    • How exhausting must it be for you to shoehorn the grand jury thing into everything?

      People who support Vella and Oddie understand the nuances and intentions involved and know the worst thing that happened was a letter of recommendation (which, on the audio, Keimach said was okay for Oddie to hand in), and people who don’t support them would not have supported them anyway.

      Comment by JRB — September 4, 2020 @ 1:12 pm

      • I can’t tell if you are saying not having read the City Charter and helping put the city in a $1M hole compares favorably to not updating one’s endorsements when it comes to candidates “knowing what is going on”, or not. Is it a wash? Unfair comparison?

        Comment by MP — September 4, 2020 @ 1:22 pm

  4. this whole year has been like living in hell, and now we have the temperatures to go with it. 103 dg. at Webster and Central this afternoon.

    Comment by trumpisnotmypresident — September 6, 2020 @ 3:40 pm

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