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October 16, 2020

Swamp thing

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:06 am

Apparently someone’s campaign, no one knows because no one is taking credit for it, but there is a campaign out there which is actively going after Jim Oddie and Malia Vella but not explicitly endorsing any candidate. And this campaign or PAC or whatever they are is using some interesting language to sell their case:

Grand jury report has shown Oddie and Vella misused influence in attempting to influence city manager costing Alameda $ 1 million. Why support unethical council members. Drain the swamp. Spread the word. [emphasis added]

And this strange collage that was posted on social media:

Now where have we heard that phrase before? Hmmmm…


And look, no one even try to justify that “drain the swamp” has been used for decades, the most recent and common connection with “drain the swamp” is the one I posted above.

I mean, if you can’t beat them on a message of what you can do for the people, then I suppose going negative is THE tried and true way of winning votes by default.

I suppose if one of the candidates you want to push is a Republican then that sort of language comes very easily.

Interestingly enough it looks like the ACT/ABA and Green Party strategy of endorsing three people has lost a bit of favor and there is a coalescing around Gig Codiga and Trish Spencer as the candidates of choice. Yesterday the lone sign waver at the Bay Farm bridge had her Gig Codiga and Trish Spencer signs tacked together in a one-two punch of regressive politics and policy.


  1. The beauty of going negative is the targeted “candidate/measure” needs to ignore the material otherwise there is a “Streisand effect”. The Streisand effect is a social phenomenon that occurs when an attempt to hide, remove, or censor information has the unintended consequence of further publicizing that information, often via the Internet.

    It appears there individuals who are becoming keyboard warriors and putting together their own material for publication. It has happen on prior campaigns on both sides of the issue like the Wellness Center. Social media access makes it easy for individuals to become advocates for their own cause.

    Comment by Mike McMahon — October 16, 2020 @ 6:33 am

  2. Since using “drain the swamp” brings up visions of Trump, which in the liberal Bay Area is a known voter turnoff, IMO this is two of our local tricksters – you know, the same ones who posted the photoshopped photo of Trish Spencer with Trump and posted it everywhere they could. Hmmmnn- who could they be Lauren?

    The scary October mailers from the well financed Bonta machine are piling up with scary claims for the scrutiny of Alameda voters. But early voting and mail in ballots take away the effect of this type of what Joe Biden calls “malarkey.”

    And the TV town halls held by the candidates sure were different last night.

    Jimmy Failla
    So if you’re keeping score at home, Trump was asked about Q Anon. Biden was NOT asked about his son’s dealings in Ukraine. No one has undermined the integrity of the press more than the press.

    Whether Republican or Democrat, it is still frightening to see the national clampdown on any negative news about Joe Biden and his Ukrainian influence problem with his crackhead son Hunter. (Kinda reminds me of what Oddie did before the last election in suppressing the Grand Jury tape) But the dam is breaking. Here is the Wall Street Journal saying it’s time for Biden to respond in detail:

    Comment by Nowyouknow — October 16, 2020 @ 7:17 am

    • The Trish-Trump meme was actually quite valid, since Trish Spencer did 1) have an “Alameda First” slogan, which mirrors Trump’s “America First” slogan, 2) Trish Spencer actually did attend Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration after they both won, 3) I think something like 90% of Alameda voted against Donald Trump and we had an ex-mayor exhibiting many of his fine qualities and honoring him, which says a lot about not representing the people who voted for you.

      Comment by Reality — October 16, 2020 @ 9:53 am

      • Haha.

        Nancy Pelosi was there too, along with much of Congress and hundreds of federal officials from both parties. Using your logic, I guess they are implicitly supporting Trump too…

        Sure you don’t know who posted this?

        Comment by Nowyouknow — October 16, 2020 @ 10:29 am

      • If memory serves me right, having attended the Trump inauguration as one mayor among a thousand others in DC because it was the mayors conference, Trish I believe returned from DC intent on helping immigrant communities that Trump would attack. I believe both she and Vella teamed-up together to do something along these lines: you’ll have to look at the end of the February 2017 meeting to confirm this. You should be ashamed of yourself, “Reality”, for deliberately passing along this untruth: that Trish attended the inauguration because she is a Trump fan.

        Comment by anonymous — October 16, 2020 @ 11:05 am

      • Trump doesn’t drink.

        Comment by BC — October 16, 2020 @ 1:04 pm

  3. Quoting Trump for your clean government message is like…..

    Comment by MP — October 16, 2020 @ 7:55 am

  4. Former White House chief of staff tells friends that Trump ‘is the most flawed person’ he’s ever met.

    – can someone point to literary, movie or historical parallels? The John Kelly character might be fun to play.

    Comment by MP — October 16, 2020 @ 2:16 pm

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