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September 8, 2021

Do not congratulate

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:08 am

Yesterday Mia Bonta was sworn in as our AD18 Assemblyperson

Since she’s serving out Rob Bonta’s term, this seat will be up for re-election in 2022 which is…you know…not going to be fun if Janani Ramachandran decides to run again and recycles the same shitty campaign she ran this time around. Which includes a very petulant concession tweet which did not include a congratulation to her opponent but instead bemoaned the amount of money raised in the election as though Janani R did not raise similarly large amounts as well:

When people talk about people’s votes being bought and complain about the amount of money being spent on a campaign all I hear is these candidates alluding to the fact that voters are too dumb to understand the nuances between candidates and instead get blinded by all the glossy mailers. I mean, if that’s what you think about potential voters perhaps that’s why they didn’t vote for you?

Also maybe spend less time in Alameda and maybe spend more time in those underrepresented communities that you say you’re passionate about but performed super poorly in?

But anyway, what Mia Bonta’s ascension to the Assembly means for Alameda is that we get to see a new appointment of a School Board member who will fill out the term of Mia Bonta’s seat which is up next year as well. There are some names already being tossed around and I am anxiously waiting to see if any of the folks who were leaders of the parents group from early on in the COVID days who were beating the re-opening drum will run in order to upend mask mandates or something will throw their hat into the ring.

At least in this match up there should be multiple people to root for rather than rooting against.


  1. “Money is the mother’s milk of politics” a December 14, 1962 Time magazine story quoted from Jesse Unruh (1922-1987), then speaker of California’s state assembly. The quotation became much-used in 1963 and is still used as a classic political truism. However, here are some recent elections results where money did not matter: Measure Z, 2020 School Board election of Megan Sweet. To a lesser extent Trish Spencer 2020 City Council election.

    Comment by Mike McMahon — September 8, 2021 @ 10:34 am

    • I’ve always enjoyed Mark Hanna’s take:

      “The two most important things in politics are money and I forget the other one.”

      Comment by dave — September 8, 2021 @ 2:39 pm

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