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The Perata-Chan-Hancock endorsement follies

By Josh Richman
Sunday, June 1st, 2008 at 8:38 pm in California State Senate, Don Perata, Elections, General, Loni Hancock, Wilma Chan.

Here’s one of the latest mailers sent out by former Assemblywoman Wilma Chan, D-Alameda, who’s running against current Assemblywoman Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley, in the Democratic primary for the 9th State Senate District seat from which state Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata, D-Oakland, is term-limited out later this year (click to enlarge):



A ringing endorsement at the eleventh hour? Or a re-dual-endorsement?

Perata just a few weeks ago sent Hancock a letter praising her as “far and away the best person for the job.” Perata’s political consultant confirmed that letter’s authenticity.

So, Perata on Chan: “That’s why I support Wilma Chan… I hope you’ll give her your vote…”

And, Perata on Hancock: “(F)ar and away the best person for the job.”

Which is it? Too bad Perata can’t seem to make a choice. I’ve been writing about this for weeks, and it makes no sense to me. So, go make your own choice: Compare Chan’s and Hancock’s records and policy stances, and base your vote on that, not on slick mailers bearing endorsements that really don’t amount to much of anything at all.

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  • Mr. Ron

    This whole things sounds very Don Perata. Remember when he backed Lily Hu for Council, then showed up to walk precincts for Russo, her opponent the week before the election? Remember when he was managing Keith Carson’s campaign for the State Senate while at the same time promising to back Carson’s opponent Dione Aroner — and then The Don got into the Senate race himself, and won? No wonder people are cynical.

  • Suffering in Oakland

    In this letter to Oakland voters, Perata plays down more police. At the same time, he is sending more than $100,000 to back a candidate for Oakland city council with mailers about the need for more police, although his candidate (his former chief of staff Kerry Hamill) has no coherent public safety program at all.

    Remember Perata’s empty scheme of having Californians vote on the Iraq war? For Perata, every issue is a slogan, nothing more.

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  • Moe

    Wilma is hands down a better candidate and better leader for the state.