The Perata-Chan-Hancock endorsement follies

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.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • 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.

  • Moe

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