Is it a mistake or bipartisanship? You decide.
A California Labor Federation mailer touting the attributes of 10th Congressional District candidate John Garamendi — whose slogan is “Proven Democrat” — features a color picture of the lieutenant governor talking with Contra Costa Republican Party activists Arne Simonsen and Kay Power.
Before Republicans start lobbing rocks at Simonsen for allowing the use of his face in a pro-Garamendi piece, no one asked Simonsen’s permission. (As you might imagine, the campaign of GOP candidate David Harmer has already asked.)
Its unclear if the Labor Federation knew the identities of the people in the photo. (I emailed the federation’s spokesman late Friday but haven’t heard back yet.) Simonsen says the photo was taken prior to Antioch’s July 4 parade as folks talked with Garamendi about Delta issues.
Simonsen isn’t raising a fuss about it, though. He thinks it’s funny. Here’s what he said about it via email:
“Funny. George Miller sent out an email when I used a picture of him presenting me with a certificate from Congress for my work with Habitat for Humanity (even though I said nothing about him endorsing me). Your friend Greg Feere (Contra Costa Building Trades director) made him put it out, from what I have been told. And now the California Labor Federation puts out a large 4-page mailer for Garamendi with a side view of me and the back of Republican Kay Power when we were speaking to him about Delta issues before the start of the Antioch 4th of July Parade.
“Hum, I wonder if I should send John the same email George sent me? Naw, I’m bigger than that. And besides, amongst the Democrats, I’d rather see Garamendi become their candidate for the November election.”
The mailer was one of several the California Labor Federation sent to its members recommending 10th District voters choose Garamendi, its endorsed candidate for the 10th District.