Ong, like Perata, proves too hot to handle

My household yesterday received the latest of many, many mailers from the campaign of Jennifer Ong, an optometrist from Hayward who’s running for the 20th Assembly District seat. But this one was a little different, a little more… substantial…

Ong letterOng potholder
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Thanks, Mrs. Ong. I must say, this gave me a mild case of the warm-and-fuzzies – not because of the charming mother-daughter narrative, and not because I desperately needed a potholder. No, it was nostalgia, as I recalled one of my favorite political keepsakes:

Perata potholder

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.

  • Cindy Corrello Hilke

    Got this yesterday which is weird since I don’t live in the 20th. Unfortunate when consultants can figure out their own clients districts. So okay, I live right across the street but still….

    The letter was either patronizing or nonsensical – weird really and the pot holder was reminiscent of a 1950’s gender stereotype since it came to me and neither my husband or son. Oddest damn thing – and this in an election season where nothing has made sense.

    In the spirit of transparency, my son works for Ong’s leading opponent – he sure as damn hell won’t put anything this stupid in the mail.