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AD16: Glazer blasted for appeal to GOP voters

By Josh Richman
Friday, May 23rd, 2014 at 10:39 am in Uncategorized.

A Democratic Assembly candidate’s appeal to Republican voters has drawn a stern rebuke from state GOP Chairman Jim Brulte.

Steve Glazer, an Orinda councilman and former political advisor to Gov. Jerry Brown who now is seeking the 16th Assembly District seat, sent out a mailer recently urging Republicans to “put an effective fiscal conservative in the state Assembly” by voting for him.

The mailer included statements of praise for Glazer from three Republicans who hold local elected offices: Orinda Mayor Sue Severson, Lafayette Mayor Don Tatzin and Moraga Councilman Dave Trotter.

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Glazer Republican mailer

“The California Republican Party believes that a Republican can’t win in our Assembly District,” Severson said in her statement on the mailer. “Don’t throw away your vote. Vote Steve Glazer for Assembly.”

But the California Republican Party has included 16th Assembly District candidate Catharine Baker, a Dublin attorney, in its “Trailblazers” program – a recruitment, training and advisory program for state legislative candidates.

“A pro-tax liberal Democrat like Steve Glazer can try all he wants to deceive Republican voters to vote for him, however, as Chairman of the Republican Party, I speak on behalf of California Republicans,” Brulte said in a statement issued Friday morning. “I can assure you that the CRP, the Alameda Republican Party and the Contra Costa Republican Party are doing everything possible to win the 16th Assembly District. We are confident Republican Catharine Baker will be the top vote-getter in the primary. A Republican will win the 16th Assembly District and Catharine Baker is that Republican.”

The 16th District’s voters are about 40 percent Democrats, 32 percent Republicans and 22 percent nonpartisan. Two other Democrats – Dublin Mayor Tim Sbranti and Danville Mayor Newell Arnerich – are also in the race, and experts believe either Glazer or Sbranti will finish with Baker in the top two in June 3’s primary.

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  • Elwood

    Everyone who gives a **** what Jim Brulte thinks, please signify by jumping through your ***.

  • Patty O’Day

    @Elwood – I care what Jim Brulte thinks because I know he is telling the truth. The CA GOP and the Contra Costa and Alameda GOP have been working very hard on this race because they know that they can win this race with this excellent candidate that we have in Catharine Baker. I have worked on this and many other Republican campaigns in the local area over the years. I go to very many Republican events. Frankly, I have never seen or met Sue Severson, Don Tatzin or Dave Trotter. I wonder how Sue Severson thinks she has her finger on the pulse of what the CA Republican Party thinks, when she never participates.

  • JohnW

    Baker should be able to get enough GOP and “right-leaning” independent votes to make the “top two” and would have a good shot at winning the seat if Sbranti also survives the primary. I voted for Glazer.

  • Elwood

    How’s that working for you?

    How about listing a few Republican elected officials for our edification?

  • Elwood

    If Baker makes the top two I will be appointed one of the top two dancers of the NYC Ballet!

  • JohnW

    I’m not rooting for Baker, but have to admit that the thought of you performing a pirouette is enticing.

  • Marga

    Darn! This makes me want to change my voting recommendation for AD16 from Sbranti to Baker, not quite enough to do it, though.

  • Guest

    Steve Glazer best candidate by far, he will be able to step in right away and perform at high level for the district. Baker and Sbranti will spend years learning the ropes.

  • Patty O’Day

    @Ellwood – Unfortunately not enough Republicans have been elected to State offices. That is why we have so many ridiculous laws going into effect. But I am trying to do something about that. From your past 10,000 rants on this site, I always thought you were a Republican. If that is the case, how about coming out from behind the keyboard and helping out once in a while? I also am looking forward to seeing a picture of you in your tutu when Catharine wins the top 2.

  • JohnW

    Most “Republican” politicians today are RINOs who have highjacked the party with far right agendas. They talk about federalism, but they don’t like state and local government either.

    In some of the recent Congressional primaries around the country, commentators have noted that the “establishment” candidates defeated the Tea Party candidates. Not really. They had to adopt Tea Party positions in order to survive. So, the Tea Party won.

    If there were some real Republicans running for office in California, they could get serious consideration from we who identify as Democrats but who are impatient with fiscal fools and union influence that has sucked the life out of public services.

  • Patty O’Day

    @Elwood – Where do I buy my tickets to see you in your tutu?

  • JohnW

    I want a front row seat.

  • Marga

    I think Political Blotter should video-stream your performance!

  • Elwood

    One two and then jump, one two and then spin, one two and then fall on my ***, ending my career.

    Sorry you missed it!

  • JohnW

    Sorry Glazer didn’t make the cut. That’s what happens when turnout is less than 20% and a motivated and well-organized part of the electorate (labor in this case) gets its people out to vote. Damn! Looks like I’ll have to vote Republican. No way I’m voting for Sbranti. Nice guy. Lots of energy. Good mayor. But he’s the public employee unions’ dream candidate. Wonder what Baker’s chances are in November?