SD7: What they’re saying about Glazer’s win

My esteemed colleague Matt Artz has full coverage of the 7th State Senate District special election’s denouement, in which Oridna Mayor Steve Glazer defeated Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla by a whopping 9.2 percentage points.

From California Democratic Party Executive Director Shawnda Westly:

“Assemblymember Susan Bonilla ran as a progressive candidate who fought tuition increases for UC and CSU students and delivered balanced budgets.

“Her opponent claimed to be Democrat but ran a cynical campaign to appeal to Republican voters in a low-turnout election. We know that low-turnout elections favor Republicans. When Democratic voters show up and vote, Democrats win.

“We will not back down from races like this in the future, and Democrats will go to bat for our endorsed candidates who put the needs of working and middle class families first.”

From Independent Women’s Voice President & CEO Heather Higgins, whose group spent $8,600 to support Glazer:

“On behalf of Independent Women’s Voice, I want to congratulate Steve Glazer on his resounding victory in Senate District 7. This is a great victory for east San Francisco Bay Area families, who have made it clear that they want to move their state in a new direction.

“Steve Glazer realizes it’s time for change in Sacramento. Voters are ready for political leaders who are willing to hold government accountable, restore fiscal responsibility and stand up to powerful and moneyed interests, including the unreasonable demands of unions. It is crucial that we restore government to promoting accountability and economic freedom. The people of Senate District 7 have paved the way for that positive path forward in California.”

From Jon Youngdahl of the union-funded Working Families Opposing Glazer 2015 Committee, which spent $2.23 million to support Bonilla:

“This low-turnout special election was a special circumstance where a Democratic candidate was able to pander to Republican voters to gain an edge. Our opponent received less than 30 percent of the Democratic vote, which will not be sustainable in future elections in a Democratic-leaning district. His campaign was bankrolled by a record-shattering $5.1 million in spending; $2 million from a Los Angeles developer more and than $1.3 from a PAC funded in part from the tobacco industry plus millions more from corporate education interests that we were unable to match.”

“This election was not about the soul of the Democratic Party. It was a craven political strategy designed by corporate special interests and Republicans to clear the field of credible Republican candidates and then spend records amount of money to keep Democrats away from the polls.”

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.

  • JohnW

    Interesting comments that Glazer received less than 30% of the Democratic vote. I had guesstimated that he might receive about one-third. But how do they know?

  • Willis James

    ” Jon Youngdahl of the union-funded Working Families Opposing Glazer 2015 Committee”

    Some of this guy’s statements are absurd.

    As indicated, how does he know, Glazer got 30% of Democrats ?

    Source please… Method for getting that info, please.

    Second, he, as well as many others buried deep in extreme “progressive” parts of the party, have been living in denial with regards to the new landscape in California. That being “top two”.

    Youngdahl acts like this election was unique in having two Democrats in the final.

    A moderate Democrat will now be able to get into the November elections and gain the middle arena.. made up of moderate Democrats, as well as the huge group of independents, along with Republicans who can either sit it out, or vote for a middle ground candidate.

    Face it, the long time extreme of the Democratic party are now a distinct minority. As long as they stick to their tired agenda, they will find more real competition from moderate Democrats.

    Many of us Democrats were sick and tired of having only one choice in November, that being the candidate who pandered to the extreme progressive elements.

    One of Youngdahl’s most hilarious comments was as follows

    ” then spend records amount of money to keep Democrats away from the polls.”

    Please explain that process, wherein Democrats are kept from voting? Just how do you do that in Contra Costa County? Especially when the other candidate is also a Democrat.
    Sadly it may well be that Youngdahl actually believes what he is saying. Perhaps his way of compensating so he can continue to believe that in a “fair election” those who favor his views would always win.

    Again, this election, wasn’t even close.
    Youngdahl’s ideas were rejected by a wide array of voters. Huge numbers of us no longer vote with a “slate card” mindset.

  • RRSenileColumnist

    If voters were not lazy or stupid or just poorly informed, progressives would dominate government

  • JohnW

    Sacramento is foaming at the mouth over the outcome of this election. How dare we voters express a preference for using resources to make the trains work versus giving away the store in bogus “collective bargaining.” The hacks have their shivs out. The only committee assignment Glazer will get is the Ad Hoc Subcommittee on Capitol Urinal Oversight.

  • GooberDan

    We should change the name of Walnut Creek to De Nile.
    The public employee unions have been drinking their own koolaid and actually believe that its perfectably acceptable for $120,000 a year train door operators to go on strike every 4 years and hold the whole region hostage.
    Their blindness to the facts is good for the people. They lost Michael Allen’s (SEIU organizer) seat in Marin to Marc Levine. Then the CTA’s TIm Sbranti lost to Republican Tim Sbranti!…which showed that moderate democrats are now so pissed off at union control of Sacramento that they will cross party lines and vote for a moderate Republican rather than another union rubber stamp. Now union candidate Susan Bonilla has been thumped by moderate Democrat Steve Glazer.
    I’m hoping the koolaid keeps flowing and the unions remain in denial and we get rid of a few more of them before they wake up. Bob Wieckowski, you are next.