The Beaties

The polls are closed, so it’s time to hand out awards awards for this year’s Fremont elections. Check back later tonight for live updates.

OK, here we go:

Most Over-Played Story — Wasserman campaign recruiting interns on school premises.

It may have violated the ed code, but did it offend anyone’s sensibilities? Still, it ran on the front page of the Mercury News’ Valley Section and in almost every East Bay paper. FYI, this afternoon I saw two high school-aged looking girls shaking giant Wasserman signs at the corner of Blacow and Stevenson. They deserve a good recommendation.

Candidate with the angriest supporters — Trisha Tahmasbi
The odds favored Charles Bartlett with his merry band of minutemen and John Birch Society members, but they proved remarkably thick-skinned. A few of Trisha’s supporters, on the other hand, gave new meaning to the term “issues voter.” They kept finding Sue Chan fans in the same places the Birchers used to find communists: underneath the covers, in the closets, even at the local newspaper. They would have fit in perfectly at a Sarah Palin rally.

Dumbest remark — Matt Artz
I need to learn to keep my “revelations” to myself. A month or two back I wrote that the loser of the Tahmasbi/Chan battle would likely be appointed to the council if/when Bob Wieckowski succeeds his buddy in the state Assembly. On second thought, forget I ever wrote that. Very doubtful. Who could have guessed back in August that Bill Marshak wouldn’t win in this category? That’s why they play the games.

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Most Amusing Exchange Between Council Candidates — Larry Montgomery and Charles Bartlett on this blog.
When Charles Bartlett came out for making Sunday holy again, Montgomery wrote that he had the right idea, but the wrong day:

Please note that Saturday is the day of the true Sabbath of the LORD. When JESUS was on this planet he worshiped on that day and he never said change the day of rest from Saturday to Sunday after I am killed. The commandment is quite clear “Remember the Sabbath Day” not any other. Please contact me to discuss this issue. I am a true Sabbath keeper and I will not confuse Sunday with that day.

To which, Bartlett replied:

I respect your piety on this matter. We do agree that the Sabbath is to be kept Holy…Though we disagree on Church histriography…

Quoting the WCF 1645
Of Religious Worship and the Sabbath-day.
VII. As it is of the law of nature, that, in general, a due proportion of time be set apart for the worship of God; so, in his Word, by a positive, moral, and perpetual commandment, binding all men in all ages, he hath particularly appointed one day in seven for a Sabbath, to be kept holy unto him: which, from the beginning of the world to the resurrection of Christ, was the last day of the week; and, from the resurrection of Christ, was changed into the first day of the week, which in Scripture is called the Lord’s Day, and is to be continued to the end of the world as the Christian Sabbath.

Best Effort to Swiftboat a Candidate — Washington Hospital Board and CEO
They tried their hardest to link Ravi Johal with the the other challenger in the race, Evelyn Li and her movie, “Life for Sale.” There was no link. Still not sure why the didn’t focus more on the fact that Johal has no hospital/health care experience.

Biggest Unintentional Lie — The Argus
We told candidates that there would be no endorsements in the paper this year, and then, little did we know, someone in the company prints endorsements for mayor, council and Ohlone College in Sunday’s paper. Oops.

Most Over-Hyped Sugardaddy — John Dutra
Alright, when Mr. D really loves a candidate, his relatives and business associates make it a big passion/power play. But all that love still pencils out to less than $6,000, which isn’t really that much, at least for the mayoral and council races. Factor in that he has little clout with the public employee unions who go door-to-door for candidates or with the Democratic Party, which sends out mailers for its candidates, and a king-maker Dutra is not.

Most Under-Hyped Sugardaddy — Vantec
The Fremont technology company donated several thousand dollars to the Wasserman campaign.

Best Political Mailer — Friends of Washington Hospital
The lone hit piece this election season was the best. The flier attacking Washington Hospital Board candidates Evelyn Li and Ravi Johal was well-executed and on some Clintonian level completely factual. Although saying that Johal specialized in defending sex offenders and drug addicts misrepresented the full scope of his practice, and linking him to the minutemen through a college internship in the state Assembly was quite a stretch.

Best Debate Performance — Linda Susoev
Shamefully, I only watched one debate, but Susoev owned it. With eight participants, the candidates weren’t allowed to answer every question for the sake of time. But, Susoev somehow managed to answer just about every one, and at one point she rattled off the name of every all the top San Francisco Giants of the late 60s and early 70s.

Most reasonable sounding idea by a political outsider — Larry Montgomery
Several insiders said Montgomery’s proposal of a convention center within the A’s development wouldn’t be so bad.

Least reasonable sounding idea by a political outside — Charles Bartlett
He wanted to do away with pornography.

Biggest fundraising surprise — Steve Cho
The ubiquitous one some joined Wasserman in the six figure total contribution club.

Candidate I most wish I had met — Paul Reeder
He’s Fremont’s “Joe the Plumber,” but he abandoned his mayoral campaign shortly after filing.

Candidate I wish I hadn’t met — Bob Brunton
Click here for a rehash.

Entity with Most at Stake — A’s Nation, pop. 43. If Morrison wins, that project is in some trouble, If somehow Morrison and Bacon win, it’s in up to its grandstands in poop. If Morrison, Bacon and Stirling somehow win, they might not be allowed to build a stadium in the Western Hemisphere.

Person with Least at Stake — me
I’m still in Berkeley Although, if Wieckowski somehow lost, I’d probably get home from council meetings about 10 minutes earlier.

Matt Artz


  1. RE: Angriest supporters

    I’m sure those gosh-darned police, firefighters, labor unions would be glad to know that you think they’re as extreme as the supporters at Palin rallies!

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