Delegate Report from the Statewide Democratic Convention

On the first day of the California Democratic Statewide Convention (one of the oldest standing political parties in the world), the jostling for LG, AG, Governor, Board of Equalization, and Treasurer has begun.

For Lieutenant Governor (LG) we have John Garimindi the current Insurance Commissioner, who is shaking hands and doing the traditional political meet and greet at the bottom of the escalator with arriving delegates. So far Garimindi is the only well-known candidate on the slate for LG.

On the Attorney General side we have Rocky Delgadilo, the current Attorney for the city of Los Angeles. Jerry Brown, the mayor of Oakland, is also in the running, but I have yet to see any of his signs or supporting materials. (UPDATE: the buttons and signs showed up throughout the night).

Board of Equalization is Betty Yee.

On the slate for Treasurer we have State Senator Joe Dunn and Mark Saladino. Joe Dunn (D- Santa Ana) is the ten-ton gorilla in this race as he has the statewide name recognition with his time in the state senate. As for Saladino, he is the current county treasurer for the county of Los Angeles.

Finally for the big show, or the man who will take on Arnold: Bill Lockyer (the current AG), Phil Angelidies, and Steve Wesley have all thrown their hats in the ring.

Enough about those running, the main reason why you attend a convention (besides voting on the party platform) is to attend the parties, mixers, and various events. The best one on Friday was by far Joe Dunn

3 Comments so far

  1. Grant (unregistered) on April 16th, 2005 @ 11:30 pm

    I think the only reason John Garimindi is the only one going for Lt. Gov. is because the only real responsibility that job entails is waking up in the morning and check to see if the Governor is still alive. Well, that and undoing as many laws as possible when the Governor is out of the state, if the are from different parties.

    I’m quite disappointed that Kevin Shelly isn’t running for Governor. I know he had that problem earlier with misappropriations of government funds, but I can look past that. When I was interning in the Lt. Gov.’s office I tried to get Cruz to support the Secretary of State mandating voter verifiable paper audits for voting machines. However, Cruz was not willing to take the unpopular but correct decision to support this very important issue. Luckily, Kevin Shelly went ahead and did the right thing, even though he had almost no support. Ever since then, I have really like Mr. Shelly and I would like to see somebody like him, who will do the unpopular but right thing, move up in office.


  2. Mike Randall (unregistered) on April 17th, 2005 @ 12:46 am

    I hear ya on that one Grant, but the Gooper’s (Republicans) would have a field day on his past problems.

    I’ll try to post a wrap up on the convention tomorrow or monday as I’m two sheets to the wind from the hospitality suites (some of the candidates mistook hopitality suites for political stumping) but I’ll have more in my report when I recover.


  3. Jubal (unregistered) on April 17th, 2005 @ 3:24 pm

    Mike: I hope your recovery is speedy, and thanks for the report.

    As far as Kevin Shelley — come on! Grant, you “can look past” misappropriation of government funds? He funnels large amounts of tax dollars to cronies, who then turn around and donate back to his campaign committees — and you can look past that?

    I would hope not only Republicans would have a “field day on his past problems” but anyone who opposes elected officials stealing tax money. When did misappropriation of tax money become a partisan issue?



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