Saturday, July 29, 2006

Welcome to Mayor Watch!

Welcome to Mayor Watch, the blog that makes sense of local politics. The goals of this blog are to a) take a long hard look at city hall and b) keep it real. Now if you haven’t had time to read the newspaper everyday for the past several months to track the San Jose mayoral race, you should know that I don’t blame you and more importantly I’m here for you. I understand why those of you without a burning passion for government skip the local politics section of the newspaper and go straight to Doonesbury. And how can anyone be expected to watch the local news while any one of the 9 CSI spin-offs is on? Hell, I’m surprised you’ve made it this far through this article when there are videos of fat singing kids at CollegeHumor or EbaumsWorld. Nonetheless, you’ve come to the right place. Here’s a quick review of what has gone on thus far in the mayoral election…

In the beginning, there were ten. Five of them raised a sizeable amount of money and received a sizeable amount of votes. The other five are like the points on Whose Line Is It Anyway? or the opinions of pop singers – they just don’t matter. So let’s stick to the ones that do matter. In alphabetical order:

Cindy Chavez was the frontrunner from the beginning and consequently the recipient of gratuitous attacks from all parties. Chavez, a City Councilmember from District Three, received and continues to receive a lot of bad press for her connections with San Jose’s pride and joy, Mayor Ron Gonzales. Their perceived alliance is based on their similar votes in the past, their titles as Vice-Mayor and Mayor and, let’s be honest, their Latino last names.

David Cortese is a Councilmember who was previously a businessman and School Board Member from East Side Union High School District. He was predicted to fare well in the primaries and was surprised to find that he didn’t.

Michael Mulcahy is a businessman and former executive director of Children’s Musical Theater San Jose. In order to curb lobbyism, Mulcahy promised not to accept any campaign contributions from lobbyists. This promise was made easier by the fact that Mulcahy is extremely rich. And I ain’t gonna lie – he was probably the best looking candidate for mayor too.

David Pandori, aside from having a last name that sounds like my favorite Indian food, is also Santa Clara County’s Deputy District Attorney. Most political hopefuls know that people have short attention spans and thus need their messages to be delivered succinctly. Rather than releasing a nice sound-bite however, Pandori wrote a novel. A Better San Jose by David Pandori is the War and Peace of mayoral literature.

Chuck Reed is a lawyer and a District 4 Councilmember who ran on a platform of ethics. I know what you’re thinking: Yeah right, I’ll vote for an ethical lawyer right after I wash my pet unicorn. But this guy is legit. After several years in the Air Force, Reed has a rigid persona that makes Dick Cheney look like Steve-O.

If any one of these candidates had received more than fifty percent of the vote, he or she would have become the mayor and this blog probably would never have been started (a scary alternate universe indeed). That didn’t happen, and thus the story continues. After all was said and done back in June, Chuck Reed came in first place with 28.8% of the votes and Cindy Chavez came in second place with 23.2% of the votes. In November, Chavez and Reed will face-off in what is quickly becoming a heated election.

-Governator Jr

8 Comments:

At 5:28 PM, Anonymous Mike Murphy said...

After watching the Grand Prix, what do you think it's successes and failures will do for the 2 candidates?

 
At 6:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cindy's been getting a lot of unfair bad press...hope the public isn't stupid enough to fall for it.

 
At 6:16 PM, Anonymous Larry Hughes said...

Nice work Arnold.

Are you going to tell us about your upcoming race as well?

I saw Angelides' newest commercial that repeatedly reminded us that "he is not an actor"...

Any comments? :)

 
At 6:38 PM, Anonymous An SJ Insider said...

To anonymous:

What type of "bad press" are you referring to?

(Although, I have to admit: 90% of the people I talk to think that because Cindy is the Vice Mayor, that she ran WITH Ron. I don't exactly believe that the press is out to GET Cindy. But I do think that is a Mercury-created misconception...)

 
At 9:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I dont like the big boy box car racing, but it has brought more money in than any other event, so bring it on!

 
At 2:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the Saturday post, but where's the rest of the excitement?

 
At 4:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To anonymous and sjinsider:

Cindy IS connected to the Mayor. Her push to be selected by the Mayor as the Vice Mayor closely connects her to Ron and his "legacy." Unfortunately for Cindy, the Mayor's legacy is one of sheer incompetence combined with a heavy dose of arrogance. While Cindy is smart enough to avoid the arrogance factor, her competence is a seriously open question.

 
At 3:22 PM, Anonymous D.H.K. said...

Hey anonymous, Cindy was not "selected by the Mayor" to be Vice Mayor... She was selected by the City Council, a body which includes Mr. Reed himself.

(see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cindy_Chavez which reads "In 2005, she was chosen by her colleagues to serve as vice mayor." for reference)

Plus, I'd seriously question how "connected" Cindy is to Ron given that SHE authored the resolution asking Gonzo to resign!

(see http://www.almadentimes.com/062906/mayor.htm which reads "The first motion by Vice Mayor Chavez asked Gonzales to step down.")

Besides, playing the "oooh she's connected to Ron" game is so pathetic. When your entire campaign revolves around a REJECTION of something (and not an agenda to DO something), you know you're in trouble...

I can see his commercials now...

"Chuck Reed...
...a man dedicated to NOT spending money to bring big events to SJ
...a man committed to NOT doing backroom deals
...a man devoted to NOT investing money in parks and other such 'pork'...

Vote Chuck Reed: He's NOT Ron Gonzales!"

 

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