Friday, August 25, 2006

Pandori Gets a Second Chance

David Pandoori must feel like a reality show contestant right now - as if he had been voted off but then put right back in the running after Brandi chose him to compete in the Wildcard round. Although he came in 3rd in the June primary, he will be back in the mayoral race… if the good people at San Jose Inside get their way that is.

Many voters feel dissatisfied with both mayoral candidates, just as they did with both 2004 presidential candidates. Indeed, the language of “the lesser of two evils” and “anybody but (blank)” is all too familiar. So Single Gal, a weekly contributor to, suggested this week that the voters of San Jose elect David Pandori by write-in. It would be a monumental risk for Pandori to actually campaign to be elected via write-in. If he wins, he makes history and garnishes national attention. If he loses, he looks like a sore loser and even worse, a double loser. As Single Gal points out, Pandori is a good guy – he has a solid background in government and good values.

So why should I have to choose between two candidates that I’m not crazy about? In 2004, my values may have aligned more with Ralph Nader’s. But I voted for John Kerry despite the fact that I’ve found dog crap on my shoe with more personality than that guy. I didn’t want to “waste my vote”. Well thank God I put my vote to good use on Kerry. The point is this – voting for someone who is not going to win is not a wasted vote. Maybe if more people had voted for Ralph Nader, the Democratic Party would get the message that they’re losing their base in their attempt to reach out to moderates (i.e. all the lame Democratic senators who voted for the Iraq War). Even if your vote won’t make a difference in the actual outcome of the race, it will make a difference in the sense of mandate that the winner feels and can contribute in the long-run to the evolution of your party’s platform. So don’t let anyone tell you not to vote in the 2008 Presidential election just because California is not a “swing state” and don’t let them tell you not to write-in David Pandori just because he probably won’t win.


At 2:24 PM, Blogger JD said...

I will confess to being one of the people who may have helped put the idea of the write-in candidacy (in general) into Single Gal's mind. My suggestion was Tom Terrific, not Pandori, and strictly in jest.

The trouble with this type of campaign is that were it to be truly carried out, then the person who wins the mayoral runoff will inevitably end up with less than 50% of the popular vote, thus receiving a less-than-stellar mandate from the voting public. The whole point of the runoff is that there would only be two people running. The fun-with-write-in mayoral voting problem can be seen by studying the recent problems that San Diego had in selecting a new mayor.

The silence from Mulcahy, Pandori and Cortese regarding their preference for who should win the runoff has been thunderous. Almost all interested parties (outside the two opposing camps) agree that this is definitely going to be a "hold your nose" type of selection.

At 10:22 AM, Anonymous Steve Y. said...

who cares? vote for pandori!!! cindy and chuck both STINK!

At 4:13 PM, Anonymous Wake Up and Smell the Lies said...

No offense Single Gal and Governator, but there are only two candidates with a chance at winning this election. And only one of those candidates is right for the job. Pandori may be a good guy, but he couldn't win in the primary and he can't win in the runoff. Let's see how Reed holds up now that his guns have been pointed back at him. Maybe the Reed camp should do a "Reality Check" on themselves and let the public know what other skeletons they find in the closet. With all respect Mr. Pandori, Cindy Chavez is the only candidate who can handle San Jose. Let's come to our senses now and vote Chavez for mayor.

At 10:20 PM, Anonymous lovinsj said...

Reed and Pandori are the
"no, no" "can't do" "don't touch" guys. For Mayor we need more than a watchdog and beancounter, we need someone with vision and spirit. That's why I'm casting my vote for Cindy Chavez.

At 11:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really do resent references to the mayoral race as a race between the "lesser of two evils." This garbage thing has been blown way out of proportion.

When the City council approved the lowest bid (Norcal), EVERYONE knew that the contract did not include labor costs. It's just like when you buy airline tickets, you know that your fare does not also include your hotel costs. As between Norcal and the City, labor was simply not an issue. The City rightfully insists upon local labor as opposed to outsourced labor. Norcal did not have the ability to change this.

Neither candidate failed to disclose anything because there was nothing to disclose in the first place.

At 10:51 PM, Anonymous lovinsj said...

Hey, the Merc actually published Reed's testimony from the grand jury acknowledging his close relationship to CWS. He knew more than Cindy did!


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