Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Chuck's Heir Apparent

Chuck's victory leaves a vacancy on the Council creating the prospect for yet another special election in San Jose. Rumors are that Chuck has already handpicked his favorite for successor. Chuck's buddy Hon Lien looks like she will throw her name into the hat to represent her district. Here is a little background info on Lien.

One age old lesson of politics is the danger and probability of pendular politics. As far back as Oliver Cromwell, political history has commonly featured stories of leaders who climb to power by defining themselves against an "other" only to become the very thing they opposed initially. I hope for the good of SJ, Mr. Reed does not follow this inertia. Chuck's campaign was built on "taking down the machine" of San Jose politics. Whether or not this depiction of City Hall is accurate is beside the point. But for Chuck to already be handpicking successors smells like the beginning of a new machine being built. I have quite a bit of faith that Chuck won't walk down this road. But my faith in the Chamber of Commerce is considerably more dubious. The Chamber has already heavily backed its former leader Steve Tedesco. The question will be whether it plans to continue to aggressively pursue its political agenda by backing Lien. It will be interesting to see if the Chamber attempts to rebuild its machine that was dominant during the 80's. We'll keep you posted when we learn more...

4 Comments:

At 4:24 PM, Anonymous da wrangler said...

don't know much abt lien. but know that tedesco is a joker. he rides his dad's rep and has done nothing for the city. keep an eye on him. he'll be the ultimate puppet of the chamber!

 
At 6:04 PM, Anonymous Suzanne said...

There will be an election -- Open to anyone who wants to run. No hand picking in this one. Sorry.

 
At 7:30 AM, Blogger SanJoseLady said...

Hon Lien just lost a race for Berryessa School Board, and during that campaign she didn't do much by way of getting out in the district to meet people.

There will be a few other people in that race, and it will be interesting to see how it all plays out.

 
At 11:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

never heard of hon hien but heard she's some rich woman that think she can buy her way into the seat

 

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