Sanders wing dealt setback in Calif. special election
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LOS ANGELES A Democratic state assemblyman and a former Los Angeles planning commissioner were running ahead in a wide-open congressional primary here Tuesday, routing several contenders aligned with the Bernie Sanders wing of the Democratic Party.
Though the race for state Attorney General Xavier Becerras former House seat remained undecided early Wednesday, Jimmy Gomez, a state assemblyman backed by establishment Democrats, had secured a spot in the June runoff with 28 percent of the vote, according to the Associated Press.
The election the nations first congressional contest since President Donald Trumps inauguration was once viewed as an early test of the Democratic Partys base ahead of congressional elections in 2018. But in a district that Sanders narrowly carried last year, Arturo Carmona, a deputy in Sanders presidential campaign, and Wendy Carrillo, a progressive activist, were drawing only 5 percent each as of Wednesday morning.
Los Angeles City Councilman Gil Cedillo, who supported Sanders in the presidential primary, said at an election night party for Gomez that Sanders inspired an incredible enthusiasm among progressive Democrats to run for office. But with their lack of organization and vetting of candidates, he said, theres a newness that shows.
Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2017/04/jimmy-gomez-california-june-runoff-236902
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a dirty word.
Gomez is a liberal on the issues:
As to politico framing this as a "setback for the "Sanders wing", is not so subtly trying to put a wedge between Democrats.
For instance, sexism charges were leveled at Carmona which had nothing to do with being part of the "Sanders wing" or part of the "establishment", but could have been a factor:
Probably the biggest part that had NOTHING to do with being part of the "Sanders wing" or part of the "establishment" wing as characterized by Politico, was the fact that 24 people were running in that special election.
I think the characterization of the Politico article as a contest between the "establishment" and the "Sanders Wing", is purely meant to stir things up and attract readers, rather than reflect the political reality, at least as far as this special election is concerned
established.. he has experience.. ya'll others should get some.
Thank for the Jimmy Gomez link, stillone
In my article below it says Gomez was endorsed by Xavier Becerra.. California's first Latino AG.. he's in great company.
California's Attorney General!
Democrats Ahn, Gomez heading to runoff in LA congressional race
"Gomez, a state Assemblyman, was seen as a front-runner who had the backing of much of the state's Democratic establishment, including Becerra and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. Those endorsements, he said, helped show voters his qualifications for the job."
"My message is that what you're seeing here is the emergence of a new progressive Democratic coalition that's based on ideas, that we're going to represent everybody," Gomez said.
That link didn't work for me so I found another article.. Mahalo, stewart
He eventually became my #1 pick to run as VP with Hillary.
then Gov Brown chose him for his AG!
Him winning the general election is the true victory for all.
...but I'd take the whole "Sanders wing of the Democratic Party" thing a lot more seriously if Sanders was actually a Democrat.
Sanders is doing the right thing in trying to get more on the left to run. Movements don't mature in a day in this country.
Duplicate post of this: http://www.democraticunderground.com/10141746229
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