An Aide of Opponent Scott Peters Attempts to Disrupt Kick-Off Event
By Nadin Abbott / February 18, 2012
Lori Saldaña officially launched her primary run for the June 5th election, for Congressional District 52. She is running against Scott Peters on the Democratic Party Primary. During the event Saldaña highlighted her achievements in Sacramento during her six years in the Legislature.
During the event a young man with her opponent Scott Peters’ Campaign tried to disrupt it. His efforts to mar the kick-off event was prevented by volunteers.
During Saldana’s six years she worked on clean water, which is not a “partisan issue.” It is also not a partisan issue to work on clean sea food, in a city that relies on sea food. During those years she worked with Rick Rudy, a commercial fisherman, on these issues. Mr. Rudy is a commercial lobsterman, and a registered Republican.
Saldaña also emphasized the fight for the middle class and labor, and how wages have stalled over the last thirty years. As she pointed out, a master carpenter wages start at around twenty-five dollars, where they were thirty years ago. Another issue that matters to the grass roots are college loans, and access to college.
Among the speakers was former City Council Member and Mayoral Candidate Donna Frye. She emphasized that indeed clean water is a non partisan issue and reminded the audience of about one hundred that Congressman Brian Bilbray ran so many years ago on clean water, and as a surfer. His first act in Congress was to defund the Clean Water Act as part of the Contract with America, which she called the Contract on America.
The audience was also told of the strategic use of the non-endorsement vote during the Democratic convention to prevent Saldaña from getting the Party Endorsement. Ms. Saldaña lost this endorsement by one vote, meaning neither candidate can use Democratic Party volunteers to walk precincts, this becomes a grassroots campaign. Mrs Saldaña are ready for this fight.
Mitchell Sterling, an attendee the event said: “Lori is somebody who stands for the people, ” and that it is time we have people in Congress that care for the needs of the people and not corporations.
As mentioned, a young man with the Scott Peters’ Campaign did try to disrupt the event but was blocked from taking photos by volunteers. As we were told these are common tactics employed by campaigns. This is part of the gutter level politics that unfortunately cares more to do this than face the issues. Suffice it to say this is not exclusive to one campaign, but instead is a problem that now ails the political system.
Frank Saldaña, Lori’s father and a career Marine was at the event as well. He is very proud of his four daughters, and Lori is the only one that still lives in San Diego. As he put it, Lori has always been very competitive.”
This primary will be interesting since Californians passed Proposition 14 last electoral cycle. Only the top two candidates will advance to the General election regardless of party affiliation. Potentially we may see two democrats or two republicans face off in the General Election in multiple districts.