Santa Ana Mayoral challenger David Benavides announced his endorsement today by California’s Lt. Governor, Gavin Newsom. “Despite being the second highest-ranking office in California, the Lieutenant Governor has no real responsibility or power to represent the governor on issues such as trade negotiations or a legislative agenda (i.e. in contrast to its powerful counterpart in Texas), so the job has been jokingly defined by political insiders as “get up, read the paper, see if the governor is dead, if not, go back to sleep,” according to Wikipedia.
Contrast Benavides’ underwhelming Newsom endorsement with the powerful endorsement that Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido picked up today, while he was attending the Orange County Forum luncheon. The speaker was U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, one of the most influential lawmakers in the United States. The audience was packed with hundreds of CEO’s and other business and civic leaders. They sat in rapt attention today as Senator Feinstein announced her support and endorsement of Mayor Pulido. Continue reading