Sun. Nov 27th, 2022

Frank Barbaro, the Chairman of the Democratic Party of Orange County, had a fit today because independent Congressional candidate Cecilia Iglesias got caught in a picture with Meg Whitman, the Republican candidate for Governor, over at the O.C. Register.

Hard to blame Iglesias.  I can’t stand Whitman, but the California Democrats failed to recruit ANY Latinos for statewide office – and the best they could do for Governor was to nominate a retread who is doing a poor job of reaching out to Latinos, while Whitman is pandering non-stop to Latino voters.

Barbaro sent out an email statement: “Voting records show that Ceci walks like a Republican, talks like a Republican and votes as a Republican.  While she may have ‘changed’ her party registration to Decline to State in 2009 so that she could qualify for the charade of running in the 47th Congressional District in 2010, she requested GOP ballots for elections in 2008 and 2006. I think she needs to explain why she is so embarrassed about being a Republican.”

Fair enough, but why isn’t Barbaro saying anything about John Leos, the Republican candidate for the Anaheim City Council who is actually a shill for the Orange County Employees Association?  Leos has the support of a bunch of Democrats – even though there are two good Democrats in that race – Bill Dalati and John Santoianni.  C’mon Barbaro – why are you sticking up for Sanchez but not for Dalati and Santoianni?

Sanchez now says she never endorsed this immigrant basher

What about the Orange City Council candidate Robert Louis Douglas, who Barbaro and the DPOC endorsed this year even though the guy is an immigrant basher?  Click here to read all about that.

And where was Barbaro’s ire in 2008, when the turncoat Liberal OC bloggers crawled in bed with Red County editor Matt Cunningham and GOP consultant Mike Schroeder, as well as the OCEA, and a bunch of Van Tran’s acolytes, to attack my campaign for the Santa Ana City Council – when I was running against Republican Carlos Bustamante?  Boy did that blow up in their face – Bustamante won and now he is hosting fundraisers for Van Tran, the Republican opponent to Sanchez!

And of course Barbaro said nothing when Lib OC favorite David Benavides got caught and exposed this week at the OC Weekly, trying to split the vote in Ward 6, to help Republican Thomas Gordon to take out Democrat incumbent Sal Tinajero.  Fortunately Gordon failed to get enough signatures to qualify for the ballot.

Barbaro was also silent when we exposed Benavides working with a bunch of Republicans and Minutemen, including Gordon, when the latter took over the Santa Ana Independence Day event this year.  One of Lupe Moreno’s henchmen even called our residents wetbacks!  The silence from Barbaro was deafening.

It’s easy for Barbaro to pick on Iglesias.  He even let the stalkers at the Liberal OC post her home address, even though she is a single mother!  But is any of this really her fault?

Sanchez has spent years kissing up to her Viet constituents, but she has ignored the Latino community.  Sanchez dresses up in Viet clothing and prances around the Tet Parade every year, but I cannot recall the last time I saw her at Santa Ana’s Fiestas Patrias Parade.  And why did it take so damn long for Sanchez to support the Dream Act?  Iglesias has always supported the Dream Teamers, even as Barbaro’s pals at the Liberal OC have ripped them at every opportunity!

Sanchez has also not been very vocal about opposing the Bush wars in Iraq and Afghanistan either.

Now Sanchez and Barbaro are freaking out about Iglesias.  Well, you folks did this to yourselves.  You want to blame someone?  Look in the mirror.  You took your base for granted.  Come November 2, you just might pay for it.

By Editor

The New Santa Ana blog has been covering news, events and politics in Santa Ana since 2009.

5 thoughts on “Barbaro bullies Cecilia Iglesias, but Sanchez and the DPOC have only themselves to blame”
  1. Good points, Art. You know, I’ve never been a Republican, always an independent or “Decline to State,” or sometimes Libertarian Party, in registration. But in 2008 I was a Republican so I could vote for the great Ron Paul. When he lost, I went back to being Decline to State. Barbaro doesn’t get it that people are fed up with the two-headed Republican Establishment duopoly, in which Bush and Obama, Gray Davis and Arnold, Meg and Jerry, are virtually the same.

    So, whatever Iglesias is or does, she can’t be as bad as the Republican-Democratic (or should it be Democratic-Republican?) axis that dominates the existing, failed, rotten System.

  2. What I hear about Cecilia Iglesias is that she wants to represent all the citizens of District 47; this includes Democrats, Republicans, Decline of State, etc. As a voter of this district, I will vote for someone who will bring true representation to our community, regardless if they are Democrat, Republican or Decline of State. But, the more and more I read on Cecilia Iglesias, I like what she has to offer.

    I am a Latino and I also do not like Meg Whitman, but lets face it, she is the best out of the 2 evil. Yes, I agree with you Art, “Why didn’t the Democrats select a better candidate?” Brown is not reaching out to the Latino voters and I am sure he has his own hidden agenda.

    Cecilia has a picture with her Lou Correa in her web address (; isn’t Lou a Democrat? So if Ceci is taking pictures with candidates of the 2 largest parties, shouldn’t she be commended for this? I like her stand on wanting to be the bridge that will link the community together regardless of their party.

    Also, I am so disgusted with Loretta and her Hypocrisy. She was interviewed by Univision and she is stating that the Vietnamese and the Republicans are seeking her sit. Now, she is putting the “Vietnamese Community” down? What a HYPOCRIT! Look at the link below:

    Loretta is also saying for us the Latinos to vote for her because she is a Latina. Now, isn’t she playing the race card a little too much? Shouldn’t she be saying, “I am going to represent all nationalities equally?”

    My message to all is “VOTE FOR CECILIA IGLESIAS” as she will be the best representative for all citizens in District 47.

  3. Many of us have been strong supporters of US Rep Sanchez…but somehow it seems that lately US Rep has been taking many voters for granted.

    US Rep Sanchez sounded very pessimistic and was blaming President Obama as pointed out by Jorque Ramos, from Univision.

    US Rep Sanchez also said several things that sounded very incredible:

    1) She said, “Este distrito siempre ha sido REPUBLICANO si uno ve realmente como viene el voto. Este año es muy dificil para los demócratas con el presidente Obama, toda la gente esta enojada.”

    “This district HAS ALWAYS BEEN REPUBLICAN, if you really see how the vote takes place. This year is very difficult for democrats with President Obama….everyone is very upset.”

    What does she mean it has always been Republican? I thought she was a Democrat, running as a Democrat and winning as a Democrat. Very odd statement.

    Does this mean she thinks the 47th Congressional District is NOT a Democrat district and that is why she may have been taken the Democratic vote for granted?

    2) DREAM ACT & Immigration Reform . . . She said that Democrats should Vote for her, and for Democrats because otherwise there will be NO immigration reform in 10 or 20 years.

    Jorge Ramos challenged her on this assertion that it seemed like another PROMISE AFTER PROMISE…he challenged her by saying that if the Democrats have ALREADY controlled the Senate and the House, the House did NOT even bring up Immigration Reform up for a vote.

    And it was only recently this summer after many years that US Rep Sanchez FINALLY co-sponsored the DREAM Act, after being pressured to do so. So if the Democrats could not even support or bring up for a vote the DREAM Act that would include military service for those earning legal status, Why would we expect her and the Democrats to do so again…Seems that the Democrats have been taking the Democratic Vote for granted….

    I SAY SHOW US that they can bring up the measure UP for a VOTE BEFORE the ELECTION…and we will then reward them with our vote….because immigration reform is in fact in the best interest of the country…

    It seems this is the only way they earn our vote, by being pressured and showing us results…and then we can also move on to the larger issues that the country faces . . .

    otherwise, if they don’t US Rep Sanchez and other Democrats will not have anyone else to blame but themselves for Democrats and some Republicans voting for Ceci Iglesias – Independent Candidate.

  4. I don’t know why any of this matters? Who cares who she voted for? You should only care about the candidates and what they stands for! Rather than focusing on who she has pictures with, why not find out who she is and what she supports. If you had done that with Sanchez, she probably wouldn’t have been elected in the first place! I have known Ceci for years! She is an honest and caring human being. Unlike Sanchez, she has LIVED and volunteered in the district she wants to represent! If the so called “news-media” would stop trying to protect their cash-cow Loretta Sanchez, then maybe the people would actually find out just who is running in this election. I will tell you one thing, they have every right to fear Cecilia Iglesias! Considering she was able to gather 11,000 signatures with little or no funding or media attention… they better hope people don’t continue to learn what a great person she is! If not, election night will be a stunner! Vote for Ceci!

  5. The Republicans are so funny, when the economy is good you say let’s all celebrate “Cinco de Mayo, my brothers” but when the economy is down “it’s all your fault, you damn immigrant”. When most Americans (with Latin America roots) go to the polls this November we will remember that the GOP has gone on a nationwide rant in proposing and passing several anti-immigration legislation (that our US Courts continue to strike down) and have continue to blame the immigrant for the flat economy or worse. We will remember who stands with us and who stands against us, so trying to stop it now is somewhat funny, but go ahead, you will not change our minds. Plus the more radical of the GOP are now attacking our Constitution and our Bill of Rights, in a misguided attempt to garner some much needed votes, they really are fools, and leading the GOP towards obscurity because they are no longer a party of ideas, just of empty suits. Your hate made you do it, in November; you will reap what you have sown. I wonder what Abraham Lincoln would say about todays GOP, he unlike the current GOP was a man of ideas.

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