The Latino Vote & the California Gubernatorial Race

August 3rd, 2009 · 8 Comments

It isn’t likely that California will elect a Republican governor next year given the dissatisfaction with Schwarzenegger, and I haven’t heard too much about Meg Whitman on the GOP side other than she is a prolific fundraiser. Following the trend of Latinos favoring the Democrats in the Golden State, I thought it would be worth noting this article from the Whittier Daily News discussing how San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and Attorney General Jerry Brown are doing in courting the Latino vote.

A recent poll reveals this:

Brown enjoys a huge lead in the polls among Latino voters, with 51 percent saying they’d back him compared with to 22 percent for Newsom.”

My take is that the California governor’s race is Jerry Brown’s to lose. He has an established record and is known among older voters and within that category, older Latino voters who have a more established pattern of political participation. Jerry Brown has been an ally of the United Farm Workers, having supported the California Agricultural Labor Relations Act of 1975. Regardless of how relevant or irrelevant the UFW is today in the eyes of Latinos in California, there is a segment of the Latino population that is nostalgic for some of the victories of the past, and that group is likely to fall in Brown’s column.

The Whittier Daily News article also mentions that Gavin Newsom has named State Senator Alex Padilla chair of his statewide campaign. If you remember when we discussed Latino elected officials in California cruising like high rollers, Alex Padilla’s name came up for sticking the taxpayer with a $5,000 bill for 18-inch wheels on a Toyota Camry. That action left me scratching my head, but then again, I’m not a fan of extra chrome or pimping an economy ride to look like something out of a rap video. But back to Newsom, I do think that he will ultimately be remembered in the minds of average voters for advocating on behalf of gay marriage. While I don’t have a problem with that kind of advocacy, the more conservative members of our community probably do and will likely note that. However, Alex Padilla, who comes with his own labor support, could wrestle a bit of the union support away from Brown.

Tags: Alex Padilla · Democratic Party · GOP · Labor Relations · Same-sex marriage · voting trends

8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Wise Latino // Aug 4, 2009 at 10:19 am

    I believe that either on of these guys will be a disaster. JB ran Oakland into the ground. You will see tax burdens rise out of control under the leadership of these two. You will also see a blind eye turned as to the problem of illegal immigration. GN let the program in San Fran get to the point that innocent Americans have been killed. My question for all of you is this- What will you do in two decades when hard working taxpayers of all races leave CA because they are tired of footing the bill? What will happen when scum-bag poloticians and tax taking do-nothings are all that is left to foot the bill? A total change has to occur and a party for the people needs to emerge.

  • 2 Michaelr // Aug 5, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    Gavin Newsom has shot himself in the foot naming Alex Padilla to chair his statewide campaign. That’s too bad because he has kept the City of San Francisco in the forefront of progressive reform. Hopefully, he’ll reverse that appointment and appoint someone more character driven. Jerry Brown provided ample leadership the first time around as Governor. Maybe if he’s elected he’ll continue this trend of making the State legislators accept responsibility for the continued fleecing of their constituents. The GOP has been quiet so far. Do you think Arnold has disabled their ability to drive the elections in the state of California?

  • 3 Anna // Aug 5, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    Re: “JB ran Oakland into the ground.”


    He improved it. You obviously don’t know too much about Oakland. As for illegal immigration, that is a FEDERAL issue. Neither party seems willing to end it because corporations want cheap labor. It’s not the fault of any state official, Democratic or Republican.

  • 4 Anna // Aug 5, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    Re: “Alex Padilla”

    You would hate any Latino that Newsom named because you don’t like yourself.

  • 5 webmaster // Aug 5, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    “You would hate any Latino that Newsom named because you don’t like yourself.”

    I could think of a few Latinos that Newsom could have chosen other than Padilla. But in picking Padilla who has labor support of his own, he is trying to pry away some of the labor backing that will go to Brown.

    You tell me why Padilla should make the tax payer foot the bill for his fancy rims. What is wrong with accepting the car as is from the factory? These are legislators, not hip hop artists.

  • 6 Michaelr // Aug 5, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    Thank you Anna the psychiatrist, or is it still Anna the Apologist, or rather Anna DoubleSpeak, or rather Anna the Schizophrenic, or maybe I should just stop here and let El Cholo continue since he loves addressing you personally.

  • 7 El Cholo // Aug 6, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    What do you say to a person who believes incompetence, laziness, and theft are not a part of the Latino political character? That’s the lunacy that parades inside of Anna the Apologist’s brain. She believes we should support a Congressional, State, and county political representative solely because of their ethnicity, and not by any evaluation of their actual performance on the job. Where is the benefit to the taxpayer? Does the taxpayer not deserve the finest representation they can get? How small does Anna’s brain have to be to conclude that just because that politician has a Spanish surname, that politician is working day and night for the interests of the Latino voter? She makes a moron seem intelligent.

  • 8 theKaiser // Aug 6, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    Henry B. Gonzalez’s ghost has little influence on the current Congressional Hispanic Caucus, with the exception of Raul Grijalva, the CHC is just a collection of whores all owned by their corporate American contributors to their campaigns. The group in Sacramento isn’t much better. Look what Fabian Nunez conveyed throughout his public life. Alex Padilla doesn’t express anything different. Gavin Newsom shot himself in the foot with that move. But all that white privilege mentality will do that.

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