Election 2010: Heading for the finish line
For California, this election is more than just for state offices, the entire nation is looking at California for leadership and we cannot disappoint them
By Yussuf J. Simmonds
It is the last weekend before the most important election of the 21st century and today is the final approach to election day. According to the Los Angeles Sentinel, it’s VOTE DEMOCRAT or LOSE … lose the gains that the state and indeed the country has made during the last century. Though President Barack Obama is not on the ballot, his agenda most certainly is – his healthcare and financial reforms, and most of his progressive agenda to move the country forward. Support for the President hinges on a winning Democrat team in California including D.A. Kamala Harris for Attorney, A.G. Jerry Brown for Governor, Sen. Barbara Boxer for U. S. Senate and the Democratic slate. Leading the charge for the Democrats Saturday morning was Assemblyman Mike Davis, L.A. City Council president, Eric Garcetti, City Councilwoman Jan Perry, Pastor and Mrs. John Hunter, actor/activist Mike Farrell, Councilman (ret.) Nate Holden, ACLU attorney Stephen F. Rohde and a host of commited Democratic supporters.
After being introduced, Garcetti fired up a crowd of supporters saying, “We’re here because we have an election to win. We say ‘No’ to Proposition 23; Karl Rove has shell organizations in D.C. behind this and, like those in Texas say, we are saying, ‘Don’t mess with California .. keep your money and stay out of California politics.’ We want a good environment and good jobs … we want Kamala Harris and Barbara Boxer. Harris is smart on crime and Boxer will deliver for California.” He further emphasized, “Cooley, the only Republican, if allowed to win, would be a wedge for the next four years.”
Farrell followed, “I am offended by the elite who wants to buy this state. It is incredibly cynical … putting their support behind ignorance, fear and racism. Kamala Harris is not just tough on crime, she’s smart on crime. So vote for Kamala Harris and Barbara Boxer, and the people on the Democratic ticket. Later on, Farrell added, “It is urgently important that we defeat big money interest, they’re playing into fear and bias. When you hear the President speaking and a member of the House of Representatives shouts out on the floor, ‘you lie,’ know that it’s because a Black man is president and the same bias is directed toward a Black woman who wants to be attorney general (of California).”
Then Jim Dear, Mayor of Carson, said, “We must send a message to the Republican Party that they can’t win when Democrats unite. When Kamala Harris wins, all the Democrats win … California will win.”
Perry then chimed in, “We are among friends and the best way to tell the other folks is to be like jet fuel and light a fire, and tell them (Karl Rove and company) to stay home and keep their money. We must go the polls and vote straight for the Democratic ticket.”
Pastor Hunter lent a spiritual touch to the event and said, “The soul of the country is at stake. We have a moral and a financial deficit. My wife and I are encouraged to get the word out to others, and we are looking for leaders who are just.”
Retired city councilman, Nate Holden, was called from among the audience to stirred up the crowd as he has been known to do in the past. He stated, “Before coming here, I spoke to my son (Pasadena city councilman Chris Holden) who reminded me that the more things change, the more they remain the same. Whenever there is a person of color in office, they do all they can to bring him down. The President of the United States is doing a great job. They are ganging up on Ms. Harris … she’s smart. But we know the situation … we have to fight back. Every Democrat on the ticket should be supported.”
One common thread with all the speakers – Rohde, Mrs. Hunter, Leon Jenkins of the local NAACP, and Bobbie Anderson of the Democratic Club – was the support for Kamala Harris and the Democrat ticket, and the urgency of getting out to vote, and convincing others to do the same.
Assemblyman Davis closed out the rally with emphatic support of the President’s work and how his historic election two years ago was not because “he is Black” but in spite of the fact that he is Black. Furthermore, Davis, cite statistics thus: “seven percent of the state (of California) is Black, yet they make up 28 percent of the prison population; and that’s the back end. We need Kamala Harris to be attorney general on the front end.”
According to the weekend field poll, Harris is now six points ahead of Cooley, in addition, she has been endorsed by the California’s top elected officials including Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Congresswoman Barbara Lee; the San Francisco Chronicle, the Oakland Tribune, the Black Voice News, the Los Angeles Sentinel and the L.A. New Watts Times. Also despite the deceptive ads placed by her opponent, Harris has been endorsed by San Francisco Police Chief George Gascon; Sacramento Police Chief Arturo Venegas, Jr. (Ret.); East Palo Alto Chief Ron Davis; and former LAPD chief, William “Bill” Bratton, who is one of the most respected law enforcement officials in the nation.