Fracking brings to mind drilling a hole and then pumping awful stuff down the hole causing gas and oil to be released through fractures in the rock. A new kind of fracking is being planned: The fracking of the California Democratic Party. The hole is being drilled in Senate District 7 where Steve Glazer could take a seat with the Democrats in the State Senate. Glazer is expert at using awful stuff – divisiveness; which he used to turn Democrats against Democrats and labor unions, that’s how he delivered an assembly seat to a Republican in a district with a Democratic majority. He is using the same divisive strategy in the current campaign and promises to use it if elected. He would have a seat at the Democratic Caucus where legislators hammer out differences and reach agreements through open discussions. Glazer would prevent those discussions because he cannot be trusted.
Following the money behind Glazer’s campaign to see why he cannot be trusted.
· JOBSPAC the Chamber of Commerce’s Committee has been filling our mailboxes with ads attacking first Tim Sbranti & unions, then both Joan Buchanan & Susan Bonilla. The chamber wants to do away with regulations meant to protect us to make it easier for businesses to take unfair advantage of us.
· Charter Schools Advocates want to privatize our public school system, with an underfunding strategy. Parents may either send their kids to public school or try to get the kids into a charter school. Charter schools are paid for by the local school district. BUT, charter schools do not play by the same rules as the public schools. They act as not for profit corporations and do not have to reveal how funds are spent. They write their own curriculum without oversight. They use non-credentialed teachers at below union scale wages. Some do an excellent job but many short change students and parents. By underfunding education in California more parents will opt for charter schools. Recently NYC former Mayor Michael Bloomberg gave the Charter Schools advocates $200,000 to use in the Glazer campaign.
· Bill Bloomfield is a Southern California Billionaire who has over $800,000 invested in Glazer’s campaign sending most of the positive mailers about Glazer.
· Charlie Munger (son of Warren Buffets partner) spent a reported $4.5 million in the campaign against Sbranti. His PAC Spirit of Democracy sent a very expensive 16 page mailer about how Glazer had been smeared in the AD 16 race, they sent it after the primary to hurt Sbranti running against Republican Catherine Baker. Munger is chair of the Republican party in Santa Clara County.
Why are these billionaires and the chamber so interested in a Dem on Dem race? If this strategy works here in the bay area they can apply it all over the state and nationwide. It is a strategy for big $$$$ taking over in the bluest state in this nation.
Josh Richman wrote about the strategy for the Bay Area News Group who endorse Glazer
Will the ‘real Democrat’ please stand up?. He was kinder than I am.
GAME CHANGER: Jerry Brown appears with Glazer in many mailers, touting he has been a Brown Campaign adviser. If Jerry Brown endorses Susan Bonilla the game changes. Brown should endorse Susan because of the effect Glazer would have on the legislature’s effectiveness and on Brown’s agenda. Does Jerry Brown want to be remembered as the Democratic Governor who let the Democratic Majority in the legislature be fracked?