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Desert Hot Springs, Pass Democratic Clubs Support Pettis: Stinging Rejection of Opponents

XPosted 4/26/2008 11:22 PM PDT on MyDesert.com in blog by BluePalmSpringsBoyz

At the Desert Hot Springs Democratic Club Monthly Meeting earlier today, according to an email that I just received from Chuck McDaniel, Vice-President, the DHSDC unanimously endorsed Greg Pettis, Cathedral City Councilman and former Mayor Pro-tem of Cathedral City, for the Democratic nomination for the 80th Assembly District to succeed the termed-out, thank the deity, Bonnie Garcia (R).  Pettis’ rivals for the nomination garnered not a single tally in the endorsement process today.

Pettis has been either City Councilman or Mayor Pro-tem of Cathedral City for the last 13 years and has served with distinction in other local governmental positions in the region as well.  McDaniel, also a union official with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 440, was enthusiastic in his support of the Pettis candidacy, having worked with Pettis in numerous capacities and in many local elections during recent years, including Mary Ann Andreas’ candidacy for the 80th AD and Steve Clute’s candidacy for the 80th AD.

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All of the other local Democratic clubs who have thus far endorsed have endorsed Pettis for the 80th AD seat.  These clubs include but are not limited to the Pass Democratic Club, Desert Stonewall Democrats, Palm Springs Democratic Club, Inland Stonewall Democrats, San Diego Democratic Club, and the San Diego Women’s Democratic Club.  Club leaders also endorsing Pettis include Pass Democratic Club President Jacqueline Atwood, Pass Democratic Club Vice-President Betty McMillion, Desert Stonewall Democrats Vice-President Roger Tansey, DSD Treasurer Bob Silverman, DSD Steering Committee Members Sandy Eldridge, Donald W. Grimm, Ph.D., Jono Hildner, James Reynolds, Greg Rodriguez, Robert Lee Thomas, and Lynn Worley, Palm Springs Democratic Club Co-Chair Sandy Eldridge, Palm Springs Democratic Club Co-Chair David Pye, Desert Hot Springs President Will Pieper, and Desert Hot Springs Vice-President Chuck McDaniel, Sun City Democratic Club President Arnie Kaminsky, Democratic Club of Moreno Valley President Paul Rasso, and Riverside County Democratic Central Committee Alternate Kira Klatchko.  Not a single Democratic club in the Coachella and Imperial Valleys has thus far endorsed another candidate besides Pettis for the nomination.

Pettis stated, “I am indeed grateful for the confidence that the Desert Hot Springs Democratic Club has shown in my candidacy and for their generous support.  The local clubs, especially the Desert Hot Springs Democratic Club, have long been a source for the volunteers in any successful Democratic campaign in the Coachella and Imperial Valleys.  I deeply appreciate the work that Will Pieper, Chuck McDaniel and the Club membership have done thus far with my campaign, and I look forward to continue working with them during the primary and general election campaigns.”

In a related positive note, at tonight’s Pass Democratic Club Annual Unity Dinner at the Morongo Resort and Casino in Cabazon, McMillion gave a wonderul personal introduction to Pettis during the night’s festivities that was only outshone by that given to Secretary of State Debra Bowen.  McMillion noted that ‘all’ of the desert clubs have fully supported Pettis’ candidacy, especially at the pre-nomination convention in Moreno Valley where 70%+ of the delegates voted to endorse, and continue to provide active and full support for Pettis.  Most in attendance were pleasantly surprised at the length and depth of the support from the platform.  Kudos to McMillion!

Following Pettis’ introduction, McMillion gave a brief intro for Victor Manuel Perez, Candidate for the 80th AD, alluding to the fact that Perez might have some school involvement.  Perez, his campaign manager, and another in his contingent were then seen leaving the ballroom before Bowen’s introduction and speech.  Some Democratic activists in attendance, myself not included, wondered about the propriety of Perez’ sudden departure and the unintended message to Bowen.

Democrats of the Desert Awards Banquet: Sonja Marchand and Rosalie Zwain Honored

XPosted 4/6/2008 10:15 AM PDT on MyDesert.com

Yesterday, Democrats of the Desert had its annual awards banquet to honor Life-Time Achievement Awardee Sonja Marchand and Activist of the Year Rosalie Zwain at the Rancho Las Palmas Resort in Rancho Mirage.  Speakers included Stephanie Miller and Jim Ward, “Stars of Progressive Talk Radio” at AirAmerica.

Democratic officeholders in attendance included Greg Pettis, Mayor Pro-tem of Cathedral City and Candidate for the 80th Assembly District, Paul Marchand, Cathedral City City Councilman, Pat Hammers, Cathedral City Clerk, Ron Oden, former-Mayor of Palm Springs, Rick Hutcheson, Palm Springs City Council, Shari Stewart, Board President, and Justin Blake Board Member of the Palm Springs Unified School District, and Rob Simmons, Palm Springs Airport Commission.

Attending Democratic candidates included Julie Bornstein, Candidate for the 45th Congressional District, Pettis, Candidate for the CA 80th Assembly District, Rick Gonzalez, Candidate for the CA 80th Assembly District, Paul Marchand, Candidate for Mayor of Cathedral City, Greg Rodriguez, Candidate for the Board of the Palm Springs Unified School District, and Kira Klatchko, former-candidate for the Palm Springs Unified School District.  Amalia Deaztlan, campaign manager for the Victor Manuel Perez for the 80th Assembly, also attended.  

Union activists in attendance that I recognized included Chuck McDaniel, IBEW Local 440, Juan Carlos Sanchez, SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West, and others.

Many Coachella Valley Democratic Party activists were also in attendance, including Elle Kurpiewski, Chair, Beth Caskie, Vice President Programs and reknowned blogger, and Carole Sumner Krechman, Vice President & Chair Fund Raising, Chris Escobedo, Vice President – Political Action, each of the Democrats of the Desert, Chuck McDaniel, Co-Chair of the Desert Hot Springs Democrats, George Zander, Chair and blogger, Bob Silverman, Treasurer, James Reynolds, Esq., Secretary of the Desert Stonewall Democrats, Desert Stonewall Democrats Steering Committee members Donald W. Grimm, Ph.D., Richard Oberhaus, and Simmons, Sandy Eldridge and David Pye, Co-Chairs of the Palm Springs Democratic Club, and Jackie Atwood, President, Betty McMillan, 1st Vice President, Robert Atwood, Treasurer, each of the Pass Democratic Club.

Sonja Marchand was accompanied by her husband, Robert, and her son, Paul.  She rendered a stirring speech about Democratic activism, the failures of the Bush Administration over the past seven years including the ‘massive mess in Mesopotamia,’ and the need for Democratic Party unity this coming November (sorry for mangling the alliteration, but that was what I could recall early this a.m.).

Of local mydesert.com readership interest, it seems that the identity of the people behind the Pettis files will soon be known.  The blogger and/or his financial backing had taken out advertisements in the media which require campaign finance reporting.  As a result, the identities should be known shortly.  The noose tightens and scandal is abrewing!