This is my endorsement of Steve Glazer for the Senate seat vacated by Mark DeSaulnier, who recently resigned to serve in Congress. I was not too kind to Glazer last year when that booklet with his picture on the cover was sent out attacking Tim Sbranti.
I wrote a snarky blog about it calling him a "Cry Baby," which I considered one of my cleverest blogs. I do my best writing when I'm sarcastic, but that blog turned out to be completely false. I had to pull it and write an apology to Mr. Glazer.
I do some of my best writing (or at least I like it best) when I'm snarky. I'm not being snarky here. I sincerely believe Glazer is the most independent candidate running in this special election and the least beholding to special interests.
There are five candidates on the ballot, four Democrats and one Republican, Michaela Hertle. I received a robo call from Hertle, who dropped out of the race but whose name is still on the ballot. She is now endorsing Steve Glazer. As my fellow blogger, Tim Hunt, recently wrote Republicans are rallying around Glazer in the upcoming primary.
San Ramon Councilman Dave Hudson told me he considers Steve Glazer one of the smartest guys around. I respect Hudson's opinion on this because he knows a lot of the local politicians and office holders in this region from serving on a multitude of committees as a liaison for the San Ramon City Council.
I don't know much about Susan Bonilla, so I have no reason to like or dislike her. I'm not too fond of Joan Buchanan, who was our Assemblywoman for six years and recently termed out of that office. I would not like to see her back in the State Senate. She's been in the pocket of the California Teachers Union for 25 years. I've read that most of the other local unions are backing Bonilla.
I'm not anti-union. I believe that workers deserve to be treated fairly, but I also want a representative who represents me and my fellow residents and not some special interest group.
I previously endorsed Republican Mark Meuser, but he dropped out before the ballots were even printed. Glazer is what is sometimes called "a blue dog democrat." I'm not sure where that phrase came from, but it means a fiscally conservative Democrat. I don't have a problem with Democrats, but I do have a problem with wasting money and favoritism. Republicans play that game too.
Are they all crooks? No I don't believe that, but clearly some are owned by special interests whether they are unions or big corporations. I want someone to represent me and this district. I believe Steve Glazer will do that.