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A smear campaign? Really? I question this suggestion. My reason being that having followed Mr. Young's race for State Assembly in 2012, there seems to be somewhat of a pattern of questionable behavior as far as walking a straight ethical line. One may ask "what does one set of circumstances has to do with the other?" I would say a great deal. There IS the possibly that the accusation made against Mr. Young using confidential information for professional and private gain could be false and could have been conjured up; but in this matter the adage "where there is smoke, there is fire." is probably applicable. Also, to be honest; if it were a smear campaign, I don't know what anyone would have to gain from it. Mr. Young pretty much sabatoged and conducted a smear campaign against himself during his 2012 Assembly campaign. His own actions during that time, seriously damaged his credibility. Time to stop placing blame on others and making excuses for public officials who engage in questionable behavior.
In general, I feel that Bonta and Guillen are both very capable individuals with substance; who would both represent us well in the State Assembly. As far as which one is the most liberal; i would say that there are times in which certain issues in our society are not liberal/moderate or conservative issues; but issues that one way or the other affects everyone. In such instances, one should not adhere to liberal or conservative concepts in order to develop solutions. Both men have core principles and will do what is best for the people that they represent; regardless of educational or socio-economic status. In sum, i have followed the 18th Assembly race since the beginning, and always felt that Bonta and Guillen were the most qualified candidates, and most capable of getting things done in Sacramento.
as an african american male; i am a bit disturbed by the assertion that the negative press that joel young have been receiving is racially motivated. it seems like the race card as well as the" blame others card" is at play. any figure running for office should be aware of the fact that their every move is under close observation. young's claimin to receive an endorsement when he did not is not something trumped up but true. the seiu pulling it's endorsement was based on a legitimate reason also. i do not know all of the info regarding the restraining orders regarding young's girlfriend and overman; but it is clear that something did happen; particularly with the first incident. joel young supporters seem hesitant to consider the possibility that young may actually be responsible for some of his own problems. i can gurantee that if bonta and abel were in young's position; they would be receiving negative press also. there are real legitimate racism incidents occuring everyday; and to suggest that there is some type of underlying racism at play in this campaign is highly questionable; and trivializes the harm perpetuated by real racism.
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