During an interview last month on a progressive Internet program, Anaheim Councilman Jose F. Moreno criticized other Orange County Democrats for being too moderate in their politics. Moreno, a vocal Berniecrat who hails from the far-left of the political spectrum, specifically called out Rep. Lou Correa, Assemblyman Tom Daly and former Rep. Loretta Sanchez:
I was told constantly, right, when you run for office in Orange County you gotta be moderate. You see that in a lot of our Democrats. Loretta Sanchez constantly would say “I can’t sponsor the DREAM Act because this is a moderate county but if it comes to the floor, I’ll vote for it.” She was adamant about that for 15 years with the DREAM team. We set up meetings with the original Orange County DREAM team, trying to urge her, and she’d say “No. It’s too moderate of a county. I can’t take those positions.”
You see that from our Assemblymember, Tom Daly. We see that with Lou Correa. We see that with all these Democrats. And there may be reasons for why they do it – I’m not gonna say they’re bad people because of it – but they basically propped up a moderate system. So to me it’s…is it that the electorate is moderate? Or that it’s moderated?
This is is not exactly new. For year, Moreno has lambasted Correa and Daly – both directly and by implication – for being “corporate Democrats” who sell out what he sees as party principles. Although it bears noting Moreno only registered as a Democrat in 2014, shortly before he announced his first campaign for Anaheim City Council.
Moreno’s comments are ironic given how he has moderated his political rhetoric and stances. Rarely does he hurl progressive-Left thunderbolts from his Facebook page at less revolutionary politicians. Candidate Moreno criticized the anti-camping ordinance for being about pushing the homeless out of city parks. Councilman Moreno has since back-pedaled from that stance. Candidate Moreno supported declaring Anaheim a sanctuary city for illegal immigrants. Councilman Moreno quickly abandoned that stance in favor of a more bland “Welcome Anaheim” program.
This was most likely driven by the unexpected necessity of having to run for re-election in two years in an off-year election in which the electorate would be smaller and more conservatives. However, this prophylactic moderation only serves to make his needling Correa, Daly and Sanchez come off as phony and self-serving.