After spending big money attacking GOP mayoral front runner Harry Sidhu and promoting GOP spoiler candidate Cynthia Ward, the Orange County Employees Association – which represents 16,000 County of Orange employees as well as Anaheim city employees – has turned its guns on another mayoral candidate: former Anaheim Councilmember Lorri Galloway.
Earlier today, the OCEA Independent Expenditure Committee reported spending $31,336 attacking Galloway, a Democrat. The OCEA has endorsed liberal Democrat Ashleigh Aitken for mayor of Anaheim. The report doesn’t indicate if the $30,000 is for mail, digital ads, cable ads or some combination. It’s enough to at least two city-wide mailers, with change left over for other forms of voter contact.
As a female Democrat, Galloway eats into what would otherwise be a natural bloc of supporters for Aitken (or vice versa). As a two-term former councilmember, Galloway also has better name ID than first-time candidate Aitken.
It’s logical to conclude Galloway is either leading or neck-and-neck with Aitken, and so OCEA is trying to knock Galloway down.
OCEA mail hitting Sidhu and promoting Ward used the California Taxpayer Protection Committee as a vehicle. The attacks on Galloway come directly from the OCEA – indicating they’re targeted at Democrat voters who don’t view government unions negatively.
And so it goes as the union representing Anaheim city employees tries to pick the next mayor.