Last night the “Oscars”of American politics were handed out in Washington D.C. by the American Association of Political Consultants. The 2010 campaign to pass Chula Vista’s Proposition G, [anti-Project Labor Agreement ] picked up Statues in Two categories: (1) Best Direct Mail Campaign and… (2) Best Newspaper Ad. The Yes-on-G effort was directed in part by Lacee Beaulieu of ‘The San Diego Group’, in cooperation with legendary national political figure Eddie Mahe as Strategic Counsel. A sample mailing (“The Unions are Coming”) is shown above. This success is a milestone in national recognition for the Talented Political Men and Women who call San Diego county home.
…………… Background on the Proposition G contest
Prop. G was approved with 55.7% of the votes on June 8, 2010 (18,783 to 14,906) over the vigorous objections of the local Labor Union movement. It was spurred by the long-running labor dispute which influenced Gaylord Entertainment. to withdraw from a $1 Billion job-creating Chula Vista hotel and convention center project.
The campaign was energetic on both sides, with the Yes-on-G effort highlighting large campaign donations from labor unions in Chicago, New Orleans and San Francisco to the No-on-Prop. G forces. Prominent Proposition G backers included South Bay Supervisor Greg Cox and 3-term State Assemblywoman (2003-2009) Shirley Horton.
Key support for Proposition G came from the Associated Builders & Contractors of San Diego, with guidance by ABC President Scott Crosby and ABC client representative Bill Baber.
……………A Sign of San Diego’s Growing National Influence
Two months ago another San Diego Group campaign won national honors from Campaigns and Elections magazine, for the ‘Tax Man’ brochure which aided Supervisor Bill Horn’s North County victory over Vista city councilman Steve Gronke.
Congratulations to Lacee Beaulieu, Eddie Mahe and The San Diego Group for cleaning up with Two Pollie Awards last night ! Their ‘Chicken Little ‘ newspaper ad, which won the 2nd Pollie trophy, also appears below.