American philosopher Will Rogers observed that, “Politics has got so expensive that it takes a lot of money even to get beat with!” Recently-filed reports from the Domestic Workers Union PAC again prove Rogers’ genius… They spent $100K to defeat conservative County Supervisor Bill Horn, and they still lost by over 10,000 votes.
The UDW PAC documents show the money was spent on printing, mailing, postage, a web site, supplies, phone banks and to pay people to walk precincts (!) which is a relative rarity in SD politics. The full story of the November 2010 elections is only being written now, 3 months after the voting, as the year-end campaign finance reports arrive and are studied.
The UDW-PAC had the courage of their convictions, going the Full Six-Figure Solution route to remove a major obstacle to their goals. But Purple Heart and Bronze Star-winning Marine combat vet Horn shrugged it off and topped Vista Councilman Steve Gronke anyway. (Data source: Form 460 filed by the United Domestic Workers of America Action Fund, for period ending 12/31/2010, ID #1302384).
…..WHY DO THEY CARE SO MUCH ?
The County helps administer state and Federal funds used in the In Home Support Services (IHSS) program, which pays care-givers to help elderly and disabled people with their housekeeping and other chores. Conflict betwwen the UDW and County Supervisors, on how best to do this, has been a recurring theme for the last 30 years.
In 2008, for instance, the Union-Tribune reported on a UDW protest rally outside the County Administration Center: ” About 500 people who provide home health care for the disabled and elderly rallied today at the County Administration Building for higher wages… The United Domestic Workers of America seeks a pay boost of $1.50 per hour spread over three years.
“After negotiating for nine months, the two sides had a mediation session Monday that ended when the county refused to raise its offer, Reyes said. County officials do not publicly discuss ongoing labor negotiations, said Luis Monteagudo Jr., a spokesman for Board of Supervisors Chairman Greg Cox.”
…..THIS EXPLAINS A LOT
That is the background which helps make sense of the $100K effort by the UDW PAC two years later in 2010. But USMC (ret.) 1st Lieutenant Horn would take home the honors on that particular battle field.
Jim Sills is a San Diego political consultant. If you have questions about your future in San Diego and California elections, you can contact Jim at this e-mail address: YourElectionVictory@Hotmail.com
He has aided the campaigns of Rep. Darrell Issa, Assemblywoman Shirley Horton, Senators Joel Anderson and Tony Strickland, Representatives Devin Nunes and J.D. Hayworth, County Assessor & Recorder Greg Smith, among many others in California and beyond.