First, we must address the title itself, which reads “Early Hopefuls for the City Council Race” this would lead a reasonable person to conclude that this article is to go over all the people who plan on running for city council, but the article doesn’t talk at all about hopefuls like Logan Smith who announced his intent a while back, nor does it ask Brett Haddock, Sean Weber, Mark White, Al Ferdman or TimBen Boydston if they plan on running in 2018.
Then Carl Boyer states “who has not had a smooth ride since being appointed in January, is vulnerable if a Latino runs against him.” Now no disrespect to Carl Boyer but what does he know about winning an election in 2018? Claiming that Bill Miranda would be vulnerable if another Latino were to enter the mix is about as ignorant as can be. Is he really suggesting that Latinos will only vote for another Latino? Latinos only see skin color? Is anyone reading this stuff before it goes out? Is it any wonder that Sutton has gotten questions about racism within the Gazette?
So If you can manage to navigate through the jumbled mess that is this article, what you end up with is just another poorly concealed hit piece on Councilman Bill Miranda and Senator Scott Wilk. In fact, the only real news in this article is that Gloria Mercado-Fortine IS STILL salty and blaming everyone and everything but herself for losing her third incumbency. An incredible feat considering incumbency is the single greatest advantage a candidate can have. The last elections that Bruce and Gloria won were only with the help of Buck McKeon’s chief of staff Bob Hauter. If you are unaware of Bob Hauter, he is the wonderful fella that gave us, Stephen Winkler!
Toward the end, Gloria states that “He (Scott Wilk) went after Bruce (Fortine) and I before.” Sorry but we have to ask it, why is Barnathan covering political if he doesn’t have enough knowledge to ask a simple follow-up question like how exactly did Senator Wilk “go after Bruce?” Nothing like completely vague accusations without specifics, Gloria sounding more and more like SCV’s own Hillary Clinton. How are their losses anyone else’s fault but Bruce and Gloria? Gloria was Bruce’s campaign manager and proceeded to lose to democrat Dr. Edel Alonso who had almost zero name id. There was no Wilk endorsement in that race, and it was Bruce’s own decisions that fumbled him the 38th central committee endorsement which was his to lose and he proceeded to force the 38th Central Committee’s hand by endorsing democrat Julie Olsen in the SUSD and then when asked by the Chair if he had endorsed any democrats in the previous 6 months, Bruce Fortine stood in front of them and said that he hadn’t while the committee members stared at his name on Olsen’s endorsement page. It would have been much better to just own the endorsement and give an explanation for the endorsement.
The fact is Bruce Fortine losing his COC race comes down to the same three reasons that Gloria lost her Hart board race, And those reasons were one, They got seriously outworked by their opponents, Linda Storli worked her tail feather off like few candidates before making contact with nearly every possible voter in the district. Two, Bruce and Gloria made egregious unforced errors. Like going on vacation at the height of campaign season, while her opponent canceled her vacation! That means while Gloria was working on her tan for election night Linda Storli was grinding the campaign trail, again reminding us of when Hillary didn’t make campaign stops in Wisconsin. Oh and do not forget Gloria having multiple campaign accounts open for various offices, is a completely boneheaded political error. And finally, Bruce and Gloria both have a “Google” problem, which is to say that any undecided voters that might google them might find some unflattering results that don’t exactly work in their favor like (this or this).
We really aren’t surprised at Gloria’s classless blame shift toward the Senator this week because just like Hillary Clinton nothing is ever Gloria’s fault. Sadly Nothing really sums up Gloria’s entitlement mentality more than when she was being questioned by her colleagues about her connections with a local charter school organization and why she would never declare her involvement and simply recuse herself from votes on charter-related issues. Her obstinance on the matter caused he colleagues to skip over Gloria for board president in 2010, Gloria knew exactly why the board felt uncomfortable with her being named president but she proceeded to disingenuously play the race card stating “I’m a strong personality on the board, I’m Hispanic and I’m a woman.” *
We thank Gloria and Bruce for their past service to the community, however, no one is entitled to a public office. Running a winning campaign is a full-time job, it requires more than glad-handing at events and sending out a few mailers. If a candidate doesn’t put in the hard work, they shouldn’t expect to win on election day. Own it.