Saturday, December 10, 2016

Surprise! Establishment Democratic Pick John Perez Drops Congressional Bid (WHY?)

Former California State Assembly Speaker John Perez suddenly announced that he is dropping his bid for Congress, to replace the out-going Xavier Becerra (who will be California's next attorney general, perish the thought).

I received an email from the California Friends of the African-American Caucus this morning.

Here are a few excerpts from the Breaking News eblast:



Citing Health Concerns, Pérez Ends Bid to Succeed Becerra in 34th Congressional District Seat

LOS ANGELES, CA - Today, California Speaker Emeritus John A. Pérez formally withdrew from the campaign for California's 34th Congressional district.

Speaker Emeritus Pérez released the following statement, announcing his exit from the race:

That was fast!

What gives? This man had so many endorsements, I don't think he was able to release all of them in a timely fashion.

Here is Perez' full statement on his Campaign Facebook Page from this morning:

The last 8 days have been a whirlwind in every sense of the term. I have been left in awe by the outpouring of support I have received from countless community members, grassroots activists, and friends I have spoken with in the past 8 days. In a short while, I have received more support and more good wishes than I could have imagined.

With all the good news, I also got confirmation that I have a health care situation that requires my immediate attention and my ongoing focus for the near term.

What could that be? I mean, Perez has always been on the heavy side. He's 47 years old, so it's not like he's really young--but he's not old, either.

A health problem all of a sudden emerges and derails his bid for Congress. 

This is serious, but I do not seriously believe it's a health problem ...

In the last 48 hours, I have spoken to doctors who have helped me determine the best course going forward.

As a result, I am immediately turning my focus to that, which prevents me from giving my campaign and the community the time and attention that are necessary to run a campaign our community can be proud of. As such, I am bringing my campaign to a close, despite the overwhelming support that I have seen.

I'm going to take the next couple of days off as I prepare to focus on my health. I expect to be back at full force before too long. While I won't be a candidate for Congress at this time, you will still see me actively engaged in my business and in advancing the progressive causes we all care deeply about.

Hmm .... Why not go on Covered California and get the care he needs? How bad of a health problem could this really be?

To my friends, family, and supporters who have been with me through this campaign, I am humbled by the enormous showing of support I have received, and I want you to know that I am eternally grateful for it.

Perez had announced his bid for Xavier Becerra's just a little over one week ago!

The press released indicated his stark confidence as the favorite to win:

Renowned Former California State Assembly Speaker and Current UC Regent Announces Run for Seat Vacated by Attorney General-Designate Xavier Becerra

LOS ANGELES, CA – Today, former California Speaker of the State Assembly John A. Pérez announced that he is running for the 34th Congressional District, which is being vacated by U.S. Congressman Xavier Becerra.

Here's the exhaustive list (that has been released) as well as on his website:



  • U.S. Senator-elect Kamala Harris
  • U.S. Congresswoman Karen Bass
  • U.S. Congresswoman Judy Chu
  • U.S. Congresswoman Julia Brownley
  • U.S. Congressman Ted Lieu
  • U.S. Congressman Jared Huffman
  • U.S. Congressman Scott Peters
  • U.S. Congressman Adam Schiff
  • U.S. Congressman Alan Lowenthal
  • U.S. Congressman Mark DeSaulnier
  • U.S. Congressman and past California Lt. Governor John Garamendi
  • U.S. Congressman Barney Frank (Ret.)
  • U.S. Congressman George Miller (Ret.)


  • California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom
  • California State Controller Betty Yee
  • California Board of Equalization Chair Fiona Ma
  • California Lt. Governor and State Assembly Speaker Cruz Bustamante (Ret.)
  • California State Treasurer and Attorney General Bill Lockyer (Ret.)
  • State Senator Steven Bradford
  • State Senator Bob Wieckowski
  • State Senator Holly Mitchell
  • State Senator Isadore Hall (Ret.)
  • State Senator Jerry Hill
  • State Assembly Majority Leader Ian Calderon
  • State Assembly Member Phil Ting
  • State Assembly Member Rich Gordon
  • State Assembly Speaker pro Tempore Kevin Mullin
  • State Assembly Member Jose Medina
  • State Assembly Member Jim Frazier
  • State Assembly Member Todd Gloria
  • State Assembly Member Matt Dababneh
  • State Assembly Member Ed Chau
  • State Assembly Member Mike Gatto (Ret.)
  • State Assembly Member Mike Allen (Ret.)
  • State Assembly Member Bonnie Lowenthal (Ret.)
  • State Assembly Member Paul Fong (Ret.)


  • Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (Ret.)
  • L.A. City Controller Ron Galperin
  • L.A. County Assessor Jeffrey Prang
  • Los Angeles City Council Member Bob Blumenfield
  • Sacramento Mayor-elect and past Senate President Pro-Tem Darrell Steinberg
  • San Francisco County Supervisor David Campos


  • California Democratic Party First Vice Chair Alex Rooker
  • California Democratic Party Chair and State Senator Art Torres (Ret.)
  • South County Labor Chair Raymond L. Cordova*
  • Latino Journal
  • Debra Broner, California Democratic Party Region 10 Director
  • Miguel Martinez, California Democratic Party Region 14 Director
  • Steven K. Alari, Democratic National Committee Member
  • Jess Durfee, San Diego County Democratic Party Chair, (Ret.), Democratic National Committee Member
  • Mary Ellen Early, Action Democrats of the San Fernando Valley and Democratic National Committee Member
  • Alice Germond, Democratic National Committee Member
  • Patty Hobbs (Ret.), Democratic National Committee Member
  • Aleita Huguenin, Democratic National Committee Member
  • Michael Kapp, Democratic National Committee Member
  • Bob Mulholland, Democratic National Committee Member
  • Melahat Rafiei, Orange County Democratic Party Executive Director (Ret.), Democratic National Committee Member
  • Garry S. Shay, Los Angeles County Democratic Party Past Chair and Democratic National Committee Member
  • Laurence Zakson, Democratic National Committee Member
  • Marilyn Grunwald, Recording Secretary, DPSFV (or Co-Chair Credentials Committee, LA County Democratic Party
  • Thomas O'Shaughnessy, Region 3 Vice Chair, Los Angeles County Democratic Party

Now that's a YUGE list!

I received two eblasts detailing the long list of endorsements, including US Senator-Elect Kamala Harris ... yesterday!

With so much wind at his back, why would Perez suddenly drop out? Health issues have not stopped candidates with supreme ambition from running before?

Why now?

Don't forget that Democratic Party leaders throughout the state endorsed Perez. This circus of support does not magically appear. It's almost as though Perez and Company new about Becerra's upcoming appointment as California's Attorney General in advance.

Look at key aspects of John Perez' campaign website:

It's spruced up and very professional.

He had this picture ready as soon as December 5th!

This was a serious campaign with all the stops ready to go.

If he was struggling with health issues, why would be throwing together a comprehensive campaign like this?

Something doesn't smell right. What scared off Democratic Establishment pick Perez?

DEC. 10, 2016, 9:30 A.M.

"I've got to focus on my health right now," Pérez said in an interview. "But it was a very hard decision."

Hard decision? Certainly, especially with all the work that jumped out into the public eye within days of his announcement.

The Governor hasn't even issued a proclamation for the special election!

The 47-year-old Democrat declined to offer specifics about his condition, citing a desire to keep it private. But he said it was serious enough that it would keep him from waging a vigorous political campaign in 2017.

I wonder why ...

"The treatment is one that doesn’t lend itself to the intensity of a campaign that the community deserves," he said.

That sounds like cancer, if that is the reason why.

Pérez, who serves as a University of California regent, was the most high-profile politician who had entered the race. He was also the first to announce his candidacy after Becerra was chosen by Gov. Jerry Brown on Dec. 1 to be California's next attorney general.

The timing of a special election to fill Becerra's seat remains unclear, though it would probably take place next spring. The race is likely to attract a number of Los Angeles Democrats, with Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez (D-Echo Park) and activist Wendy Carrillo among those in the mix.

Update -- Jimmy Gomez has announced his bid to run.

Pérez said it was too soon for him to decide whether to endorse any other candidate in the race to replace Becerra.

"Right now, I want to take a couple of days off," he said. "I've got to get healthy."

Those statements also appear on his Facebook page.



Dec. 10, 2:18 p.m.: An earlier version of this post failed to mention activist Wendy Carrillo as a declared candidate to succeed Rep. Xavier Becerra.Bottom of Form

Did any other sites offer more information on this sudden cancellation?

My News LA just reprinted his Facebook statement.

Nothing else.

Perhaps some of these stories scared off Perez?

Or what about this?

Perez likes to shake down his opponents, especially when they are fellow legislators who vote in the  best interests of their constituents instead of the special interest.

Other sources have informed me that a lot of people do not like Perez. THey think that he is a jerk.

But so what? He has a long list of endorsements, and they are not getting behind him because all of them are buddy-buddy.

He has a corrupt past.

He is not as well liked as people think.

And yet ... all of this does not add up to why a high-ranking Democrat decided to bail on a race that had all the prime trimmings of a real bid certain to win.

So ... why did John Perez drop out?


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