Councilman Sam Liccardo tells Fly that political consultants working for the San Francisco Giants have been “push-polling” to turn the San Jose public against the idea of the Oakland A’s franchise coming to the South Bay.
A push-poll (for anyone who missed the 2000 Republican primary, in which the George Bush campaign famously used the tactic against Sen. John McCain) is an attack masquerading as a telephone poll. Liccardo says the Giants have been calling people in his district asking if they agree or disagree that city resources should be spent on police, fire fighters, parks, trails…or “land giveaways.”
The poll also asks people if they’d be okay with bringing a team to San Jose if the San Jose Giants are forced to leave. “That’s a message we’ve been hearing over and over, which by the way, is not true,” he says. “I expect they will soon present poll results that reflect that manipulation.”
Liccardo reports that the phone poll ends with a message that says: “The greedy team owners will receive millions in city funds leaving less money for San Jose fire fighters, police officers and parks and traffic, which will be severely impacted.”
This all stems from the fact that Major League Baseball granted the Giants territorial rights to San Jose when they built their new stadium in 2001. Reasons the Giants have cause for concern: 1: A’s owner Lew Wolff has many business interests in San Jose, including the San Jose Earthquakes soccer team and the downtown Fairmont Hotel. 2. Wolff was college roommates with MLB Commissioner Allan H. “Bud” Selig, the guy who will be deciding all of this in the end.