Dele-Gate: Assm. Nora Campos Calls Delegate Election a ‘Fraud’

Four months ago Fly detailed the swift decline in power of the Campos Clan. The process now appears near completion and Assemblymember Nora Campos (D-San Jose) is understandably desperate. On Jan. 10, Democrats of all stripes gathered at the United Food and Commercial Workers building in downtown San Jose to select party delegates for Assembly District 27. Campos had formed one of several slates vying for the 14 seats—evenly split by gender—which decide who the state party will endorse, and financially back, in AD27 come 2016. When all was said and done, though, just one of Campos’ choices, Aimee Escobar, got a seat at the table—and that’s probably because Escobar ran on several other slates. Delegate lists put together by San Jose Councilmember Magdalena Carrasco and state Sen. Jim Beall (D-San Jose) won in a landslide. Rather than concede defeat, Campos filed a formal complaint suggesting carpetbagging “fraud.” She’s asked Chris Myers, managing director of the California Democratic Party, to negate the outcome and hold a new election with more stringent background checks of voters. While some might call this a case of sour grapes, Campos and company have plenty to lose. The assemblywoman terms out in less than two years and it’s unlikely any of the newly elected delegates would recommend an endorsement for her logic-defying little brother, ousted San Jose Councilman Xavier Campos, who apparently believes voters are clamoring to get him back in office. But X-man just scored a lobbying gig working for his big sister’s political consultants, Ryan Ford and Rolando Bonilla, so at least he’s got a little job security. Nora, not so much. Without control of the AD27 delegates, she finds herself lacking firm alliances as she nears the end of her term while setting sights on challenging Beall for his senate seat.

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8 Comments

  1. Nora your “fraud” accusations really perturb me. I just volunteered at the AD24 election, and I can assure you there was no shenanigans. I’m sure the volunteers at the AD27 election ran things just fine, in fact I stopped in as they were counting the votes, it was a completely open process.

    Stop thinking the world owes you something and grow up.

  2. > Rather than concede defeat, Campos filed a formal complaint suggesting carpetbagging “fraud.” She’s asked Chris Myers, managing director of the California Democratic Party, to negate the outcome and hold a new election with more stringent background checks of voters.

    Robert Michael:

    Next time could you give us a little advance notice when one of these goat rodeos is going down?

    I would like to send a complimentary shipment of cheap whiskey, custard pies, and super soakers for the delegates.

    Maybe we could even share the YouTube video rights.

  3. What is the issue?

    It is not counting the ballots, or even which political faction in San Jose has more credibility.

    It is about whether people living in the district had their votes diluted by people who did not register as voters in the district.