The South Bay Labor Council’s once formidable political machine has seen better days, with the implosion of the Campos siblings, Mike Honda’s impending downfall and Ash Kalra’s distant second showing in the District 27 Assembly race. There’s always the next generation of political stars to groom. Competently managing the endorsement processes is another matter, however. Earlier this month, SBLC political director David Urhausen sent an email to Palo Alto City Council candidate Danielle Martell, inviting her to take part in the SBLC’s endorsement interviews on Aug. 11. The email not only misspelled Martell’s name but also referred to her as a man. It was a silly blunder for an organization that claims to be the “most sophisticated” political campaign operation in the South Bay. Martell, who last ran an aggressive and comically phallic council campaign in 2005, responded with corrections while also noting that the timing of the interviews seemed odd since the deadline to file for Palo Alto’s four open seats wasn’t expected to fall until nearly a week later. Martell told Fly that holding off on the interviews would be the “fair thing to do,” as she is the only one of 11 expected candidates to have filed paperwork, according to the City Clerk’s Office. Urhausen explained that the SBLC already knew the “serious candidates” expected to run—more or less admitting the interviews are a formality—before blaming the clerk’s office for providing a misspelled name. Fly spoke with the clerk’s office, which has known Martell for quite some time, and they said that Urhausen was provided the correct spelling. Unimpressed with the games being played, Martell politely called Urhausen out on his lie and CCed labor council CEO Ben Field. Proving that SBLC leadership works as well as trickle-down economics, Field actually replied-all to both Urhausen and Martell with a one-word response: “Nutty.” Martell forwarded the unprofessional email to AFL-CIO’s national headquarters, asking: “Is this the image you wish for the AFL-CIO to project?” No one at the SBLC responded to Fly’s requests for comment. Martell says she is running a different campaign from a decade ago and wants to “leave a positive legacy” in her hometown.