Though trailing to Xavier Campos, District 5 candidate Magdalena Carrasco’s election night party was nonetheless packed with about 100 exuberant wellwishers.
Downtown San Jose councilman Sam Liccardo attempted to set a mood for the evening: “You guys took on the machine, and I know your going to win tonight!,” Liccardo shouted, to a round of applause.
Meanwhile, the all the machine’s usual suspects were down at the hall of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. Xavier told supporters, “I could feel your love coming through.” Awww.
Sister Nora, who will be sworn in as an assemblywoman in less than five weeks, said she’ll be concentrating on high technology and creating jobs, particularly in the “green, green, green” sector.
She’ll join Jim Beall, who says he’s looking forward to working with the new governor. “Arnold was not a student of government, to put it mildly. He did not look at making government more efficient or at long-range strategies.”
Other legislators on-hand included Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren, who predicts that things will be “very difficult” for the Democratic minority because “the majority party sets the agenda.” Colleague Mike Honda wondered if bipartisanship will continue.
“We’ll see if the Republicans who we’ve been able to work with will continue to work with us. That’ll be a measure of their character.”
The Laborites had the best music of the evening, a live classical guitarist, as well as nice balloons. The menu—quartered chicken, fusilli with cheddar sauce and iceberg salad with ranch dressing—could use some help though.
Throughout the evening, euphoria consumed the packed Brady Bunch-esque Donald Rocha residence in San Jose’s Cambrian neighborhood. Having officially clobbered evangelical activist Larry Pegram with more than 60 percent of the vote, Rocha and his family, friends and supporters were gathered around the TV in his den, Sierra Nevadas and wine glasses in hand, watching the state election results roll in.