Santa Clara County’s Democratic Central Committee held a meeting last week to sign off on its endorsements for this June’s election, and things got weird. Factions formed when it came time voice support for candidates in each district of the San Jose City Council, and the choices showed a surprising split in the house of labor. No one got the nod over incumbent Rose Herrera in District 8, despite her support for Mayor Chuck Reed’s Measure B pension reform ballot measure. DCC’s Endorsement Director Jon Kessler, DCC Chair Steve Preminger and South Bay Labor head Cindy Chavez all made a hard sell for East Side school boarder Patricia Martinez-Roach, but that effort failed. Why? Because “people literally stood up and said they think she is crazy,” one political consultant chuckled. Steve Kline rode to victory in his endorsement bid over District 6 Councilmember Pierluigi Oliverio, who was the only person in the entire room to raise his hand when the question “Who here supports Measure B?” was asked. Chavez acted like she was going to strangle him, showing remarkable restraint. The most contentious debate of all the endorsements handed out went to District 10 candidate Brian O’Neill. Planning commissioner Edesa Bitbadal turned heads with her strong fundraising efforts to start this year, but when it came time for people to make their case for her, many were stunned to learn Bitbadal supports Measure B. Whaa?! That’s right, the person who got labor’s secondary endorsement behind O’Neill favors pension reform. To add to the ridiculousness, fire and police unions went ahead and supported Bitbadal anyway.