Blog: Luis Lopez Brings an Early Halloween

Jimmy Gomez has run a very positive and issues-driven campaign that Luis Lopez is trying to deflect with his bag of tricks.

It seems that lately the Holidays just sneak up on us and now that I think about it, Christmas is just around the corner.

If you live in the new Assembly District 51, you might be celebrating Halloween two weeks earlier than expected. Luis Lopez, who came at a distant second place from first place winner Jimmy Gomez in the June 5th Primary, has decided to bring the lies, tricks but no candy to your mailbox this Halloween.

While Mr. Lopez might think it was a good idea, I think he is in for a trick himself. While negative campaigning motivates the base of support, it alienates centrist and undecided voters from the political process, reducing voter turnout and radicalizing politics.

While Mr. Lopez had hoped for a negative backlash against Jimmy with his mailer, and while not intended, he is urging Republican voters to vote for Jimmy. We have an open primary this year, which means that Republican voters can vote for anyone they want regardless of party affiliation.

The Lopez strategy is double sword-ed. While it might "trick" Democrats into thinking Jimmy is a Republican, he is still getting votes. However, it will not cost Jimmy Democratic votes because the California Democratic Party is working hard to elect Gomez—very risky campaign tactic from Luis Lopez.

Today, voters received a deceptive mailer from the Lopez campaign stating that Jimmy is associated with the National Rifle Association. Let me begin by stating  that the NRA would never endorse a Progressive Democrat for office, especially if the candidate is endorsed by Labor and the Democratic Party. In this case Jimmy Gomez would never be endorsed by NRA.

In fact, when checking their endorsements for AD 51, they list both Luis Lopez and Jimmy Gomez. Who got the NRA's endorsement? No one. The National Rifle Association did, however announce their endorsement of Mitt Romney for President. Elected Officials who support Jimmy Gomez, such as Senator Kevin De Leon, Congresswoman Janice Hahn,  received an "F" on NRA's score card.

Do you really think NRA supporters are going to support Jimmy Gomez for Assembly? I didn't think so either. One thing I can assure you, Luis Lopez is lying about Jimmy Gomez. A few days ago, Luis Lopez sent a mailer to district voters, asserting he was the “only democrat” in the race. This, too, is false. Jimmy Gomez is the officially endorsed candidate of the Democratic Party.

Jimmy Gomez, up until today, has run a very positive and issue-driven campaign for State Assembly. He has had over 15 community coffees around the District to talk about issues affecting the district. Jimmy is the only Democrat who is endorsed by the California Democratic Party and the Los Angeles County Democratic Party. (You can fact check it here, I don't lie).

Jimmy Gomez was the top vote getter in the June 5th primary (You can fact check it here, too) and is poised to become the next Assemblyman from the 51st Assembly District. Jimmy has also earned the endorsement from popular local elected officials, such as Senator De Leon, Councilmember Josè Huizar and Labor leader Dolores Huerta.

When someone goes negative, it shows you how desperate they are in winning this election at any cost. Don't we as voters deserve someone who cares about the issues, versus someone who wants to win by any means necessary? My family sent in our vote-by-mail ballots this week and we voted for the most experienced candidate—Jimmy Gomez! Please do not be tricked this Halloween season by Luis Lopez. After all, doesn't candy taste better?

PS: I'm a 10-plus years resident of El Sereno, former Neighborhood Council leader and a very proud endorser of Jimmy Gomez for Assembly.

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Joanie October 17, 2012 at 01:33 AM
Ari- When did you say Jimmy moved into the District to carpetbag to become our assembly member? Oh, you didn't. I noticed the claim he used an old check book to make campaign contributions soon fell away as an argument from his campaign manager when people on this blog pointed out that checks are immediately deposited which is why campaign reports... those that show Jimmy listed "Riverside" as his residence when he was voting in LA County elections... are compiled using the contribution cards or envelopes contributors themselves fill out. That is why all the screaming like a stuck pig reinforces people's belief that Gomez lied on his candidate application forms to the state. That my friend, is a serious matter -- criminal I believe.
Ari Ruiz October 17, 2012 at 05:18 AM
PS: The mailer in question can be found here: http://goo.gl/6uvTv. And the Jimmy Gomez campaign issued a statement as well: http://goo.gl/Z1C1J. Thanks!
Mark October 17, 2012 at 03:01 PM
This hit piece is a distraction from the real story about Jimmy Gomez: http://eaglerock.patch.com/blog_posts/blog-jimmy-gomez-plays-the-victim-card
John Wayne's Honda October 17, 2012 at 07:10 PM
Yep that flier lost my vote for Luis, got a chance to tell them so last night when they called.
Debra Evans October 17, 2012 at 08:07 PM
If we really want to help our community, then we must vote for the person who has lived in and worked to improve our community his entire life. That, my friends is not Jimmy Gomez. It is Luis Lopez.
Tom Mertz October 18, 2012 at 03:02 AM
@Ari - There is no "statement" from Gomez or his campaign on that linked page, just statements from others and general bio info on Jimmy. Will he be responding to this issue directly? Can he say flatly he did not take money from a sponsor of the bill to allow the import of polar bear pelts?
Mary Tokita October 18, 2012 at 02:32 PM
I am soooo tired of politicians attacking each other. Let's hear what your candidate is going to do for this district and how he's served us already. Stick to the issues. Otherwise, just shut up! It's tired and boring...
JosephR October 18, 2012 at 03:03 PM
JosephR October 18, 2012 at 03:11 PM
(Although I do have to say, if someone has a record of not really keeping their promises or going against the will of the people they represent, while in office -- then that's "fair game" to point out ... anyone should be willing to stand on their record, explain why they voted for or against something, and be accountable). Sometimes pointing out bad representation can be called an "attack" simply because the person in office would prefer their constituents not know what they've done behind closed doors.
Peter Choi October 18, 2012 at 03:21 PM
Team Joanie on this one.
Peter Choi October 18, 2012 at 03:25 PM
Thank you for highlighting the most impoirtant basic difference between these two candidates. Luis Lopez lived in SIlver Lake's Sunset Junction for years before moving to Eagle Rock. Jimmy Gomez moved here from Riverside County and knows nothing about how we live and work in NELA and the Eastside.
Peter Choi October 18, 2012 at 03:59 PM
@Mary- So glad you brought up this important distinction. Luis Lopez has lived in East LA, Silver Lake and now Eagle Rock (hoo-ray!) and has a history of commitment to this district — including service as Chair of his Neighborhood Council and Parks Funding Oversight Committee and Mayoral appointee to and President of LA’s East Area Planning Commission. Jimmy Gomez moved into the district from Riverside County 2 years ago.
Ari Ruiz October 18, 2012 at 04:47 PM
@Peter: Instead of spamming the comment section, you should request a simple thing from Luis lopez: Stop going negative and talk about the issues. I have received 2 attack ads from "Lopez for Assembly" and no mailers about AD 51 issues. @Mary: Let me give you the second Amen! I'm a 22 year old who loves politics and is passionate about Jimmy Gomez. Fact: Jimmy Gomez has not attacked Luis Lopez in this race but has responded to his lies and attacks. Fact: Luis Lopez is the only candidate to spam voters with negative mailers. I agree with you, Mr. Lopez decided that our problems had to take the backseat and it was more important to send a Photoshopped picture of Jimmy to folks in the District.
Peter Choi October 18, 2012 at 05:57 PM
What Ari is obscuring is that this NRA issue is not confined to your mailbox, but is being openly discussed in poltiical circles like this front page piece in LA's top political blog Mayor Sam's Sister City: http://mayorsam.blogspot.com/2012/10/a-message-on-nras-favorite-pac.html
Peter Choi October 18, 2012 at 06:27 PM
@Ari- FYI, "spamming" is when one sends the same message indiscriminately to (large numbers of recipients) on the Internet. Not when a community member posts their comment after a Patch article. Free Speech, baby. As a long time member of the Patch community I understand that a major part of community discussion is sharing information in the comments - even after a wackadoodle piece like you have penned above. Instead of falsely accusing me of "spamming" (see definition above) why not respond to Mary's request for information how each candidate has "served us already". Oh, that's right, Jimmy Gomez has no history in NELA. If you want to talk facts: FACT: Luis Lopez has lived in East LA, Silver Lake (where he held a leadership position as Co-Chair on the Neighborhood Council) before moving to Eagle Rock (huzzah!). And, as I noted in my comment, Luis Lopez also served this community on the Parks Funding Oversight Committee and Mayoral appointee to and President of LA’s East Area Planning Commission. Jimmy Gomez? Jimmy Gomez moved into the district from Riverside County 2 years ago. ...
Laura October 18, 2012 at 09:17 PM
I see that Ari has posted on the Santa Monica Patch when he was shilling for another Democratic Machine politician: Betsy Butler. So he posts comments here on Eagle Rock Patch saying he is a 10 year resident of our area in support of Jimmy Gomez, but on the Santa Monica Patch he also claims to not be an "outsider". See his May post in Santa Monica Patch defending his actions supporting Machine Candidate Betsy Butler: "Susie, With all due respect, I am not an outsider. I spend most of my volunteer work in the new AD 50 working for LGBT Rights. Most recently, we raised over $7,000 dollars for the LA Gay & Lesbian Center. There is a bunch of people living outside of AD 50 who are also supporting Torie Osborn, so forgive me if I too, exercise my right to support Betsy. . . . But who cares that we didn't cut education, right? It's election time, so anything goes in winning." So Ari is starting to look like some "Astro Turf" grassroots support for Jimmy Gomez -- sort of like that other "Rising Star" of the Democratic Machine -- Mark Gonzales. These slippery ethics are why the State is grooming a corrupt political culture.
Ari Ruiz October 18, 2012 at 09:31 PM
I see that this is your first comment ever on Patch, Laura, congratulations. You have absolutely no record, on here at least - of ever caring about Northeast LA issues. But you just had to add a little of mud too. Fabulous! I served on the LA-32 Neighborhood Council for two years, my day job was in El Sereno and we sent in our Absentee Ballot for Jimmy Gomez. If being a NC Board member is not grassroots then I don't know what is?!?...
Ari Ruiz October 18, 2012 at 09:35 PM
Great sound effects, made my reading a bit less boring. Can you please clarify: How long did Luis live in the stated communities that you mentioned: How long did he live in East LA? How long did he live in Silver Lake before he carpetbagged to the 51st and How long has he lived in Eagle Rock?
Tom Mertz October 19, 2012 at 01:51 AM
@Ari - For starters, a large chunk of Silver Lake IS in the 51st, but I would not expect Jimmy Gomez or his campaign to know that... Your claim that Luis "carpetbagged" to the 51st clearly shows your lack of knowledge about the district and your opponent. I met Luis 10 years ago when he was my next door neighbor in Silver Lake, in what was the old 45th AD. He moved up the street, fully expecting and planning to be in the new 51st after the 2010 redistricting. When his new building was unexpectedly cut out of the new boundary, he moved to Eagle Rock. That has turned out to be a boon for Luis as he has gotten a lot of wonderful support from that area, and it only makes him a stronger candidate to have lived in all corners of the district. Born and raised in Boyle Heights...Silver Lake...Eagle Rock. This is Luis' home and always has been. Now that all your questions about Luis' residency have been answered, Ari, how about letting us in on Jimmy's story?
Tom Mertz October 19, 2012 at 01:57 AM
Wow, thank you, Laura. That says an awful lot about Ari and Jimmy. Zing and a half! We shall christen you the Candy Crowley of this thread.
Jinx October 19, 2012 at 02:44 AM
Why can't we just talk about regular halloween? why revel as jerks in jerky halloween which has nothing really to do with halloween? are we all sitting in a library with nothing better to do than kvetch and act like 12 year olds?
Ari Ruiz October 19, 2012 at 05:49 AM
LAST COMMENT: You both obviously have an agenda and whatever I say, will not change your mind about whom you support. To the lies Luis, you both continue to support and to the mailer sent, it can be best summed up by, Rep. Barney Frank with his quote that I should use now: "It is a tribute to the First Amendment that this kind of vile, contemptible nonsense is so freely propagated. Ma'am, trying to have a conversation with you would be like arguing with a dining room table: I have no interest in doing it."
Peter Choi October 19, 2012 at 03:32 PM
@Ari- To quote the late, great Tip O'Neill: "All politics is local". Clearly, the Patch readers support local guy Luis Lopez over carpetbagger Jimmy Gomez who parachuted into this district from Riverside County and has no history here. It is telling that you found no support here. LOPEZ 2012!
Bob Mason October 22, 2012 at 03:44 PM
The mailer wwhich has gotten everyone so upset shows Mr. Gomez holding a sign which refers to his support from the NRA. I assume that Mr. Gomez accepted the donation from the NRA because he supports the NRA. I suspect that his support of the NRA comes from his being a resident of Riverside; I doubt the NRA has a lot of support in District 51. Is the mailer a "negative attack ad" if it correctly calls out Mr. Gomez on one of his policy positions, supporting the NRA? Shouldn't voters know who supports his election and who he will support in Sacramento? And yes, I do support Luis Lopez.
Emily October 29, 2012 at 05:59 PM
I've lived in Eagle Rock for 10 years total (with two short breaks, both to live in other eastside communities.) I received a mailer on Friday attacking Luis Lopez and his record in the healthcare industry. I googled to see if there had been other negative campaigning in this election. I will continue to support Lopez unequivocally, and am re-energized by my disgust with the mailer I received last week.
OmarA. G October 31, 2012 at 09:39 PM
BTW, Silverlake & East L.A. are not the same types of communities as Eagle Rock please stop making the connection, these communities are very different and the only one that is truly part of NELA is Eagle Rock, don't make the correlation to make it seem like Luis knows what's good for US in ER because of where he has been and now supposedly lives in Eagle Rock, Pah-leez! It makes no difference if Jimmy was from Riverside or the east-side, what does make a difference is which candidate is talking about the real issues, because we know we can always come back and and take him to task if he did not do or try to do what he said. Who's worse the politicians or the pundits who troll around the web pushing their agenda?
Tom Mertz November 01, 2012 at 12:12 AM
Silver Lake, ER and East LA are all in the district and Luis has lived in all of them. Plus he's on the Planning Commission for all of eastern LA, so he certainly knows the whole area and its people very well. That is very important to me, especially when the other guy is utterly clueless as to what's important to us, and even the boundaries of his own district. I'll pass on that kind of representation any day.


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