I've come across a quite interesting episode of this phenomenon in the current election for state assembly in California’s 15th district. There former Obama administration official and campaign organizer Buffy Wicks is in a heated race against Richmond City Council Member and mental health counselor Jovanka Beckles for control of the assembly seat (both are Democrats). Obama has endorsed his former employee in Wicks, as has former Obama speechwriter and co-host of Pod Save America, Jon Favreau. Wicks is also taking big money from corporate interests including tech industry insiders, charter school profiteers, and big-time real estate interests (amongst others). Underneath Favreau's endorsement tweet, several commenters attacked his decision:
"Jon, you’ve got it wrong this time. Don’t endorse people just because they’re your friends. Jovanka is a real progressive with an amazing track record in the district, while Buffy is backed by nefarious interests,” said Max Lapides.
"Buffy receives major campaign funding from real estate developers and has pledged to vote no on Proposition 10 which would allow Californians to make their own rent control laws,” added Twitter user Livia Scott.
The central issue in this race is housing. Due to the massive growth of the tech industry in the region, housing prices have soared as people from across the world descend on the area in search of big paydays. Proposition 10 would alleviate some of these housing pressures by allowing Californians to decide their own rent-control laws at the local level. The measure is receiving fierce pushback from corporate interests mainly in the real estate industry. Wicks is working against the proposition and is a committed No vote. You see can all of her corporate masters and whose interests she really supports at buffywicks.money (Turns out REAL progressives in Silicon Valley know how to code too!).
Meanwhile, Jovanka Beckles has been endorsed by Bernie Sanders, Our Revolution, and the Democratic Socialists of America (who were a big part of Ocasio-Cortez’s victory in NYC). She has rejected corporate campaign donations and is a strong Yes advocate for Proposition 10.
Now more than ever we must work against these pro-corporate Democratic insiders like Buffy Wicks who want the continuation of this unequal and tragic America in which they prosper. They want the SAME not CHANGE.
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