Las Vegas Tribune
By the political standards held back in the “old days,” Olivia Diaz’s “scrapbook” could be considered impressive — very impressive to some.
Endorsements from two U.S. Senators, a former city mayor, a former county commissioner, a useless county commissioner chair, a pothead socialist county commissioner, plus a few unions, several political action committees, and a solo chamber of commerce.
But by today’s standards none of that means a thing; today voters are less naive and more well-informed and far more aware than they were back then; they know that all those endorsements come with a big tied ribbon, with direct or indirect control of the candidate and does not mean a thing to the voters or the community.
Today’s voters know that those “endorsements” are nothing more than a kind of silent control of a candidate. In street language, they’re nothing more than a sophisticated or fancy kind of modern blackmail to control the officeholder once he/she is officially the winning candidate.
“If you don’t vote our way we will not support you in the next election,” or “If you do not speak in favor of [this or that], remember there is another election coming soon and our group will not endorse you” are among possible threats, to say nothing of other civic
organizations that will end up in all kinds of disputes due to their endorsement disappointments, causing all kinds of friction.
Olivia Diaz ran for reelection to her assembly seat promising to serve the constituents of that seat, but after winning, she walked away with all the campaign contributions to run for the city council seat, counting on all the endorsements and the support of those who could very well tell her how to vote, when to vote and what to vote for, and the question could be ‘Who is serving the people of Ward 3, the unions, the political organizations, and the civil groups that pour money into Olivia Diaz’s campaign?’
The people of Ward 3 could be better served by taking a good look at the record of Melissa Clary, who seems to be an independent candidate who is not controlled by anyone and who is not owned by a group or organization with ulterior motives.
After eight years of a corrupt, control freak councilman’s regime, the residents and businesses located in Ward 3 do not need a candidate with an unknown future who may jump, without notice, to another office and that is what they will have if they choose to elect anyone else besides Melissa Clary.