Organized Labor + Some Local Pols Present (But Press Excluded) At Gonzalez State Senate Campaign "Get Out The Vote Rally" (Canvass Launch); Union Walkers Fan Out With Maps & Lists; A Few Hours Later, Gonzalez Campaign Walkers Spotted In ELB, Asking Homes With Dem Reg'd Voters If They Voted/Will Vote For Gonzalez And Hand Them This
|(June 1, 2019. 2:40 p.m.) -- Organized labor had a sizable presence -- wearing vests indicating "Laborers Local 1309" and CA Carpenters outside the office of LB's Int'l Ass'n of Machinists Local Lodge 1030 for a 9 a.m. "GOVT [get out the vote"] Rally.
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|The event was marked "Public" on Facebook and hosted by the Gonzalez for State Senate campaign.
LBREPORT.com was greeted at the door by Gonzalez for Senate campaign manager Kristina Bigdeli who said "closed to press." Candidate Gonzalez arrived shortly thereafter (visible in center of photo below.)
LBREPORT.com could have but didn't shout questions at the candidate as she arrived and entered. (We had a number of questions in mind if she'd given us the opportunity.) We came to hear and video record to show you (unedited "C-SPAN style") what candidate Gonzalez and other announced LB-area electeds said at the event (in which most ballots have likely already been cast by mail.) The Gonzalez campaign prevented this with no visible or audible objection from the candidate.
Among those spotted entering or exiting the event were LB Councilman Rex Richardson and L.A. County Supervisor Janice Hahn.
Union workers exited the event carrying materials that (it appeared from a distance) included a map, a list of some type and standard campaign materials for voters ("walk pieces.")
LBREPORT.com has learned that a few hours later, Gonzalez campaign workers or volunteers (unclear which) were visible in a high propensity ELB voter zip code. Their interaction as reported to LBREPORT.com appeared to be traditional, old-school (and well funded) "GOTV."
Three persons worked as a team; two knocked on the door of a home; at one home that happened to have both Dem and Repub registered voters, the Gonzalez campaign walkers knew the names of the home's Dem registered voters...and they asked by name if the person answering the door was one of those Dem registered voters. When the resident replied "yes," the Gonzalez campaign walkers asked if the resident had voted by mail or planned to vote for Gonzalez, handed them a door-hanger "walk piece" (below) and politely exited.
The household's Dem registered residents told LBREPORT.com that they've previously received mailers from the Gonzalez campaign.
UPDATE: At midday Saturday, some ELB homeholds with Repub registered voters received a mailer addressed to the Repub voter from the Guerrero campaign. [end UPDATE]
LBREPORT.com is interested in knowing if workers or volunteers for the Gonzalez or Guerrero campaigns have communicated with you in the runoff campaign (since late March.) Let us know via email at mail@LBReport.com or by a private Facebook message at www.facebook.com/lbreport.
A week earlier on Saturday May 25, LBREPORT.com was in downtown Long Beach (on a separate story) when we spotted state Senate runoff candidate Jack Guerrero with a handful of supporters on Ocean Blvd. @ Pine Ave. This struck us as an odd place to try to reach high propensity LB voters, but we were curious to hear what he was telling prospective voters. We removed our media ID (he didn't recognize us; we'd met him only once briefly after a candidate forum) and asked a few non-reporter type questions with our phone video recorder very visible in his face.
In video previously published on LBREPORT.com, at this link, candidate Guerrero didn't cite any examples of Councilwoman Gonzalez's LB Council voting record. That also struck us as odd, since the in any election an incumbent's voting record is always relevant and in this election, of the runoff candidates is a LB incumbent some of whose votes weren't universally popular among some Dems and independent voters (as well as Repubs.) In a high stakes low turnout election, those LB voters could conceivably affect the outcome of the race (see maps below.)
Vote by mail ballots have been circulating since May 6 for "election day" June 4.
LBREPORT.com is the ONLY LB news outlet that provided extended on-demand video and audio podcast coverage of the only face to face encounter between the two candidates (below.)
On-demand audio podcast coverage is at this link.
For LBREPORT.com "Follow the Money" coverage in the race, see below:
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