Charles Caleron, the former Democratic leader in both the Senate and Assembly running to become a Judge Los Angeles Superior Court in Office No. 48 told the Los Angeles Metropolitan News-Enterprise that his failure to garner the endorsement of the Los Angeles County Democratic Central Committee was due to a "rigged" process.
Calderon, whose brothers Ronald and Thomas are under federal indictment for alleged corruption, and who himself was the subject of negative publicity arising from a $40,000.00 campaign "payment" to his son for services in a an uncontested election, lashed out at veteran campaign strategist David Gould for "working hard on getting his buddies in." Gould handles the campaigns of several judicial candidates, including DDA Carol Rose who opposes Calderon in the race for Office No. 48.
The fact that Calderon failed to garner enough votes from his own party is surely the most telling sign that the days of the Calderon's family's political power are over. The LA Times recently opined that the "Calderon name may lose its luster in state politics" as a result of all the scandals associated with the family. That his own party has deserted him is likely the strongest indication of how Calderon will fare in the June 3, 2014 primary election; if the party cannot stomach electing Calderon, then the electorate will almost certainly reject him.
Calderon has tried desperately to distance himself from his indicted brothers. "What can I say except we're different?", he asked rhetorically. "I can't control what [my brothers] do. What they do they're responsible for, what I do I'm responsible for." Perhaps he should have thought more carefully about his ballot title "Retired Lawmaker/Assembymember," and used "Am I my brothers' keeper"?
The Met News also provided this useful rundown on how the other judicial candidates fared in their quests for the endorsement of the Los Angeles County Democratic Central Committee (Party rules require that a candidate receive 60 percent of the vote in order to be endorsed, and only registered Democrats are eligible):
- Office No. 22, civil litigator Pamala F. Matsumoto was endorsed over Deputy District Attorney Amy Carter.
- Office No. 54, Superior Court Commissioner Debra L. Losnick was endorsed over Deputy District Attorney Shannon L. Knight for the seat now held by Judge Lance Ito.
- Office No. 61, Superior Court Commissioner Jacqueline H. Lewis was endorsed over Deputy District Attorney Dayan Mathai and former volunteer prosecutor B. Otis Felder for the seat now held by Judge Michael Nash.
- Office No. 76, Deputy District Attorney Helen Kim was endorsed in her race with fellow prosecutor Alison Matsumoto Estrada for the seat now held by Judge Harvey Giss. Daar said his committee recommended no endorsement, but Kim, the only Democrat in the race, received the necessary supermajority of the full committee.
- Office No. 87, criminal defense attorney Andrew M. Stein was endorsed over prosecutors Tom Griego and Steven P. Schreiner for the seat now held by Judge Rex Heeseman.
- Office No. 97, no endorsement between Deputy District Attorney Teresa Pineda Magno and Deputy City Attorney Songhai Miguda-Armstead for the seat formerly held by Judge David Milton, who retired in February. Gould, who represents Miguda-Armstead, said his candidate received about 53 percent of the vote, whereas the committee endorsed her opponent.
- Office No. 107, Superior Court Commissioner Emma Castro was endorsed. Her opponent for the seat now held by Judge Bob S. Bowers Jr. is Deputy District Attorney Joan M. Chrostek.
- Office No. 113, no endorsement between Superior Court Referee Steven Klaif and Deputy District Attorney Stacy Wiese for the seat now held by Judge R. Bruce Minto, who retired last month.
- Office No. 117, no endorsement between Deputy District Attorney Carol Najera and Judge James B. Pierce.
- Office No. 138, no endorsement between attorney Marc A. Gibbons and Deputy District Attorney Donna Hollingsworth Armstrong for the seat now held by Judge Carlos Uranga.Office No. 157, no endorsement between Deputy District Attorney Andrew Cooper and retired Superior Court Referee Arnold William Mednick for the seat formerly held by Judge Jessica Perrin Silvers, who retired in February.