Gov. Jerry Brown refused to wade into the messy and free-spending East Bay Assembly primary featuring his political adviser, Democrat Steve Glazer.
On Wednesday, minutes after Glazer issued a favorable note about Republican Catharine Baker on his Facebook page, her Democratic opponent in the Nov. 4 election, Tim Sbranti, announced the endorsement of Brown.
Brown cited Sbranti’s experience as a classroom teacher and elected mayor of Dublin. Brown also noted Sbranti’s help two years ago in working to pass the governor’s Proposition 30. Glazer played a considerably larger role – as a fundraiser and consultant – in helping advance the sales and income tax measure.
In the Facebook post, Glazer explained that after both Baker and Sbranti asked for his endorsement; he asked them to share their answers to questions on everything from reducing special-interest power to transit strikes and improving schools.
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“Disappointingly, after receiving my questions and after numerous follow up e-mails, Tim Sbranti refused to respond,” Glazer wrote. “I did receive answers from Catharine Baker, which she posted on her public campaign website.”
He also explained what he described as an overall harsh evolution of Sbranti.
“First, he refused to provide public answers to reasonable questions. Second, blind allegiance to any political party continues to get in the way of progress on many important issues,” Glazer wrote.
“I have to be willing to call it as I see it, or I am playing the same partisan game that has caused legislative gridlock.”
The 16th Assembly Distrist, which includes the parts of Contra Costa and Alameda Counties, favors Sbranti in terms of its makeup, though Republicans and their allies believe Baker, a Pleasanton attorney, has an outside chance of playing a spoiler role there.
Call Christopher Cadelago, Bee Capitol Bureau, (916) 326-5538. Follow him on Twitter @ccadelago