They’re at it again.
In August, it came out the Kenneth Batiste campaign was in disadvantaged neighborhoods in District 5, handing out food boxes topped with Batiste for City Council campaign flyers. Using food to appeal for votes was the brainchild of local blogger and Democrat activist Vern Nelson. A backlash prompted him to admit having the campaign use food to garner votes was not a good idea, and he promised not to do it again:
That promise didn’t last long. Earlier this month, Batiste and Nelson were handing out food boxes, while wearing Batiste for Council campaign t-shirts:
Victor Valladares, a Jose Moreno protege and controversial former OC Democratic Party vice chair, chronicled it on his Facebook page.
Attuned to the apparent break with his promise not to use food as a campaign vote harvesting tool, Nelson quickly posted a comment explaining how he and Batiste simply had no time to put on different t-shirts (while taking a dig at Yesenia Rojas, whose sin is thinking for herself and supporting Councilman Steve Faessel):
Sure. There’s no way Batiste and Nelson could have ditched the campaign shirts so as not to coopt a food distribution as a campaign tool. It’s not as if the Batiste campaign had a history of using food to entice votes.