Lorri Galloway is an Anaheim Councilwoman and a Democrat. She's also supporting GOP Assemblywoman Lynn Daucher over Democratic Supervisor Lou Correa for the 34th Senate District seat -- a stance for which she has recevied flack from her fellow party members.
Following is an e-mail Lorri sent to some fellow Democratic leaders explaining why she cannot support Lou Correa:
From: Lorri Galloway
Sent: Thursday, October 19, 2006 11:01 AM
Subject: RE: Mistaken Identity
To My Dear Friends:
The reason that I cannot endorse Lou Correa is tied to the core of my being and to what I’ve dedicated my life’s work. Baby Samantha Rose Gutierrez was brutally beaten and starved to death because the system totally failed her. Agencies that were created to protect her did not share information, hid information or were not adequately trained to detect child abuse. The system was broken. I made an appointment with Lou in Sacramento to seek support or at least some advice as to what could possibly be done or who I could talk to. When I met him in Sacramento, he abruptly told me that he had no time for this, he was not interested in it and he was too busy fighting the goddamn Republicans to talk to me. To me, Samantha is mine. No one was there for her. We buried her. We cried for her. I attended every court hearing that mentioned her name when her own mother was convicted of her death. I still kneel at her grave. If any of you had a murdered child and Lou told you what he told me, I doubt any of you would rush to his support.
Now, the other issue is my support of Lynn Daucher. I am politically savvy enough to know what her victory could mean to the now Democratic held seat. I am so disappointed that our party does not have a candidate that I can endorse. However, more than anything, I measure candidates on the quality of their character and the integrity of their intent. I have spoken often with Lynn regarding her views. I have told her that her constituents in the 72nd and their issues are completely different than the issues of the 34th. She has assured me that she understands this and that her door will always be open to me to help her understand what is important to all of us, especially the poor, the needy, the underserved and the disenfranchised. She is one that I believe will treat all with dignity and respect.
No one knows what the future holds, but I do know that I am at peace with my decision and hope that you will all come to understand it someday.
With deep respect,