Alameda Councilmember Tony Daysog, along
with Jennifer Roloff, at an endorsement meeting
in August for the Alameda Democratic Club.
ALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL |
ELECTION 2016 |
Alameda Councilmember Tony Daysog owns a Web domain named “Moderate Democrat,” but some Democrats in Alameda and the county central committee are doubting his allegiance to the party, all together.
An email from June, obtained by the East Bay Citizen, shows Daysog disavowing the ideology of the Democratic Party. The email was sent by a left-leaning political group seeking to invite Daysog to participate in their endorsement process. Daysog is up for re-election to his city council seat this November,
“I’m kinda not a Democrat, does that matter?” Daysog responded in the email. “I’m still registered, but kinda feeling more like an independent, even a moderate Republican now and then (though I’m not sure if that bird even exists anymore).”
Over the past few months Daysog has intimated a similar belief in public, if not, sometimes in a coded manner. He alluded to his shift to the right in an Alameda blog read by many island conservatives. In addition, during a recent council meeting, Daysog repeated the phrase “keep America great,” which sounded to some to echo Donald Trump’s often-repeated catchphrase, “Make America Great Again.
Nonetheless, in August, Daysog unsuccessfully sought the endorsement of the Alameda Democratic Club. Daysog has long been a member of the club. Daysog reiterated in an email that he’s still registered as a Democrat and strongly supports Hillary Clinton for president, but his political beliefs are evolving.
“As I age, how I feel now that I am 50 is different from when I was, say, 30. Today, philosophically, I believe the broad over-arching goal of government ought to be about fostering and multiplying ‘abundance’, broadly-construed. Years ago, I thought the over-arching goal was about redistributing abundance. At whatever level — national, state or local — I now think leaders need to focus on increasing the size of the pie, so to speak, as much as they think about how the pie should be divvied-up. Interestingly, these broad philosophical views show up right now in policies we as a city are struggling with,” said Daysog.
He added, Alameda’s rent control initiative, Measure M1, will redistribute wealth, not increase opportunities for all on the island. “For what is the Berkeley-style rent control in the M1 ballot initiative if not the epitome of redistribution?” said Daysog. “Instead of creating more abundance through increasing the supply of affordable housing (i.e. expand the pie), M1 if passed would have the city redistribute what limited stock we have in place (i.e. redistribute the pie). So, I think what makes me a registered Democrat with moderate-Democrat, moderate-Republican leanings is that I do think about expanding the social pie as much as I worry about how we divvy-up the social pie.”