Uncharted: Isaac Galvan’s tale of trickery and deceit
Isaac Galvan’s campaign endorsement website featured a photo suggesting some city officials endorsed his senate run.
Lying about numerous political endorsements in a fishbowl is no little mistake; it is downright deception
Compton City Councilman Isaac Galvan’s campaign endorsement website, as of the morning of Nov. 30, featured a screenshot bearing a photo of Mayor Aja Brown, fellow councilmembers Janna Zurita, Yvette Arceneaux, and Emma Sharif; and Compton Parks and Recreation Director Marvin Hunt. The photo was of a check presentation for a Compton program funded by the City.
Galvan used the picture for another purpose — a sly, slick purpose to imply that the persons accompanying him in the screenshot endorsed his candidacy for the 35th District Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Isadore Hall, who is running for congress. An inscription on the screenshot reads, “The Right Candidate.” A caption beneath the photo (which has since been removed) read, “The endorsement list is being updated. Please come back soon,” followed by (in parenthesis) — “In no particular order. Partial list. Titles and affiliation for identification purposes only.”
That implied the individuals all endorsed Galvan. Nothing had to explicitly state that the individuals endorsed Galvan — just the implication to fool voters.
Not one individual gave Galvan their endorsement, however.
Councilwoman Janna Zurita, who was initially listed as a supporter in Galvan’s website, told a local daily newspaper, “I definitely did not endorse Isaac Galvan,” She said her colleague did not return a call or a text message she sent to him, but that her name was eventually taken off the site.
Zurita also was quoted, “I was very upset about that, it creates a problem. This is serious. Politics is all about relationships, and if you don’t keep good relations with others in the field you can’t maneuver.”
To make matters worse, Galvan also listed Carson City Councilman Jawane Hilton, and Hawthorne City Councilman Alex Vargas as endorsers — which they were not. They already had pledged their support to former Assemblyman Steven Bradford, D-Gardena.
Hilton was quoted in the daily newspaper — “Someone had called me and said ‘Hey, I thought you were with Steve,’ and I was like, ‘Well I am.'”
The newspaper reported that Hilton said he texted Galvan and asked to be removed, adding that the candidate did not offer an explanation for the error.
“We are friends; sometimes you do things and don’t ask your friends. Sometimes you automatically think your friends are with you,” Hilton was quoted in the newspaper.
Vargas endorsed Bradford a year ago.
“It is just a big mess,” he told the newspaper. “Hopefully, [Galvan] will take me off soon.”
Galvan’s deceptive foolery amounts to a political lie, false liberty, and a prevarication that says this candidate is bound by a Code of Shadiness, illustrative of a clear tendency to operate in a smoky haze under a Big Tent bearing his true likeness and character — a grinning charlatan abusing the public trust.
Galvan has stirred a dust cloud of deception and confusion. Not a good strategy, considering who is, in reality, the “author of confusion” — Beelzebub — the father of lies.
Isaac Galvan, the first Latino elected to Compton’s City Council, is reeling out of control in his race for the state Senate. In track & field, he’s committed a “false start,” in which the runner is automatically disqualified.
Should the false start rule be implemented here? After all, Galvan has had more than one false start. He has been in trouble more than once in a “still green” political career. Within a week of his taking office after a triumphant victory in 2013 at just age 26, then City Manager G. Harold Duffey fired Galvan’s community liaison after a local daily newspaper divulged the aide’s criminal history.
Galvan also failed to file required campaign finance disclosures for the primary and runoff elections until after state officials turned up the heat on him.
Galvan has not responded to calls from the Compton Herald, doing what he seems to do best — hide in the shadows when the truth comes calling — a sign of political immaturity.
Is this the kind of politician the 35th Senatorial District wants as its representative?
Is this the kind of politician the electorate can trust?
Is this the kind of man that displays a sense of ethics and moral character?
Is this the quality of candidate the Herald seeks to support?