Aitken’s Campaign Dealt Blow As Judge Dismisses $320 Million Angels Stadium Lawsuit

    Democrat Ashleigh Aitken focused her campaign’s messaging around the recently dismissed lawsuit.

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    Democrat candidate for mayor of Anaheim Ashleigh Aitken may have already lost one of her primary campaign talking points. Aitken has campaigned on a lawsuit to block the Angel Stadium’s sale to the Los Angeles Angels. Aitken claimed the deal was “illegal.” However, a judge dismissed the lawsuit, permitting the $320 million deal to move forward.

    The lawsuit originally claimed Anaheim illegally switched from a land lease to a sale, which resulted in the deal violating California’s affordable housing law. Aitken has tried to criticize Republican Mayor Harry Sidhu over the deal. 

    “Leadership Matters,” tweeted Aitken. “Anaheim faces a $96M fine, after the mayor pushed through an illegal deal that he negotiated.”

    Now that a judge dismissed the lawsuit, some pundits are worried that Aitken’s campaign might be in trouble. The Liberal OC penned an article pondering whether it made sense for former Anaheim Councilmember Lorri Galloway to enter the race. 

    “[Galloway] matches the profile of the majority of Anaheim voters,” the article wrote. “She’s a woman of color many voters still think is on the city council, she is LatinX who personally relates to the population majority, and she’s a moderate who can work for the people she’d represent while more effectively managing the city’s business interests with Disney, the Angels and the Ducks. She’d be able to attract support from the building trade unions and does have a track record of working with public employee unions. Galloway’s record of service to disenfranchised communities in Anaheim is also something to consider.”

     Galloway reportedly has not confirmed whether she will enter the race. If she does not, it will essentially be a rematch of 2018 when Sidhu defeated Aitken.

    SoCal Daily Pulse

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