Through it all, supporters say, Dellums was working diligently behind the scenes — no matter how it may have appeared to the public.
Assemblyman Sandre Swanson, D-Oakland, a longtime aide to Dellums when he was in Congress, said Dellums’ relation to the press may have helped create the impression that not much was being done.
“Because he doesn’t send out a press release every time he accomplishes something or works behind the scenes on something, it might go unnoticed,” he said.
I’m sorry, but I have to call bullshit on this. I get press releases from the Mayor’s office for every sad thing you could imagine, including things he had nothing to do with. The most useless examples aren’t posted on his website, but the sampling there should give you a decent idea of the sort of thing Dellums will alert the papers about. Call me cynical, but I have a really hard time imagining that Dellums is working behind the scenes, making all sorts of progress for Oakland that he won’t tell anyone about (because he’s just not that kind of guy), yet feels the need to issue media missives crowing that the City Council approved his appointments or that you can drop off donations for the Mayor’s toy drive at the Warriors game.
Of course, it isn’t particularly surprising to see a statement this out of touch coming from Sandre Swanson, the Oakland assemblyman who has said repeatedly that the “number one priority” for his constituents is local control of the school board and who was apparently unaware that the leaders of Your Black Muslim Bakery had any problems with the law as of last July.