Would Donnelly run hurt GOP in U.S. House?

Would Donnelly run hurt GOP in U.S. House?

Goldwater 64I’ve been watching political campaigns since Barry Goldwater vs. the Ogre LBJ in 1964. And this just doesn’t seem right to me. Roll Call reports on how a victory in the Top Two primary by Assemblyman Tim Donnelly over Neel Kashkari supposedly would bring out Democrats enraged by Donnelly’s anti-immigrant stance:

How the California Governor’s Race May Be a Boon for House Democrats

“‘It would be a [expletive deleted — Roll Call and the Kashkari campaign apparently are trying to attract the ‘aging hippie’ demographic by pushing ‘Woodstock‘ profanity nostalgia] disaster,’ said Jason Roe, a San Diego-based consultant who has worked with numerous congressional campaigns and whose firm is consulting for Kashkari.”

Actually, as I’ve been noting, led by the ever-savvy Gov. Jerry Brown, Democrats are running a “Morning in California” campaign touting how wise they have been in bringing prosperity back to California. It’s similar to Ronald Reagan’s 1984 “Morning in America” campaign, which led him to a landslide victory, winning 49 states, losing only opponent Walter Mondale’s home state of Minnesota and Washington, D.C., the center of the bureaucratic Godzilla that crushes all our freedoms.

Perez campaign

Let’s check another race.

Here’s former Speaker John Perez, from the front page of his website for his race for controller:

Our campaign is up on the air! This ad talks about how we’ve worked together to turn California’s fiscal picture around, and what I want to do as Controller to keep our recovery going strong. Please watch it and share it with your friends and networks!


 

“California’s economy is making a comeback, because our industries are innovating, our workers are producing and we’ve made sound policy decisions at the state level. I’m running for State Controller because sound financial stewardship remains essential to keeping our economy on track and to ensuring opportunity for middle-class families.

“I’ve spent my career fighting to promote opportunity and move California forward. As Speaker of the Assembly, I’ve worked hard to bring our state budget back in balance, promote California businesses and workers, tackle pension abuses, reinvest in our classrooms and make college more affordable for all Californians.

“Working together, we can continue to make the sound decisions that are best for our great state, and I hope to earn your support!”

See — or hear — anything about immigration there? Nope.

Yee campaign

Here’s opponent Betty Yee, also a Democrat and currently a member of the Board of Equalization, from the front page of her website:

“Welcome, and thank you for visiting my website.

“I am running for State Controller because I know strong financial leadership is critical to California’s fiscal health. It is essential to the responsiveness and effectiveness of government in delivering for the people of California.

“To the position of Controller serving as your Chief Fiscal Officer, I bring 30 years of public service experience, specializing in state and local finance and tax policy. I have earned the respect as a problem-solver of complex policy issues and have an established record of toughness, fairness, and integrity.

“Californians deserve and expect their government to be committed to the highest standards of transparency and accountability. I uphold these standards, understanding that the public’s trust and confidence of their government is paramount.

“I have had the wonderful privilege of representing the 9 million Californians in the First District of the State Board of Equalization, home to many of the vibrant industries of California’s economy: biotechnology, health care, high-tech, finance, agriculture, tourism, and more.

“As a native Californian serving in these challenging economic times, I still believe California is a place of expanding opportunities through investment in and support of public education, physical infrastructure, innovation and research, and entrepreneurship.

“To serve as your next State Controller would be an honor.”

Same thing: Nothing on immigration. Why stir up people on a “wedge issue,” as we call them in California, if you don’t have to?

The Arnold Factor

Every election is different. But this year, in addition to all their other problems, Republicans in California will have difficulty using their usual strong suit: calling for economic growth. True, growth here is slower than in Texas and other states. But comparison to 2010 is what matters.

In that, Republicans still are suffering from the disastrous governorship of Arnold Schwarzenegger, who had an “R” next to his name, but governed as a wild-spending, tax-increasing, budget-busting Democrat. It’ll take another decade before voters forget that. Assuming there’s even still a GOP in 2024.

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  1. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 25 May, 2014, 07:10

    Actually, as I’ve been noting, led by the ever-savvy Gov. Jerry Brown, Democrats are running a “Morning in California” campaign touting how wise they have been in bringing prosperity back to California.

    The honeymoon for Clown and his public trougher is over.

    Clowns giving raises to teachers, but the increases in pension costs will wipeout any net gain, they are FURIOUS!

    SF Unified wants a 3 year contract with 7% bumps every year, or 21% bump over 3 years- are they smoking crack????????????? Anyway, no net gain from any raises.

    All that Prop 30 money that was “for the kids”, well it was really for the “teachers”…and administrators.

    All we need really is one more, just a final…wait for it…TAX INCREASE and our problems will be solved. For the children or course.

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  2. Bud Led Ted S.
    Bud Led Ted S. 25 May, 2014, 10:12

    LOL Go Donnelllllly Go!!

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  3. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 25 May, 2014, 12:46

    Perez is the Democratic Donnelly…..

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  4. Donnelly Will Win
    Donnelly Will Win 25 May, 2014, 16:48

    Love how the media is spinning that a Donnelly win in June will hurt the GOP in November. In reality, the Democrats are spinning this because they know they can defeat Kashkari as a do nothing, social/liberal GOP fresh off the TARP scandals. What is going to occur, is that the ground swell from June will build beyond proportions in November to take out Brown. The strategists and pollsters under estimate the power of the people! And the PEOPLE are PISSED with business, taxes, high cost of living and gasoline as usual. Mark My Words, Donnelly Will Win!

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  5. Robert Exter
    Robert Exter 25 May, 2014, 21:17

    The way I see this is that California is at a tipping point. People in the south see more welfare dollars at work, dollars that keep the south more stable than in the north, and dollars that will soon not be so easy coming. There is a very poor immigration policy bent at increasing liberal voting power. So if the liberals win, then they will have another Detroit. I live in the north state. I’m a veteran and have seen how things have changed over time. The north state is heavy into produce where hard working people live and are the dominant voting power. That is why we are so conservative; and that is why if Donnelly or someone like him loses, we will be very forcefully bent on splitting to create a 51st state. It will not just be a ‘please can we’. It will be we are going to do it or else. Everyone thinks that it will be polite and we up here will say that we’re satisfied getting no representation. Yes; that is what is at stake here. The cities have all the legislative power and use it to tell the northern workers to produce cheaply while sticking them with regulations that make businesses fail or move. If they move, it will be to somewhere more suitable. It will not be to a California city. The people that stay will fight for their 51st state. I do believe, in the end California will bankrupt itself. I believe that it will split due to political pressure. However, if Donnelly were to become governor, then there would be a chance that California would stay in one piece during his term. California is a big state, too big. It has to split or it will fail.

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    • Rex the Wonder Dog!
      Rex the Wonder Dog! 26 May, 2014, 20:00

      That is why we are so conservative; and that is why if Donnelly or someone like him loses, we will be very forcefully bent on splitting to create a 51st state. It will not just be a ‘please can we’. It will be we are going to do it or else

      LOL..right Robert! Do you know how long we have heard chatter about splitting Krazy KA into two (2) states?? I remember it back in the 1970’s…..45 years ago!

      The last state to split was Virginia, back in 1861, 153 years ago. Not happening lil buddy.

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  6. BD
    BD 26 May, 2014, 03:14

    It would be unfortunate if California has a choice between a tax-n-spend liberal (Brown) and a bigoted conservative (Donnelly). Kashkari would be a far better alternate to Brown but if he doesn’t make the cut, Brown will defeat Donnelly in a landslide.

    The bigger question is how California can create an environment that attracts business and jobs. Gavin Newsom may be waiting in the wings but objectively who is the best person four years from now to lead assuming Brown doesn’t run again?

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  7. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 26 May, 2014, 08:37

    Teddy is the CWD Donnelly…..

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  8. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 26 May, 2014, 08:38

    Attention– PLEASE don’t feed “teddy the troll™”

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