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Monday, August 15, 2005

CA-48: Election Date Set

Posted by Tim Tagaris

Our pal Stuart at the Political Dog Fight has the scoop on the special election dates set earlier today:

Election Dates proclaimed by Governor Muscles this morning. The General Special Election for the CA-48th will be December 6th, 2005. The Secretary of State's office determined the Primary Election shall be October 4, 2005. This has been confirmed by conversation with the Secretary of State's office and the Election Analysts.
Hopefully we can stave off a general election and win this one in the primary. With several Republicans intent on running and wingnut extraordinaire James Gilchrist of Minuteman fame weighing a run, it might be worth looking at one Democratic candidate and turning out the base like never before. But if we have more than one candidate, we might as well get eight in there to take our chances in a general election in December (not a bad time to be visiting The OC).

Posted at 06:15 PM in 2005 Elections, California, Open Seats | Technorati


Cross-posted at CA-48: Turning Orange County Blue

Background on CA-48 candidates follows. Three Republicans and two Democrats are already campaigning to succeed Chris Cox. Conservative bloggers believe an American Independent Party candidate is running as well. And a former Republican congressman may or may not soon throw his hat into the race. Finally, the DCCC is rumored to have recruited a third Democratic candidate whose name has not yet been made public.

Republican Party

State Senator John Campbell -- Anti-tax, pro-business, anti-choice, and anti-gay equality. Flip-flops on immigration. The "conservative" Republican "frontrunner." Elected to the State Senate in March of 2004 after several years in the State Assembly. Full biography here. Endorsed by Arnold Schwarzenegger, nine California Republican Congressmen, 11 State Senators, 27 State Assemblymen, the Club for Growth, the Lincoln Club of Orange County, and bloggers Hugh Hewitt and "Jubal." Full endorser list here. Campaign team includes Dave Gillard and Chris Wysocki (General Consultants) and Jim Terry (Manager).

Former State Assemblywoman Marilyn Brewer -- Pro-choice and pro-business. The Republican "moderate." Elected to the State Assembly in 1994, she was twice re-elected before being term limited-out in 2000. Full biography here. Endorsed by John McCain, Women in Leadership, and several former Assemblymen. Campaign team includes Harvey Englander (General Consultant and Direct Mail), Steve Kinney (Pollster), Tom Hammond (PAC Fundraiser), Peggy Goldwater Clay (Local Fundraiser), Frank Caterinicchio (Targeting), and Betty Presley (Treasurer).

Edward Suppe -- First-time candidate who believes "technology now allows ordinary citizens to compete with professional politicians." Computer industry businessman who volunteers for the Coast Guard.

Democratic Party

John Graham -- Pro-choice and pro-stem cell research. Position papers here. University of California at Irvine Professor. Democratic nominee in 2000, 2002, and 2004.

Steve Young -- "A fiscal conservative with Democratic ideals." Thoughts on numerous issues here. Lawyer. Endorsed by OC Grassroots, California Teachers for Excellence, and five Democratic clubs.

American Independent Party

Minutemen founder Jim Gilchrist -- Anti-immigration. Flip-flops on taxes. The wingnut. Endorsed by blogger Allan Bartlett. Campaign team includes Mary Parker-Lewis (General Consultant) and, in one capacity or another, Chuck Muth. Has retained Orange County based Bieber Communications to help with direct mail.

Other (Potential)

Former Congressman "B-1 Bob" Dornan -- Anti-choice, anti-gay, etc. The foul-mouthed far-right flame-thrower. Elected to the US House of Representatives in 1976, he was twice reelected before running unsuccessfully for US Senate in 1982. Elected again to the House in 1984, he was reelected five times before running unsuccessfully for both President and the House in 1996. Defeated again in 1998 and 2004. Full biography here.

Posted by: Sam Seaborn [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 15, 2005 08:04 PM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment

The CA-48 Team is going to make this election a fun one to watch...

They know who they are...

Posted by: TracyJoan [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 15, 2005 10:32 PM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment

We are a group of Progressive Dems that sproated from the Kerry-Edwards Grassroots group, now SoCal Grassroots. Our goal is to turn congressional districts blue from red. We are working on this campaign and would like to be in contact with Paul Hackett's group or anyother group that is interested. We start our work next weekend in Irvine, Calif. Please contact me at BlueHouse2006@aol.com

Posted by: BlueHouse2006 [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 15, 2005 11:19 PM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment

There are worse places to be for a special election in December then the OC... by the way, looks like NC may be getting its own version of Paul Hackett to challenge Robin Hayes in NC's 8th!

Posted by: realvalues [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 16, 2005 07:25 AM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment