Sunday, May 23, 2010

Worried that DeVore wouldn't beat Boxer?

Following is an edited version of a response I wrote today to someone who is reluctant to support Chuck DeVore in California's Republican U.S. Senate primary out of fear that should he win the primary he wouldn't be able to beat Senator Barbara Boxer.

. . . I thought I might write a response to your concerns. Take a look at DeVore's polling results against Boxer. Then take a look at the results of Fiorina/Boxer and Campbell/Boxer polls directly above. You will see that DeVore did not do a whole lot worse then the other two candidates did against Boxer.

I do understand what your concern is, and it is true that there are some moderates who would vote for Campbell but who wouldn't vote for DeVore. And there are probably a few voters who would vote for Fiorina but who wouldn't vote for DeVore. But there are also people who would enthusiastically vote for DeVore but who wouldn't be as excited about Campbell because of his socially liberal positions. And it appears that Fiorina has a bit of baggage from her career at HP that might not work in her favor in a race against Boxer. See this CNBC feature on "The Worst American CEOs of all time." Carly Fiorina makes the list.

I am voting for DeVore because I believe that he is the best candidate. In addition to being committed to fiscally responsible governance, he is pro-life and has conservative positions on other social issues. He also has a voting record to show how he actually votes on these types of issues. Having never held public office, Fiorina does not have this record. And Campbell does not even claim to be a social conservative.

But not only do I believe DeVore to be the best candidate, I also believe that he is able to beat Boxer. Most of the polls in the link above were designed by professional statisticians. Statistics is a reliable science, and I think the polls are a pretty accurate representation of how people would have voted on the days the polls were conducted. True, DeVore was not shown to be ahead of Boxer, but neither were either of the other candidates in most of the polls. And in the time between now and November 2, I think DeVore will be able to make up the ground.

Finally, Chuck DeVore is a charismatic conservative who has a great record and who I believe will excite the conservative base in a way that neither Fiorina nor Campbell would.

Please give DeVore another thought. I hope you will consider supporting him and giving him your vote.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Tom McClintock meets George Zimmer

This is one of two ads that the Chuck Devore campaign will be playing during Monday's (5/24/10) finale of 24. I haven't watched 24, but if you do, make sure you pay attention to the ads. This ad features Representative Tom McClintock. The other ad features Mike Huckabee, McClintock, and Dana Rohrabacher, another member of Congress from California.

You're gonna like the way DeVore votes. Tom McClintock guarantees it.

Fiorina implies endorsements from Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, National Tax-Limitation Committee, and Ben Franklin

As reported on the website of the Sacramento Bee, Carly Fiorina's campaign has sent out a mailer that can be seen as deceptive. At the top, it features a Fiorina vs. Campbell banner with the words "Conservative Leaders Speak Out" below it. Then it shows anti-Campbell quotes from the leaders of two taxpayer associations. This implies that the conservative leaders are speaking out on that Fiorina vs. Campbell race that was mentioned at the top of the mailer. And if they're criticizing Campbell, they're obviously supporting Fiorina, right? Wrong. In fact, both of these associations have endorsed Chuck DeVore, the other candidate in the race. The Bee reports that the two associations are asking Fiorina's campaign to apologize. The leader of one of the associations even accuses her campaign of trademark infringement since the association's logo was used above the quote.
The other "conservative leader" quoted on the flyer is former Alaska governor and former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. Unlike the two taxpayer associations, Palin has endorsed Fiorina. Incidentally, many conservatives are unhappy with her choice and think she should have endorsed DeVore.

Although neither the Bee nor Devore's campaign has yet mentioned it, it is interesting to note that the flyer also includes an image of Benjamin Franklin. Since Franklin has long been dead and has not endorsed anyone in over 200 years, it must be assumed that Fiorina also used his photo without his permission or his endorsement.