Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Jeffrey's June 2010 Primary ballot

Here are photos of my ballot as I filled it out for this election. Click on each of the two photos to view it more closely.

The race I am most interested in is the Republican primary for U.S. Senate.  I voted for Chuck DeVore, whom I have met and heard speak several times.  Assemblyman DeVore is both a fiscal and social conservative.  And he has demonstrated his values during his 5 years in the state Assembly.  His opponent Tom Campbell does not have the same socially conservative principles that DeVore has.  And although Carly Fiorina claims to be a social and fiscal conservative, she has never been in office and therefore has no record to prove her values.  Also, I believe her record from her time as CEO of Hewlett Packard would prove to be a detriment in a race against Barbara Boxer.  After all, Barbara Boxer has never been put by CNBC in a list of Worst American CEOs of All Time.  I strongly endorse Chuck DeVore for U.S. Senate.  I hope you will join me in voting for him.

Although I am voting in the Republican primary, there is at least one Democratic race I wish I could vote in.  The race for California Assembly in the 7th District is very contested.  Noreen Evans has termed out and is running for State Senate this year.  Were I registered as a Democrat, I would vote for Lee Pierce in this race.  Although I have voted for Doris Gentry in the Republican primary, and although I plan to support her in November, due to the makeup of this district it is very likely that the winner of the Democratic primary will also win the election.  If you are voting in the Democratic primary in this district, I encourage you to support Mr. Pierce with your vote.

Finally, I suppose I should explain why I voted for Orly Taitz in the Republican primary for CA Secretary of State.  I will give you an explanation in a blog post later this evening.  Until then, make sure you vote.  And support DeVore.  If you have any questions or comments, post a comment at the bottom of this post.  And if you are wondering how I would vote in any other races, ask me.

Jeffrey


Saturday, June 5, 2010

Mazzia for Judge mailer

The other day, I received in the mail a large postcard-type mailer from the Chris Mazzia for Judge 2010 campaign. Chris Mazzia is running for the open Office #3 spot in the Sonoma County Superior Court. (No, that was not a hidden ad for OpenOffice, which I do not use anyway.) The other candidate in the race is Jamie Thistlethwaite, who wisely used only her first name in the URL of her campaign site. One side of the mailer pro-Mazzia. The other side is anti-Thistlethwaite. In large letters, it says, "Don't Take Thistlethwaite's Bait" and "Jamie Thistlethwaite is trying to lure your vote." Above is a picture of a fishing lure disguised as a small fish. Below are the words "Her Real Record?" followed by three "Claims" made about Thistlethwaite's campaign and the "Truth."

The first of these is rather bizarre. It says:
Claims: She is a "Criminal Law Attorney"
Truth: She is a Criminal Defense Attorney

Huh? The last I heard, a criminal law attorney was someone who practices criminal law. And it does seem that a criminal defense attorney practices criminal law. What other type of law would a criminal defense attorney practice?

It is true that Thistlethwaite did not specify that she is a defense attorney in the title she chose to appear below her name on the ballot. But she also did not in any way misrepresent herself in the title. I have no problem with Chris Mazzia pointing out that his opponent is a defense attorney. She even mentions on her websit that she worked in the Sonoma County Public Defender's office for ten years before going into private law practice. But I do not see why Mazzia needed to imply that she was misrepresenting herself in her ballot title.

Incidentally, I have been leaning toward voting for Mazzia. So I am not just trying to promote Thistlethwaite's campaign.