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John Garamendi supported President Obama’s failed stimulus, which took bets with taxpayer money and recently lost $535 million on the Solyndra scandal.

California Democrat Rep. John Garmaendi has a Solyndra problem and the NRCC (National Republican Congressional Committee) is calling him and President Obama out.
The National Republican Congressional Committee is sending an early signal that it intends to compete in California in 2012.

The committee is launching an ad Thursday against Rep. John Garamendi, a Democrat serving his first full term and running in the redrawn, Sacramento-area 3rd district. His district got considerably more competitive in the state’s independent redistricting process, and he was outraised by his Republican opponent in the third quarter.

The 60-second ad, which launches Thursday and will run on cable for two weeks, ties Garamendi to President Barack Obama and his support for Solyndra, a California-based solar power company that went bankrupt after receiving a $535 million federal loan guarantee.

“John Garamendi supported the Obama policy that loaned Solyndra money,” the announcer says in the ad. “Garamendi backed Obama’s failed stimulus economic policy. John Garamendi and President Obama are making our economy worse.”

Garamendi’s top GOP opponent is Colusa County Supervisor Kim Dolbow Vann, who raised $125,000 in the third quarter and had nearly all of that left in the bank at the end of September. Garamendi raised just $93,000 and had $113,000 in cash on hand.

The district is one of six potential California targets for the NRCC. Democrats are still expected to gain seats in the state next year, but how many will depend on whether the GOP can pick up some of the more competitive districts such as the 3rd.

It should be an interesting Congressional election season with the new Congressional districts drawn by a citizen’s commission. Also, the top two vote getters in the June primary election, then move on to the general election in the Fall.

Obviously, the NRCC views Garamendi, a long-time Democratic POL in California, as vulnerable.

And, he may very well be, especially of voter turn out for President Obama is low.

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Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. talks with Central Intelligence Agency Director nominee Leon Panetta on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Feb. 6, 2009, prior to the start of Panetta’s nomination hearing before the committee. Feinstein initally voiced concerns over Panetta’s appointment.

This is not too much of a surprise. In a previous poll, it is apparent that California voters like Feinstein and prefer her over the rest of the Democrat field.

The poll results:

  • U.S.Senator Dianne Feinstein: 36%
  • Attorney General Jerry Brown: 14%
  • San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom: 9%
  • Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa: 9%
  • Lt. Gov. John Garamendi: 4%
  • Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell: 3%
  • Ex-Controller Steve Westly: 1%
  • Undecided: 22%

But will the DiFi run for Governor? She is 75 years old and is the new Chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee. Jerry Brown is definitely running but can Feinstein who has always coveted the Governorship ignore these poll results?

Stay tuned…….


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California Superintendent of Public Instruction, Jack O’Connell

Jack O’Connell gets a mention in today’s Dan Walter’s column.

Of course, Jack will test the waters burning Reed Hasting’s money but others also will:

  • Jerry Brown – current California Attorney General, former Mayor of Oakland and former California Governor.
  • Steve Westly – former California Controller who lost to Phil Angelides last year in the Democrat primary for Governor.
  • Phil Angelides – former California Treasurer and Democrat Party Chairman who lost to Arnold Schwarzenegger last year in the general election.
  • Gavin Newsom – current Mayor of San Francisco who admits to sleeping with his campaign manager’s wife and carrying on a sordid affair.
  • Antonio Villaraigosa – current Mayor of Los Angeles who admits to an affair with Mirthala Salinas, a Telemundo political reporter and who is in the middle of a nasty divorce.
  • John Garramendi – current Lt. Governor of California who many Democrat activists describe as yesterday’s news.
  • Bill Lockyer – current California Treasurer and former California Attorney General who flirted with the race against the Governator last year but was scared out by Angelides and Westly or was it Arnold’s poll numbers?.

So, who has the campaign resources to compete against high profile Jerry Brown?

Steve Westly

Stay tuned……

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The Sacramento Bee has picked up on Anthony York’s scoop on California Superinendent of Public Instruction’s Jack O’ Connell’s foray into 2010 Gubernatorial politics.

The story:

Reed Hastings, the founder and CEO of Netflix has deposited almost $ 1 million into an independent expenditure account to propel O’Connell into the Governor’s race in 2010.

O’Connell is termed out in 2010 after serving eight years as California’s school chief.

The quotes:

“Jack and Reed have a long history together,” said Mollie Culver, a political adviser to O’Connell. “A lot of Jack’s supporters have encouraged him to look at all of his options, including running for governor.”

Culver said fundraising is “always a major challenge, and it is very nice to have such friends encouraging him.”

The probable opposition:

  • Jerry Brown – current California Attorney General, former Mayor of Oakland and former California Governor.
  • Steve Westly – former California Controller who lost to Phil Angelides last year in the Democrat primary for Governor.
  • Phil Angelides – former California Treasuerer and Democrat Party Chairman who lost to Arnold Schwarzengger last year in the general election.
  • Gavin Newsom – current Mayor of San Francisco who admits to sleeping with his campaign manager’s wife and carrying on a sordid affair.
  • Antonio Villaraigosa – current Mayor of Los Angeles who admits to an affair with Mirthala Salinas, a Telemundo political reporter and who is in the middle of a divorce.
  • John Garramendi – current Lt. Governor of California who many Democrat activists describe as yesterday’s news.

The $992,220 in stock from Hastings would have to be spent independently of any organized campaign to elect O’Connell governor. O’Connell presently has a little less than $1 million of cash on hand with no debt in his own campaign account.

Will this be a serious candidacy?

Yes, until Jerry Brown enters the race and dries up ALL of the union money.

Stay tuned…….

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Senator Feinstein meets with Mayor Jerry Brown of Oakland, California and Mayor Gavin Newsom of San Francisco, California.

Philip J. Trounstine, the former communications director for Gov. Gray Davis, hints at THE POSSIBLITY of the idea of a recycled Governor Moonbeam in 2010. Remember that Gray Davis is Brown’s former Gubernatorial Chief of Staff.

Brown, a former Governor in the 1970’s is immune from term limits and could seek two more terms as California’s Governor. If elected, Brown, would be 72 years old when taking office.

Remember that current Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger who replaced Governor Gray Davis when he was recalled is termed out and cannot by law run for re-election.

Let’s look at the race.

Can Attorney General Brown win the Democrat primary?

Possible

Who will be his opposition:

Steve Westly – former California Controller who lost to Phil Angelides last year in the Democrat primary for Governor.

Phil Angelides – former California Treasuerer and Democrat Party Chairman who lost to Arnold Schwarzengger last year in the general election.

Gavin Newsom – current Mayor of San Francisco who admits to sleeping with his campaign manager’s wife and carrying on a sordid affair.

Antonio Villaraigosa – current Mayor of Los Angeles who admits to an affair with Mirthala Salinas, a Telemundo political reporter and who is in the middle of a divorce.

John Garramendi – current Lt. Governor of California who many Democrat activists describe as yesterday’s news.

Jack O’Connell – current California Superintendent of Public Instruction who has limited statewide name recognition.

So, does former Governor Moonbeam Moonbat have a shot with the Democrats?

You bet

In the general election against moderate Republican Steve Poizner who is currently the California Insurance Commissioner, the race would be more difficult. Poizner has youth and the money to pound Brown on Rose Bird, the Death Penalty and other Brown oddities.

On the bright side, Flap would enjoy the race because of:

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Yeah, Flap, knows Brown is NOW married. But, I bet Linda comes out and sings a few sets for the AG – and how about the Eagles too?

Stay tuned……..


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