links for 2010-02-17

  • San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom has filed initial paperwork to run for lieutenant governor.

    According to forms filed with the Secretary of State's office Wednesday, Newsom took the first steps to becoming a statewide candidate again.

    Newsom has said he is keeping his options open after dropping out of the gubernatorial race. He faced tough odds against Attorney General Jerry Brown, who is expected to declare his candidacy in the next few weeks.

    Newsom is best known for approving same-sex marriages in his famously liberal hometown.

    He would compete against state Sen. Dean Florez and Los Angeles City Councilwoman Janice Hahn for the Democratic nomination.
    The GOP better shore up its candidates

    (tags: gavin_newsom)
  • Yesterday, I reminded you about the pan-terrorist “record” of liberal Republican Tom Campbell, a very wealthy man who is running for the U.S. Senate from California. I’ve been on the case of Campbell–an open supporter of a ton of Islamic terrorists and terrorist groups, and an avowed enemy of Israel–for years. Unfortunately, he keeps rearing his ugly head because Republicans and Jewish Republicans continue to look the other way and even promote him.
    After I posted the item, I heard from a friend, who is very much a person in the know. I can’t say more other than the person is eminently reliable and informed. This is a MUST-READ for anyone considering voting for Tom Campbell in the event he is the Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate against incumbent Democrat Barbara Boxer.

    I have just finished reading your posting on Tom Campbell.

    On or about August 30, 2000, the American Muslim Association had a convention in Irvine, Ca. at a hotel.
    Read it all

  • As backers of Jerry Brown gear up their efforts to take on Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman, more of Whitman's backers are urging Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner to fold his gubernatorial campaign in the name of "unity."

    An e-mail released this morning from three state lawmakers who were backing Whitman said the time had come for Poizner to step aside.

    "Democrats have made it clear they will do whatever it takes to help the faltering campaign of Steve Poizner, but we cannot let that happen," said the e-mail, signed by Assembly members Jim Nielsen (R-Yuba City), Connie Conway (R-Tulare) and Sen. Mark Wyland (R-Escondido). "It's time for Steve to do the right thing, step aside and join us in supporting Meg Whitman so we can stop Jerry Brown in November and end business as usual in Sacramento."

    The e-mail was met with an angry response from Poizner's campaign.

  • GOP leaders in Washington are pushing the Senate candidacy of Carly Fiorina, former chief executive of Hewlett-Packard, in California, where they hope Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer is vulnerable.

    Ms. Fiorina is opposed in the GOP primary by former Rep. Tom Campbell and State Assemblyman Chuck DeVore. Party leaders say privately they wonder if Mr. DeVore, a staunch conservative, in particular would have the funds or the appeal to win statewide. Mr. DeVore, in an interview, strongly disputed that view.

    Chuck DeVore and Tom Campbell have a decided financial disadvantage as compared to Carly Fiorina

  • CPAC hasn’t even officially started and already its making news. Mediaite has learned that leading center-right web site Hot Air has been acquired by Salem Communications for an undisclosed sum. Sources close to the deal claim that Michelle Malkin, the conservative pundit and sole owner of Hot Air, has been in talks with Salem for some time, but the announcement was timed to coincide with the Conservative Political Action Conference, which opens tomorrow in Washington D.C.
    Good for Michelle and good for Salem Communications
  • Nothing official yet, but San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom is putting together a campaign team for a possible run for lieutenant governor and will probably submit a ballot statement today to go in the state voter guide.

    Expected onboard the new effort: Sacramento consultant Jason Kinney, Internet organizer Theo Yedinksy and former mayoral spokesman Peter Ragone.

    As in his aborted campaign for governor, Newsom's biggest challenges would be raising money – not his strong suit – and selling himself to a statewide voting public more centrist than he's accustomed to in San Francisco.
    Teamed up with Ol' Crusty Jerry Brown it will be the young and the old. And, all left all of the time.

  • In its first on-air foray — a 30-second radio ad attacking Meg Whitman — an independent Democratic group is being accused of meddling in the Republican gubernatorial primary and favoring Whitman's GOP opponent Steve Poizner.

    The group, Level The Playing Field 2010, released the radio ad Tuesday that directly attacks Whitman for planning to spend her personal fortune to win the governorship.

    "She's threatening to spend one hundred and fifty million dollars to crown herself governor," a woman's voice intones.

    The ad, and where it was placed — stations that cater to conservative listeners — convinced Whitman's campaign that Brown's supporters are trying to pick sides in the GOP primary.
    Just like the Dems did with Riordan and Simon years ago. They realize Whitman is a stronger candidate against ol Crusty Jerry Brown and his likely partner Gavin Newsom

  • "The fact that Boxer's support has been stuck in the mid-40s for several surveys no matter which Republican she is matched against continues to suggest that the race for now is about her rather than about those who are running against her," Rasmussen Reports states.

    Boxer's been there before, running poorly in pre-election polls but has always managed to win, sometimes by a little, sometimes by a lot. What puts her on the endangered list this year is the very sour attitude of voters toward all incumbents, regardless of party.

    "All national and state incumbents are in trouble with registered voters in California, but incumbents in California are especially held in low regard," another polling outfit, El Cajon-based Datamar, says in its analysis of recent data. "More than half of all respondents want incumbents in California voted out of office in the next election, with Republicans and independents leading the charge."
    Independent voters will decide this race.