• Carly Fiorina,  Chuck DeVore,  Dianne Feinstein,  Elizabeth Emken

    CA-Sen: Ex- California POL Chuck DeVore Cannot Let Go

    You would think this Texas living, ex-California Assemblyman would let this year’s California U.S. Senate race just happen, right?


    Chcuk DeVore went to my friend, Jon Fleischman’s site and penned this endorsement of Dan Hughes who is running in the California June Primary election for United States Senate. The incumbent is long time Democrat U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein.

    Dan’s leading opponent, Elizabeth Emken, ran for Congress in 2010 and placed fourth in a four person GOP primary despite putting in significant personal money. Emken’s biggest political contribution before that, other than to her own campaign, was the $1,000 she and her husband gave to liberal Republican-turned-Democrat Senator Arlen Specter in the year he ran against conservative champion Pat Toomey, now a U.S. Senator. Her main efforts in public policy have been to lobby to have more state government health insurance mandates – a policy that drives up the cost of insurance for all of us. In fact, she was even paid $151,486 to professionally lobby Democrat Members of Congress to expand what ObamaCare covers and what we taxpayers are on the hook for.

    Dan Hughes has been in the race only a brief time while Elizabeth Emken has been running since last year. Yet Emken has only generated around $39,000 while Hughes is the top fundraiser among Senate GOP candidates. Dan is a committed and very hard working candidate who is spending his time and money to stand up for conservative principles and take the fight to Dianne Feinstein.

    One of Hughes’ opponents on the Republican side is Elizabeth Emken, whose Senior Communications Adviser, Mark Standriff, wrote this piece in response.

    For the record:

    You remember, Chuck DeVore, the former Orange County based Assemblyman who wasted $ hundreds of thousands of Republican donors money in running a futile U.S. Senate primary race against former Rep. Tom Campbell and Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina.

    Here are the results of DeVore’s last election – the one in which he received less than 20% of the vote:

    Mark Standriff in his piece talks about SOUR GRAPES from DeVore.

    Chuck, isn’t it time to just let it go?

  • Chuck DeVore,  Josh Trevino

    Chuck DeVore Quits California – Moves to Texas

    Former California Assemblyman Chuck DeVore

    Maybe it is a case of a good job, the grass is greener over the next hill or political opportunities. In any case, former California Republican Assenblyman and U.S. Senate candidate Chuck DeVore is moving from California to Texas.

    Former GOP Assemblyman and U.S. Senate hopeful Chuck DeVore has given up his Orange County supervisor bid to move his family to Texas. While caring for aging parents was one factor in the move, the Irvine Republican also blamed California’s economic climate, writing in a statement on his website that he’s “found it hard to earn enough to support my family” since leaving office last year.

    “My old aerospace clientele has fled to greener, less-expensive pastures Combined with the drain on our savings caused by six years of public service in the Assembly, we have come to the reluctant conclusion that it is time to move,” DeVore wrote.

    DeVore has accepted a new job as a visiting scholar at the nonprofit Texas Public Policy Foundation, where he will write a book on “the Texas Model of how low taxes and low government spending, a light and predictable regulatory environment, respect for property rights, and a business-friendly legal climate has turned Texas into America’s jobs generating dynamo.”

    He won’t be the only California transplant working for the Texas Public Policy Foundation. Joshua Treviño, a former legislative and campaign aide to DeVore, serves as the institute’s director of communications.

    Well, Chuck burned his bridges in his U.S. Senate race against Carly Fiorina and his ol’ buddy Trevino left California for the Texas Public Policy Foundation after DeVore lost. So, perhaps this move is just a former employee helping his boss out getting a job.

    I suspect it is more than this though.

    DeVore had no where to go in California politics and he wants to run and hoild public office again.

    DeVore is just a POL who wants to start anew.

    Good luck, Chuck.

  • Chuck DeVore,  Frank Bailey,  Mitt Romney,  Sarah Palin

    Sarah Palin Has Aides That Like to Blab A Lot – Frank Bailey Edition

    Blind Allegiance to Sarah Palin: A Memoir of Our Tumultuous Years by Frank Bailey, Ken Morris and Jeanne Devon

    I suppose Sarah Palin probably wishes she did not share too much with Frank Bailey.

    The next big tell-all book about ex-Alaska Guv Sarah Palin drops Tuesday and the hook on “Blind Allegiance to Sarah Palin” is juicy: It is based on Palin’s own words, in the form of thousands of emails she wrote to co-author and longtime former aide Frank Bailey, a self-described Fox News-watching Republican.

    “This book is littered with her words — and we took nothing out of context,” co-author Ken Morris, a Marin County resident and self-described progressive, told Comrade Marinucci and I Monday.

    “There were so many more shocking revelations that Frank wasn’t comfortable putting in,so we didn’t. He wanted to tell the story about what was wrong as opposed to things about affairs and legitimacies and diet pills. Yes, he wants people to know what kind of person Sarah Palin is like, because that is important,” Morris said.

    Morris described Bailey as “a whistle-blower.” And his story is intended to be a warning about unvetted politicians slipping through the process. “I’m really critical of how we’re doing politics now.”

    “Sarah Palin becomes sort of symbolic of people like Donald Trump, or of anybody out there who we don’t vet properly,” Morris said. “It’s just a searing indictment of (GOP presidential nominee) John McCain. We leave no doubt that there was zero vetting” of Palin prior to her becoming the Republican VP nominee in 2008.

    Not a happy day for Sarah Palin.

    But, on the other hand, Bailey did relate that the rumors about Palin not being the mother of Trig (and her daughter Bristol was): “She did have Trig,” Morris said. “(Bailey) went to see Trig the morning of his birth.”

  • Chuck DeVore,  Mitt Romney,  Rebecca Mansour,  Sarah Palin

    Sarah Palin Has Aides That Like to Blab A Lot – Rebecca Mansour Edition

    Rebecca Mansour, who founded the website Conservatives4Palin, listens to the Former Republican vice Presidential candidate and Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin speaking at the Reagan Ranch Center in Santa Barbara, February 4, 2011

    Probably better if Rebecca Mansour would have kept her Direct Tweets to herself.

    A series of messages forwarded to The Daily Caller show a top aide to former Alaska Gov. and possible presidential candidate Sarah Palin mocking top political figures and even her boss’s own daughter, Bristol Palin.

    Red State Editor-in-Chief and CNN contributor Erick Erickson is “a total douchebag,” wrote Palin speechwriter and domestic policy adviser Rebecca Mansour in a May 22, 2010, message. “Greasy dumb ass with a talent for self-promotion. He threw himself in at the Gov’s SC rally. Self-promotion.” (Erickson said South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley invited him to the rally).

    Mitt Romney supporters are “wacky as hell,” Mansour wrote, but usually Romney’s presence online is just an “AstroTurf brigade.”

    “Would love to tell Mitt’s lackeys to stop backstabbing my boss anonymously,” Mansour wrote.

    Then-California Senate candidate Chuck DeVore “wants to be the next Hugh Hewitt (or Huckabee). He knows he can’t win. He wants to become a ‘personality’. Give him a show to go away,” Mansour wrote. Palin endorsed Carly Fiorina over DeVore in the GOP primary for the race, angering some conservatives.

    Talking about the bosses daughter, Bristol, is certainly something Mansour have kept to herself. And, even though she is probably correct about Romney and DeVore, it would probably be better not to memorlaize those thoughts in writing or via any electronic device.

    Not a happy day for Sarah Palin.

  • Chuck DeVore,  Dianne Feinstein

    Chuck DeVore to Challenge Senator Dianne Feinstein in 2012?

    chuckdevoretweets CA Sen: Chuck DeVore Preparing to Run for Irvine City Council?

    Termed out California Assemblyman Chuck DeVore

    Yes, and I received an e-mail from Chuckles last week saying he will be running for something in 2012 and asking for money to get his California state campaign account out of debt.

    If he thinks he can beat long time Senator Dianne Feinstein who chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee, he is suffering from delusions of grandeur. Even the LEFT is skeptical and they are not greats fans of DiFi.

    Despite getting only a small vote share in the GOP Senate primary this year (as conservatives decided to go with the slightly-more-electable Carly Fiorina), Chuck DeVore is talking Senate again, for 2012, when Dianne Feinstein will presumably run for re-election. Or is he? All he’s saying is that he’s likely to run in 2012, but hasn’t decided what office. Senate is the only thing that’s available, though, which makes his statement seem kind of strange (unless he’s talking about trying to rejoin the state Assembly). If Barbara Boxer could still win by 10 points in a terrible year, the more-popular Feinstein in a presidential year is an even more daunting target, meaning that DeVore may be the only prominent GOPer crazy enough to take on the task.

  • Barbara Boxer,  Carly Fiorina,  Chuck DeVore,  Jesse Kelly,  Sarah Palin

    CA-Sen: Arizona GOP Candidate Disses Sarah Palin and Carly Fiorina For Selling Out Principles

    At a fundraiser meet and greet in East Tucson. Jesse Kelly is asked if Sarah Palin should run for president given her endorsement of John McCain. What follows is Jesse Kelly explaining his “disappointment” in Sarah.

    The guy is obviously an idiot.

    If you watched the clips carefully you hear Mr. Kelly express his disappointment in Governor Palin for choosing to get behind candidates that will, in his words, “sell our principle’s down the river.” He then goes on to smear Governor Palin by suggesting that her motives for choosing these candidates are driven by selfish political gain.

    By the way, with Carly Fiorina leading Far Left Senator Barbara Boxer, does anyone REALLY think that little known and underfunded Chuck DeVore would be in a better position than Carly?

    Answer: Nobody

    It’s as mild a knock on Palin as you can get, though: He really likes her but he can’t stomach the Fiorina endorsement, even though for the moment Carly’s nomination looks like it’ll pay huge dividends for the GOP. (Anyone seriously believe the more right-wing, less well funded Chuck DeVore would fare as well in a California general election?) What you’re seeing here, I think, is the downside to Palin’s most remarkable talent — convincing her most devoted supporters that she’s not actually a politician but rather some sort of avatar of conservatism and guileless authenticity for whom self-interest and strategy never enter the equation. She bet on Fiorina because she
    thought Fiorina could win, because it helps her brand of supporting conservative women, and, perhaps, because backing a perceived moderate might help to soften her own media-driven image as some sort of right-of-Buchanan Bircher/theocrat hybrid. Kelly thinks she should have backed DeVore because, well, he was the “true conservative” in the race and that’s all that matters, even though it wasn’t all that matters to Palin.

  • Carly Fiorina,  Chuck DeVore,  Tom Campbell

    CA-Sen Poll Watch: Carly Fiorina Up Big With 54%, Tom Campbell 19%, Chuck DeVore 16%

    Carly Fiorina, a candidate for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate, speaks to reporters in front of the county building Monday, June 7, 2010 in San Diego. At left, San Diego city council member Carl DeMaio looks on, with Escondido Mayor Lori Holt Pfeiler, right. Fiorina is battling former Congressman Tom Campbell and Assemblyman Chuck DeVore for the opportunity to challenge incumbent, Democrat Barbara Boxer. AP Photo

    The latest and final Magellan Data and Mapping Strategies poll has Carly Fiorina up big.

    Looking at the changes in the US Senate contest, Carly Fiorina’s campaign has increased her support by 10 points, up from 44%, Tom Campbell has dropped 2 points from 21% to 19% and Chuck Devore has increased by 2 points, up from 14%. Other candidate support has decreased 2 points to 5%, and undecided voters has decreased 8 points from 14%.

    Here is the composite Pollster graph:

    This race is over.

    Put a fork in Chuck DeVore and Tom Campbell – they are done.

    Tom Campbell can make plans to go back to Chapman Law School and Chuck DeVore (the termed out California Assemblyman) can run for the City of Irvine Mayor or City Council.

    Bring on Barbara Boxer………

  • Carly Fiorina,  Chuck DeVore,  Tom Campbell

    CA-Sen Poll Watch: Carly Fiorina 37% Tom Campbell 22% Chuck DeVore 19%

    senaterepublicans CA-Sen Poll Watch: Campbell 32.6% Fiorina 28.2%  <br/> DeVore 15.3%

    California U.S. Senate candidates Tom
    Campbell, Carly Fiorina and Chuck DeVore

    The latest California Field Poll released late Friday night has Carly Fiorina leading the U.S. Senate field by 15 points.

    Carly Fiorina has a 15-point lead on Tom Campbell in the final days of the GOP Senate primary.

    The poll found Fiorina has the support of 37 percent of GOP primary voters, with 22 percent of respondents backing Campbell. Irvine Assemblyman Chuck DeVore came in a close third with 19 percent support, with 20 percent still undecided.

    Forty-two percent of GOP respondents said Fiorina was the best bet for defeating Democratic U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer in the fall, with Campbell and DeVore polling at 22 percent and 12 percent, respectively.

    That could be a blow to Campbell’s recent pitch that he’s better poised to beat Boxer, a claim he made based on the results of hypothetical match-ups in the recent USC-LA Times poll.

    The poll surveyed 511 likely GOP primary voters between May 27 and June 2. The margin of sampling error is plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.

    Here is the poll and some statistical tabulations prepared by the Sacramento Bee.

    It appears this race is all but over.

    Carly Fiorina is “on air” and have seen her television ads multiple times today. Campbell and DeVore have not had the resources to compete with the Fiorina media onslaught.

    Chuck DeVore and Tom Campbell have failed California Politics 101 where the trusim of money being the “Mother’s Milk of Politics” is especially evident.

  • Carly Fiorina,  Chuck DeVore,  Tom Campbell

    CA-Sen: Carly Fiorina Takes Big Lead Over Tom Campbell and Chuck DeVore is Toast

    senaterepublicans CA-Sen Poll Watch: Campbell 32.6% Fiorina 28.2%   DeVore 15.3%

    California U.S. Senate candidates Tom Campbell, Carly Fiorina and Chuck DeVore

    Graphic courtesy of Calbuzz

    Yes, a fairly substantial lead that has been sustained now in three recent surveys.

    A new Magellan Strategies poll in California confirms other recent surveys which show Carly Fiorina (R) has surged into the lead for the Republican Senate nomination.

    Fiorina leads with 44%, while Tom Campbell (R) is at 21% and Chuck DeVore is at 14%.

    The poll:

    Obviously, Carly Fiorina has SURGED into a convincing lead as California voters participate in early and absentee ballot voting.

    Survey results from the US Senate ballot test show Carly Fiorina with a 23 point lead over former Congressman Tom Campbell 44% to 21% and Assemblyman Chuck DeVore with 14%. Seven percent support another candidate, and 14% of voters are undecided. Support for Carly Fiorina has surged 24 points since our last survey on February 25th from 20% to 44%, and Tom Campbell’s support has declined 12 points from 33% to 21%. Chuck DeVore has made a small gain among men, increasing his support by 3 points from 11% to 14%.

    Looks like Tom Campbell is collapsing as Independent Expenditure Committees run ads against him and Chuck Devore is a NEVER-WAS. With DeVore at only 7 points above another candidate and 30 points behind Fiorina, his candidacy is TOAST.

    But, the race is fluid – so stay tuned……

  • Carly Fiorina,  Chuck DeVore,  Tom Campbell

    CA-Sen Poll Watch: Carly Fiorina SURGES Into the Lead and Chuck DeVore Becomes An “Other”

    From the latest Survey USA Poll

    This is hilarious. LOST ended last night but “The Others” are still around. Namely IT is California Assemblyman Chuck DeVore who is polling so low that ABC News Los Angeles does not name him anymore.

    In the meantime, Carly Fiorina has SURGED to a commanding lead in this race.

    CA Republicans Whitman & Fiorina Surge; Air Goes Out of Poizner Statehouse Balloon; Campbell’s Train to DC Stalls: California’s Republican primary contests for Governor and US Senator have sea-sawed, according to new SurveyUSA polling conducted for KABC-TV Los Angeles, KPIX-TV San Francisco, KGTV-TV San Diego, and KFSN-TV Fresno.

    In the Republican primary for US Senator, support for former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina is up sharply in the past 2 weeks, from 24% on 05/10/10 to 46% today 05/24/10. Fiorina’s support has more than doubled among women, seniors, Hispanics, the less educated, and in the Inland Empire. During these 2 weeks, Former Congressman Tom Campbell’s support dropped 12 points, from 35% on 05/10/10 to 23% today 05/24/10.

    Looks like DeVore’s electoral support will end up less than 20 per cent (14 % in this poll). Tom Campbell has collapsed into the 20th percentile while Carly Fiorina gathers up the rest.

    Plus, Carly is continuing her heavy advertising media blitz, including television.

    Looks like a strong finish for the former Hewlett-Packard CEO.