48th Congressional Race
I am disappointed at the quality of the candidates for the 48th district. Congressional seat nowadays is kind of like a 10 to 20 year appointment and I was looking forward to better person to emerge for the seat.
The “movement” needs at least one bomb thrower from Orange County like Dannemeyer or Dornan. I have a bad feeling we will be stuck with a country club Republican (in the old days, we called them “Rockefeller Republican”). At least movement conservatives would have had a seat at the table with Dick Ackerman without having to be rich.
It looks like the top three candidates are John Campbell, Marilyn C. Brewer, and Jim Gilchrist.
Jim Gilchrist, I believe, is the conservative in the race. If I was living in the district, would I vote for him first time around? Maybe.
Gilchrist major draw back is his campaign team and he is not a polished candidate. I have heard reports of him saying dumb things like, “I support the unions” in context of Prop. 75.
Taken out of context, he could be labeled a union goon, but what he meant was he supports the Proposition 75 because it protects union membership from their dues being used without their permission for political purposes, hence, he “supports the union membership” by giving them added protection. His much publicized “tax the rich” reference was also taken out of context. But at this point, unless Jim raises money and hires a better team, he is going no where.
It is a big shame since Gilchrist is one of the most sought after endorsements to Rep candidates across the country. For the sake of his movement, he better finish third place or higher or he jeopardizes the movement he started by being marginalized.
Only difference between Marilyn Brewer vs. John Campbell is Marilyn is honest about the abortion issue. John Campbell might give a good lip service on abortion but can anyone honestly say he is ideologically grounded on the issue or willing to risk himself politically for it? If the answer is yes, why are New Majority or the Generation Next crowd supporting him? Hmm???
I believe, like Spitzer, if he lived in a different area dominated by Dems, he would be a “conservative” pro-choice Democrat that votes the right way on all business issues.
Brewer or Campbell will tow the Republican line on all the economic issues in congress (I am not saying this is good thing). Brewer's record in the Assembly makes my point. It will make me sick if Campbell turns this race into “I am a conservative and Brewer is a moderate.”
They both are moderates.