Sunday, August 14, 2005


At first considered a strong contender to take the seat back and essentially a sure-fire winner in the Primary, 2004 nominee Greg Hill has dropped out of the race for AD53.

As this article from the Daily Breeze speculates, Hill may have opted to drop out due to immense Party pressure to clear the way for Mary Jo Ford, an unknown quantity in Republican circles until recently, when she approached Party leaders about her willingness to drop half a mil into the race…And as the GOP Caucus works these days, money speaks more loudly than pesky things like qualifications or experience.

So, with GOP consultant Steve Presson at the helm and Assemblyman Van Tran COS Paul Hegyi taking care of things in-district, we’ll see if this “alternative medicine” doc can do what the reality show star (and oh ya, Redondo Beach Mayor) Hill could not – put AD53 in the GOP column.

Of note: while the Dems have cleared the field for former Gordon Campaign Manager Ted Lieu, GOP leaders have yet been unable to dissuade Paul Nowotka from running.

I would love to hear from any of the participants in this race: Presson, Hegyi, Nowotka consultant Jim Nygren, (former) Hill manager Mike Richman, or (f0rmer) Hill consultant Tim Clark on this matter - please email your insights. We would love to be made the wiser.


At 8/14/2005 8:11 AM, Blogger Charlie Regan said...

Did Kevin McCarthy allow Mary Jo Ford's big bucks to blind him to reality on this one? Dr. Ford is a wealthy "pain management" specialist in Beverly Hills who has never been active in politics - sounds like a potential opp. research nightmare for the GOP.

At 8/14/2005 6:10 PM, Blogger Pete St. John said...

Pete's elves report that Leader McCarthy must've seen numbers that really didn't bode well for Greg Hill.

Word is that prior to McCarthy's newfound enfatuation with Ms. Ford, he had personally recruited Paul Nowatka to run, hooked him up with Jim Nygren, and had set him in motion to become the Party's nominee.

I guess Kevin just isn't a reality tv fan!

At 8/14/2005 6:15 PM, Anonymous charlie regan said...

So then why not stay with Nowatka? Hill was polling 10 points over Lieu according to their press releases.

At 8/14/2005 6:35 PM, Blogger Pete St. John said...

I would like to know the answer to that question... Why NOT stay with Nowatka?

As the Caucus is hurting for bucks, did the prospect of a self-funding candidate weigh larger than any other factors?

Does Kevin not believe we can win this seat under any circumstances, and so figures that not having to expend any of his own bucks wins out over any other consideration?

I'm most curious.

At 8/14/2005 7:06 PM, Anonymous charlie regan said...

Well, why Nowatka over Hill?
Isn't that curious? What is going on down there?

At 8/14/2005 8:27 PM, Blogger Charlie Regan said...

Please note that the last two posts under my name (6:15) AND (7:06) were not made by me.
Charlie Regan

At 8/14/2005 9:29 PM, Blogger Pete St. John said...

Funny. I didn't know Mark Abernathy checked the blogs!

I guess when you criticize Kevin, his trolls try impersonating you!

Good to know!

At 8/14/2005 9:33 PM, Blogger Governor Pacheco said...

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At 8/21/2005 12:17 AM, Blogger Beat Lieu said...

Seems like beating Lieu is less important than the caucus not having to fund the race. Now the race boils down to:
1) Hill - high name rec, dropped out, but name is still on ballot.
2) Nowatka - bio of local district service solid as a rock. Respected across party lines for cross-over perceived as the conservative despite being moderate.
3) Whitehead. Teacher with no experience, no base and no money.
4) Ford. Doc with money and involvement so thin, her lit says she is a member of the national geographic society. (Don't get me wrong - I used to subscribe to the mag too, but I never considered it community service to read it).

This says one thing. The caucus is not interested in serving the people of the 53rd. I am guessing the 20% of local voters that vote on 9/13, will be disgusted by the SAC machine picking candidates - the impetus for redistricting initiative.

Result: Hill wins anyway and Lieu takes 50%. Sad day. Are we fiddling or meddling while Torrance burns?

At 8/31/2005 12:37 PM, Blogger joedem-1956-4 said...

We're meddling! I know I'm personally going to call Kev-o and thank him for Money Jo coming out so strong in this race. She's like pennies from heaven. Literally!

I've been doing some googling ... and I see that when I search on "Ted Lieu" mostly everything that comes up is from some type of Asian press. When I search on "Mary Jo Ford" something about Mary Jo Buttafuco and Amy Fisher comes up. When I search on "Paul Nowatka" information about this race and his community work comes up.

Can't the machine do anything better with "product placement"?

At 10/07/2005 1:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good riddance to Greg Hill. I am glad his campaign ended in failure. I never heard of the idiot till he started spamming me.

I don't live in California. If I did, I would gladly vote for his opponent in any election for any office.


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