Wednesday, September 14, 2005

McCarthy Should Resign

It is time for Republicans in the State Assembly to stand up to GOP leader Kevin McCarthy and demand his resignation.

Yesterday in the 53rd Assembly District Special Election we saw the end of the McCarthy backed candidate, Dr. Mary Jo Ford. She was trounced in the primary election by Democrat Ted Lieu. The Dem got almost 60% of the vote.

Obviously, this a Democratic district. Last year, GOP candidate Greg Hill got 42% of the vote. When the incumbent died, Greg Hill announced he would run again. This made political sense. Over a million dollars was spent trying to elect him last time. Lots of name identification, and organization etc...

McCarthy can't have that. Let's try a no-name doctor with bad political skills instead (scroll down for the AIP story). Remember, when Republicans did better in low turnout special elections.

McCarthy managed to do worse.

Last year not one district changed hands. I know redistricting is a problem, but McCarthy is responsible for bad candidates and bad spending decisions. Some races that were "close" turned out to be landslided with money diverted from better targets.

Add in how he twisted arms of Republicans to support a budget that had the third highest increase in government spending.

It is time for McCarthy to do the honorable thing and resign. If not? Time for a coup!

32 Comments:

At 9/14/2005 6:58 AM, Blogger Charlie Regan said...

The General is right. When are Caucus members going to tire of sending countless thousands of dollars to losers like Dean Gardner, Tricia Hunter and Mary Jo Ford, only to be completely embarrassed on Election Day.

Every major campaign move McCarthy has made since becoming leader has gone sour. It's time for him to go.

 
At 9/14/2005 8:07 AM, Anonymous slob rutzman said...

Don't you get it? It's all part of the campaign for Prop. 77.

If a seat changed hands we would lose the "no seats changed hands" talking point.

This week, McCarthy will say it's the lines' fault his candidate didn't win. It had nothing to do with the quality of the candidates he has backed.

 
At 9/14/2005 11:02 AM, Anonymous McCarthy Sucks said...

1) Running the CYR Inc into the ground? $100,000

2) Backing Dean Gardner and Alan Wapner in 2004? $2,000,000

3) Losing every GOP Assembly race he touches? PRICELESS!!!

 
At 9/14/2005 12:44 PM, Anonymous Throw the bums out!!!! said...

I never thought I would be saying this but, Oh how a long for the days of Dave Cox as leader!

At least we won a few.

 
At 9/14/2005 2:18 PM, Anonymous Nooooooo! said...

Dave Cox is responsible along with McCarthy for the Dean Gardner fiasco. Between the incompetence of Assembly Reps and the Schwarzenegger "team" the GOP in this state is imploding.

 
At 9/14/2005 2:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What did Nunez do to get Aldinger out of the race?

 
At 9/14/2005 2:38 PM, Anonymous Wacky Tobacky said...

incontenance or incompetence?

HA!

 
At 9/14/2005 3:02 PM, Anonymous hmmm said...

slob has a huge point, it's a huge stretch but a point no less...

 
At 9/14/2005 3:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cox may hold some resposibility for the Gardner mess on round one, but the second time it was all McCarthy, and despite losing the first round with Gardner we did pick up two seats that year.

 
At 9/14/2005 3:34 PM, Anonymous Snake Eyes said...

Hey General - You started a trend. Kudos to you!

 
At 9/14/2005 4:28 PM, Anonymous B-Town Politics said...

McCarthy and his cronies in Bakersfield withheld funding from Dean Gardner in his first run for Assembly. Partly because his wife was annoying and partly because he didn't fall on their side of the Republical Political fence. There is no excuse for with holding funds for both of those reasons, we could have taken that seat the first time and if the B-town Thomas/McCarthy political machine had pitched in it would have happened. Bottom line.

 
At 9/14/2005 4:33 PM, Anonymous Throw the Bums out said...

Here is an idea for the next "McCarthy Leadership Series"

How you can lose an election by 40 points and still think your sh*t don't stink.

 
At 9/14/2005 4:34 PM, Anonymous Recall McCarthy stickers? said...

So who is printing the "Recall McCarthy" lapel stickers for the weekend's convention?

We need some good old YAF/YRFC vs. CYR action.

 
At 9/14/2005 4:38 PM, Blogger Cathleen Gagliani said...

Over at Hack n Flak we have started the McCarthy Death Watch. Currently Chuck Devore leads for replacement with other names being bantered as well.

http://www.hacknflak.blogspot.com/

 
At 9/14/2005 5:38 PM, Blogger Senator McCarthy said...

Kevin,

For my name sake, if you are going down, go down swinging.

 
At 9/14/2005 5:52 PM, Anonymous Steve Poizner is the Next Mary Jo Ford said...

Kevin in all his political wisdom is now pushing Steve Poizner. Brulte is doing it to line his pockets. What's Kevin's motivation to push such a sorry candidacy? And isn't Roy Ashburn going to have fun next year hitting Kevin for supporting Poizner?

 
At 9/14/2005 7:43 PM, Anonymous get real said...

Gosh - Arnold and Bush have positive poll numbers in the 30's, the dems have more political money than anyone can count, the unions are on the warpath and staffing campaigns like their lives depend on it, and we're all surprised that the democrat got 60% in a coastal democrat district? Get Real.

Kevin has been making the best of a tough situation.

 
At 9/14/2005 8:00 PM, Anonymous slob rutzman said...

Yes, Kev has been making the best of a tough situation. The Governor has been tapping donors dry.

Dems had the same problem with Gray Davis. He sucked up more money than a Hoover. Arnie is more like a Dyson -- he doesn't lose suction.

And that's just the way we like it. Someone has to pay all of our salaries.

Look at the overhead on staff alone: 2 chiefs of staff, 2 chief spokesmen, 3 media consultants, 4 campaign managers, assorted senior deputies, assistant senior deputies. It got so expensive we had to have the state pay for some of them!

 
At 9/14/2005 10:22 PM, Blogger Charlie Regan said...

Losing everything you get involved in is not "making the best of a tough situation."

McCarthy was advertised as the "next Brulte", but he lacks even the most basic campaign instincts. He listens to the worng people (Mark Aberbnathy and Frank Luntz) and has no advisors strong enough to stand up to him.

 
At 9/14/2005 10:47 PM, Blogger deaniac said...

re: Anonymous: What did Nunez do to get Aldinger out of the race?
Simple answer: THREATS .....
Lieu's people found a '95 arrest & conviction for disturbing the peace(a noisy bachelor party roundup); a TRO filed by a disgruntled girfriend which was never finalized. They threatened to make these things public. He was reluctant to back out so they stepped up the pressure ending with throwing him off the Coastal Commission on a technicality.
In all my years in Cal party politics I have never a candidate so ill treated by their own party.

 
At 9/14/2005 11:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Governor has done it again...clumsily groping around for help.

Has has foolishly put his precious redistricting initiative in the hands of a fraud. Who is Steve Poizner? He is the Frank Abignale of the California Republican Party.

This con man self-importantly refers to himself as head of the "Poizner Family Foundation" in his zeal to impersonate the Rockefellers.

But the weasel's foundation is a sham--plainly and simply.

It has assets of only $8,000! Go to this link and feast your lyin' eyes on the federal tax return for the foundation if you are in disbelief:

http://tfcny.fdncenter.org//990pf_pdf_archive2/770/770552251/770552251_200212_990PF.pdf

 
At 9/14/2005 11:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Re the Poizner scam: try this link if the other one is incomplete:

http://tfcny.fdncenter.org//990pf_pdf_archive2/770/770552251/770552251_200212_990PF.pdf

 
At 9/15/2005 7:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

deanic=Jim Aldinger

Who knew Jim read the blogs?

If the arrest record wasn's such a big deal, why didn't you run?

PLease tell us.

 
At 9/15/2005 12:08 PM, Anonymous What a Mess said...

Kevin's support for making Poizner Chair of the Reapportionment Campaign is turning into as big a mess as AD 53. How brilliant - let's make a political candidate who's got the title only because he's writing a big check the chair on an anti-politician reform initiative.

 
At 9/15/2005 3:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Re: Deaniac

There's a lot more that hasn't become public. The press just hasn't worked hard enough.

Probably Deaniac's brain cells have been altered by the toluene.

Sort of like Waldheimer's Disease. You forget you were a Nazi.

 
At 9/15/2005 5:58 PM, Blogger Roseville Conservative said...

Good Lord, the whole thing has gone berzerk!

 
At 9/15/2005 9:41 PM, Anonymous Contract With America said...

If Frank Luntz is "the wrong people," I don't want to be right.

 
At 9/15/2005 9:43 PM, Anonymous Mr. Purge said...

No one has the balls to purge anymore.

I want a purge. Purge Kevin. Purge Arnold. Purge 90% of elected Reps.

We need a fresh start.

 
At 9/16/2005 11:13 AM, Anonymous Johnny Slash said...

Is Poinzner the Manchurian Candidate?

Was Mary Jo Ford?

Is Kevin McCarthy picking these stinkers in order to keep the GOP in the minority in California?

 
At 9/16/2005 1:54 PM, Blogger NickM said...

The Poizner campaign is a Trojan horse for the Republican Party (imagine how much damage he could do to the party from the inside if elected - can we say Republicans for Hillary), but Poizner's history of opposition to Bush and the Republican platform and support for Democrats is far too open to make him the Manchurian Candidate.

Perhaps the vendor selling "Vote Democrat: It's Easier than Working" bumper stickers should add a new one that says "Support Rich Liberals: It's Easier than Fundraising".

Nick

 
At 10/03/2005 1:58 PM, Anonymous Berkeley Bear said...

Interesting blog, but not nearly as fun as this one:
http://drdora.blogspot.com/

Poor Mark Abernathy / Kevin McCarthy, their lives will never be the same...

 
At 10/07/2005 1:27 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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