Saturday, November 26, 2005

Biggest Loser is NOT on NBC!

The Billionaire Switch-Hitter That Couldn¹t Buy a Hit

Steve Poizner adds another strike out, now batting .000, whether batting
from the Republican side or the Democrat side of the plateŠ

The past baseball season proved once again that money cannot buy
championships. Pity the teams with the largest payrolls, the Yankees, Red
Sox and Angles, who sat at home watching the lowly White Sox capture their
first World Series in nearly a century. Baseball is a team sport, one that
takes great pitching, fielding, hitting, and yes, sometimes a timely pinch
hit or two. So what does that have to do with politics?

It is undeniable that the California Republican Party has seen better days.
The Party is much like the present day Dodgers; like Sandy Koufax, Fernando
Valenzuela, Kirk Gibson and Orel Hershiser, so too memories of Ronald
Reagan, George Deukmejian and Pete Wilson seem so far away. Some argue that
the only way to recapture past success is to follow a different path.
Others argue that to regain a bit of red in this blue state of ours, we need
to go back and capture the principles that made us predominant at one time.

But one thing is for certain. To recapture old glory, via new paths or old
ones we cannot succumb to the notion that money will buy us success. To
think that the moneyed interests in Sacramento can bring us back to glory is
a pipedream. Or that the moneyed interests even care about anything but
preserving what power they have. Besides, how much does that power amount
to if you find yourself in the cellar every election cycle? If you can¹t
even get to the playoffs, much less the World Series are we doing much more
than moving our eighth hitter to the ninth spot?

That brings me to Steve Poizner. - the latest in a long line of wealthy
novices to throw his hat in the political ring. What is different this time
is not only the attitude that ³I can buy this election with my overwhelming
financial advantage and endorsements from the entrenched leadership², but
something even more troubling, At least those who went before knew for
which team they were playing. With Steve, you can¹t be sure. ­ even if he
wears the same uniform, he has many times showed up in the other guys¹

What¹s even worse, whether batting on our team or the Democrat team, he
has failed to squeeze out even one lousy single. And the sacrifice play
isn¹t even in his playbook! Having lost bids for Al Gore, the Recount in
Florida, an Assembly seat, a seat on the PUC, Steve struck out at every at

So, perhaps in a last ditch effort to get his first hit, Steve stepped up to
the plate and paid a huge sum of money for the manager Governor to displace
the original Chair of Prop 77, Bill Mundell with this yet unproven pinch
hitter, Steve Poizner. Seemingly getting anxious to get his first hit,
Poizner, pushed his way into the starting lineup. Now that is rare, a
batter giving money to the management! Partly because of the ensuing
dissention and media inquiry, Poizner struck out in a fashion not seen since
the Gubernatorial drubbing Republicans took in 1998, whiffing by some
20-percentage points. Bottom line, Republicans lost and Steve¹s batting
average was still at .000

So, where does that leave us? In all seriousness, while Steve Poizner has a
lot of money, and has voiced his intention to use it in bundles, it is
likely that he won¹t be able to buy the loyalty of his own team. Like big
money ownership spending freely on free agents, political candidates who do
the same, usually end up severely disappointed. This time will be no


At 11/26/2005 7:44 AM, Anonymous Steve's "Friends" Are Fooling Him said...

If even a limited amount of money is spent educating GOP primary voters about Poizner's real record he will lose regardless of how much money he spends. Poizner is being used by Jim Brulte and Wayne Johnson who view him simply as a big fact checkbook!

At 11/26/2005 8:36 AM, Anonymous Truth Squad said...

1. Bill Mundell was never the "chairman" of redistricting...he accounted for a measly 100k signatures, with the other 850k signatures gained by Ted Costa and the Governor. Wait and see the news in a few weeks on Mr "China is #1 in the world..." Mundell.

2. Poizner was asked by the Gov to lead the 77 campaign, and put in a measly 1.75 mill, and raised the other 8 mill. Something no other republican other then the Gov has managed to do in many years. RAISED 8+ MILLION?

3. Poizner has the endorsement of almost every legislator, conservative and otherwise, in the state. Also the endorsement of former GOP Chairs, taxpayer groups, etc. Not one of these endorsers has seen a check from Poizner, which is easily proven by looking up the public records. These lies just dont wash.

4. 2 days after 9/11, Poizner was in the White House working for the National Security Council. Hand picked by President George Bush as a Fellow. The technology Poizner developed is being used by our government in many different ways, not to be discussed because of security issues.

The lies and overboard rhetoric coming from recovering alcoholic bloggers, little students at Sac State, failed volunteer "leaders" from loser do nothing volunteer groups, and from the campaign of joke candidates who claim to be "conservative" even though they are introduced at pro-abortion events by liberals like Toni Casey and admit to being fantastic.

This ridiculous notion that because Poizners wife is a democrat and he supports her causes, somehow makes him a democrat, when he has been a lifelong republican(as evidenced by looking at any documentation), is a boring tactic by desperate losers.

Bottom line, how come President Bush hand picked Steve Poizner to be in his intelligence department, if Poizner was a democrat?

How come President Bush hand picked Steve Poizner to work in his White House, and even included one of Poizners proposals in his State of the Union speech, AFTER all these contributions to Bushs opponent in the previous election?

Could it be because President Bush trusts Steve Poizner?


Back to class little students.

At 11/26/2005 10:31 AM, Anonymous LOL said...

Truth Squad,

You must work for Poizner. I bet Poizner doesn't have any real endorsments from legit tax organizations.

At 11/26/2005 10:48 AM, Anonymous Truth Squad said...

I especially enjoy how whenever facts are brought up that dispute the lies, nobody has anything to say.

Didnt your mommy and daddy tell you that liars never prosper?

At 11/26/2005 11:45 AM, Anonymous only friends who are fooling are Dr.Phil's said...

Kurzner's friends:
1. Mary Jo Ford- I don't know if a comment on this friend is even necessary, though I am sure people can come up with their own.
2. A vast network of grassroots supporters- This vast network has gotten Phil (2) legislative endorsements, and only (3) local elected councilmembers and Sheriff's (one of which Poizner has the endorsement from as well, Sheriff Baca)
3. Russo, Marsh, and Rogers- Kurzner is lucky to be on the same team as RMR's other two wonderful candidates, Kaloogian for Congress and Barrientos for Assembly.

At 11/26/2005 12:01 PM, Anonymous truth squad said...

You forgot to mention that Toni Caseys daughter is employed by the Kurzner campaign.

In fact, liberal Toni Casey personally introduced the "conservative" Kurzner to a pro-abortion group a few weeks back, where Kurzner publicly announced he is pro-abortion.

Speaking about money. Kurzner gave money to Planned Parenthood when he was a democrat. Oops, did i say that? Kurzner was a democrat and gave money to Gore himself.

Kurzner is also against the 2nd amendment.

Kurzner is FOR universal health care, as evidenced by his Hillary Care screed on Political Vanguard some months ago.

So i eagerly await the Kurzner campaigns response to the basic question: Is Kurzner a "conservative"?

At 11/26/2005 12:07 PM, Anonymous 2nd amendment said...

2nd Amendment--Poizner is a strong supporter of the 2nd Amendment rights of citizens, on the record.

Phil Kurzner has talked about increasing gun control laws and was quoted at a public event as saying "as a doctor, i believe handguns cause more problems then they are worth".

Dr Phil is no conservative. What a crock of shit that claim is.

At 11/26/2005 12:09 PM, Anonymous And While We Speak of Staff said...

Casey is Kurzner's second campaign manager, and Kurzner is on his second fundraiser. Always impressive when candidates can't keep their staff's before we even get into the throws of the campaign season. Nice.

At 11/26/2005 12:27 PM, Anonymous now THAT is a truth squad said...

Bravo gentlemen, the Kurzner supporter who started this thread didnt know what hit him.

Not one single reply to the facts presented to them.

Not that these hack volunteers know anything but what they are told anyway, but bravo to the truth squad for calling them out on their BS and presenting indisputable facts.

At 11/26/2005 8:32 PM, Blogger Pete St. John said...


What would your remedy for the Party be?

I think a full blown discussion of how to fix the Party's ills would do us some good.

At 11/26/2005 9:13 PM, Anonymous Let's Look at Poizner's Record said...


Let's look at the facts on Poizner's real record. Obviously, Wayne Johnson and Poizner's other paid hacks are spreading misinformation to confuse the record.

1) Poizner gave the maximum contribution to Al Gore and $10,000 to the DNC in 2000.

2) Poizner gave $10,000 to the Gore RECOUNT Committee for Florida.

3) Poizner opposed the war in Iraq.

4) Poizner opposed the President's tax cuts.

5) Poizner worked for Bush critic Richard A. Clarke - being "handpicked" by the President is a laughable claim - Poizner then brought Clarke out to campaign for him in 2004.

6) Poizner refused to publicly support the President's re-election in 2004.

7) Poizner called for abolishing marriage in favor of civil unions for both heterosexual and homosexual couples.

8) Poizner received a 100% from Planned Parenthood in 2004 - that means support for partial birth abortion, opposing parental consent or notification and support for taxpayer funding.

9) Poizner opposed a constitutional ban on gay marriage.

10) Poizner gave $150,000 to try to pass an initiative that weakened Prop. 13 and would have lowered the vote requirement for property tax increases.

11) In 2004, the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association mailed its members in Poizner's district to urge their members to not vote for him because there was no difference between Poizner and the Democrat.

12) Poizner supported the Open Primary.

13) Poizner refused to take a pledge to not raise taxes during his 2004 campaign.

All of the above is public record and can be verified by searching the Internet.

Money is not everything in a campaign. Ask Gov. Checchi or Sen. Huffington. Or you can ask Steve Poizner who spent over $6 million to lose for the Assembly or all that money he spent to help destroy Prop. 77 in a landslide defeat. The voters can smell a wannabe who just wants to buy an office, any office, a mile away.

Oh, by the way, did you see Steve's terrible name I.D. and favorability rating in the recent statewide Field poll on all statewide candidates. Despite spending all that money on Bay Area TV last year and starring in the reapportionment ads, Steve's name ID was lower than Gary Mendoza's and tied with Phil Kurzner's. What's more, Steve had the worst favorability ratio of any of the IC candidates - including Bustamante! Steve had a 3 to 1 NEGATIVE favorability rating.

So while you'll make your consultants and staff even richer (great job on the Prop. 77 campaign Wayne)good luck on your next multi-million fiasco, Steve! You're making Checchi and Huffington look good. At least they both lost only once.

As for Steve's endorsements - what a pathetic commentary on the state of the Republican Party in California. At least - unlike our great establishment leaders who are sucking up to Poizner because of his money - the primary voters aren't sell outs. Steve will have to learn that the painful way.

At 11/26/2005 9:29 PM, Anonymous Talk About Staff Turmoil said...

The posts from Poizner's staff above are pretty funny when it comes to their comments about Kurzner's campaign "turnover". Puuuhleeeease! Poizner has none of the same consultants from his Assembly race in 2004. And he lost his professional fundraiser during this campaign. Word on the street is that Steve is a pretty demanding candidate. I guess that is what we should expect from an egomaniac trying to buy an office!

After Wayne's pathetic reapportionment campaign one has to wonder how long Steve will keep him around.

At 11/26/2005 9:49 PM, Anonymous If Steve Poizner is the Answer said...

...then it was a very, very stupid question and the Republican Party in this state is SCREWED!

Hell, Cruz Bustamante will probably beat the little nerd if he somehow survives a Republican primary.

At 11/26/2005 10:09 PM, Anonymous And Phil Kurzner is much better? said...

See the whole kicker to this thing would be if Kurzner was this Conservative, but he is not, and Mendoza definetly isn't. Get real guys.

At 11/26/2005 11:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

At least Poizner's staff writes better posts than that Dora Kinglsey hack who was defending that guy who was/is? running for AG.

At 11/27/2005 8:32 AM, Anonymous Yes, Kurzner and Mendoza are Better said...

I guess Kurzner and Mendoza aren't better than Poizner if you are getting paid by Poizner. Nor are they better if you don't share any of the core values of the Republican Party - opposition to taxes, a strong national defense and a belief in family values and opposition to radical values.

At 11/27/2005 9:05 AM, Anonymous There's a BIG Difference said...

No difference between Poizner and Kurzner and Mendoza?! Are you nuts?!

Kurzner was a volunteer leader for Bush in 2000 when Poizner was working hard to elect Gore. If Steve Poizner had his way, we would have an Al Gore dominated Supreme Court. That's not a major difference???!!!

Kurzner was a volunteer leader in numerous other GOP campaigns including Bill Simon. Where was Poizner, what Republican has he tried to elect other than himself?

Kurzner and Mendoza oppose partial birth abortion and support parental notification. Poizner doesn't.

Kurzner and Mendoza support the war in Iraq. Poizner doesn't.

Kurzner and Mendoza oppose gay marriage. Not Poizner.

Kurzner and Mendoza find Bush critic Richard A. Clarke to be a hateful hack. Poizner brought Clarke out to campaign for him.

Kurzner and Mendoza oppose tax increases and supported Bush's tax cuts. Not Poizner.

And on and on and on it goes.

As for Mendoza, it's funny that the Poizner supporter on this blog keeps trying to label him outside the mainstream for having worked for Richard Riordan - L.A.'s first Republican Mayor in decades. Mendoza also worked for Chris Cox, Pete Wilson and George W. Bush.
Mendoza has also worked to elect numerous Republicans to office. Not Steve Poizner.

So stop trying to distort Mendoza's record with a guilt by association smear that's almost as ridiculous as your silly attack on Kurzner about Toni Casey's daughter.

While Poizner was supporting Gore in the Recount, Mendoza was serving as one of Bush's Statewide Co-Chairs. That's a big difference.

At 11/27/2005 9:16 AM, Anonymous The Real Question said...

is if there really is much of a difference between Cruz Bustamante and Steve Poizner?

When you look at where they stand on the issues and which candidates/initiatives they've backed in the past it sure doesn't seem like it.

At 11/27/2005 9:38 AM, Anonymous truth squad said...

not quite sure anybody cares about what a drunken alcoholic former Pizza Hut manager thinks.

The continued lies about Poizners positions simply dont wash with reality.

At 11/27/2005 10:47 AM, Anonymous Get the Facts and Some Class said...

Everything that has been said about Poizner's positions on the issues is factual and documented. You are engaging in Stalin's strategy of repeating the Big Lie often enough to confuse the public and distracting attacks about silly things like Toni Casey's daughter working for Kurzner to avoid the truth.

I challenge anyone to search the Internet to look at Poizner's outrageous record. Your lies can't erase it.

As for an alcoholic Pizza Hut Manager, this is obviously a vicious and snide reference to someone other than me. Apparently I'm not plugged in enough to YAF or CRs or YRs or wherever this juvenile reference comes from to know who you are sliming but Steve needs to hire a classier hack for his payroll.

At 11/27/2005 11:40 AM, Anonymous Gotta Love It said...

Kurzner's people are touting his experience as a Grassroots Leader and his support from the grassroots of our party. The question that begs to be asked is, is this the same grassroots of the party that helps Assembly and Senate Candidates each cycle? If so, where are Phil's endorsements from the Assembly and Senate Republicans? Phil was running for this race long before Steve Poizner was, and thus had ample time to lock up endorsements and raise money. (that is if he was a good enough candidate to do so)

At 11/27/2005 3:54 PM, Anonymous The Real Truth Squad said...

We all know the real reason Poizner has been endorsed by some members of the Legislature despite his liberal and anti-Republican record. It's Brulte - who is making money off Poizner and wants to control him as Commissioner so he can make even more - and Kevin McCarthy - that great judge of political talent (think Dean Gardner and Mary Jo Ford). McCarthy was using Poizner to help fund his pet project - the poorly drafted Prop. 77 - which ended up just like Ford and Gardner.

McCarthy and Brulte are twisting arms and distorting the truth about Poizner's real political history to line up support to serve their own personal agendas. Their great leadership is why our party is in such great shape in California. Good work, guys.

Any Republican who endorses the worthless Poizner forfeits their right to ever attack another Republican for being too liberal or to talk about their commitment to political integrity.

At 11/27/2005 4:17 PM, Anonymous So Once Again said...

So Kurzner people, your argument is Republicans who you supported and help elect, like John Campbell, and Republican Party Leaders like Schroeder and McGraw, who you also helped elect, are all bought off by Brulte and McCarthy? Am I the only one who sees the hypocracy here?

At 11/27/2005 4:19 PM, Anonymous It's Not All Brulte and McCarthy's Fault said...

It's true that Brulte and McCarthy deserve criticism for trying to foist Steve Poizner on us and for both being the self-serving sneaks that they are. But if Poizner wins the GOP nomination it will be a mark of shame for all of us and make our state the laughingstock of all the Republican Parties across the nation.

As for endorsements, just ask Dick Riordan about how much they matter in an election - particularly a Republican primary.

At 11/27/2005 4:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd like to know how McGraw and Schroeder can publicly justify their support of Poizner given his support for abortion without restriction, his call to abolish marriage, his support to weaken Prop. 13, his opposition to Pres. Bush and support for Al Gore, his opposition to the war in Iraq and to tax cuts.

McGraw tried to undermine the Bush campaign in 2000 because Dubya was too liberal and didn't kiss his rear enough. Schroeder has often attacked many other Republicans for being too liberal and has helped give us Sheriff Carona and D.A. Rackaukas - those paragons of virtue and integrity.

If they want to associate publicly with a liberal like Poizner it says a great deal about what they are all about.

At 11/27/2005 4:49 PM, Anonymous Do We Really Need to Go Through Everyone? said...

And how about John Campbell.. and Supervisor Bill Campbell. And Sheriff Lee Baca?

At 11/27/2005 7:31 PM, Anonymous gop volunteer said...

Truth Squad: Your comments about volunteers in the Republican Party only add to why volunteers/activists lack enthusiam and have less desire to work their hearts out for the CA Republican Party not to mention the leadership that parallels people like Steve Poizner who lack values and have no interest in defining themselves as Republicans nor standing up for our party's traditions.

Grassroots may not be important to Steve Poizner or Wayne Johnson, but they will be important to our party in future races beyond this one where the numbers are close and volunteers can help put us over the top.

If I were you, I would choose my words very carefully when speaking of Republican volunteers.

At 11/28/2005 11:45 AM, Blogger NickM said...

I think it's time to fisk the "truth squad".

Poizner was a NSC Fellow. Well, I never said he wasn't smart, just that he wasn't much of a Republican. Heck, Pat Moynihan was very smart and worked in a Republican White House. Maybe we should call Steve a Pat Moynihan Republican.

Poizner raised $8 million for Prop. 77. That's nice, but how did he spend it? I can't recall another time when a GOP-backed initiative had the support of every major newspaper in the state and still lost - and it wasn't even close.

Personal attacks are made on Bill Mundell. What's the emoticon for yawning?

Poizner only has "almost every' legislator's endorsement if you don't count the solid conservatives. As far as taxpayer groups, would anyone like to read again the text of the HJTA non-endorsement letter from the 2004 campaign?

Poizner supports his Democrat wife's causes. Isn't that sweet.
Which of her causes will he support next? My bet is on Hillary Clinton for President. By the way, are both of her arms broken? I'm still trying to figure out why she doesn't write her own checks. It couldn't be that Steve actually agrees with "her" positions, now could it?

Personal attacks are made on anti-Poizner commenters. More yawning.

Attacks are made on Phil Kurzner. These prove only that Gary Mendoza is a far better choice than either other candidate.

"Rebuttal" is made to the detailed charges about Poizner by calling them lies. That just doesn't fly. I've seen the IRS records online of the Gore/Lieberman Recount Committee contribution. I've seen the HJTA letter. I've seen plenty of newspaper articles from the 2004 election (including from newspapers endorsing Poizner) where Poizner publicly and pointedly campaigned with Richard Clarke, refused to endorse Bush/Cheney, and took positions against huge portions of the Republican platform. They're really not hard to find.

And as long as you're going to point out staff turnover, Poizner is the only GOP candidate I can remember whose campaign staff was so far left that one of them actually jumped ship to work for the Democrat!

Now, "truth squad", go back to dreaming up more lousy and ineffective campaign commercials.


At 11/28/2005 12:36 PM, Anonymous Come on said...

Are you calling Jay LaSuer and John Campbell non-Conservatives? Bill Campbell, Chris Norby and John Lewis are moderates now? Give me a break.

At 11/28/2005 10:12 PM, Anonymous You'd Have to Ask Them said...

Nick - you are right on. As for the Poizner apologist who keeps denying the facts and bringing up his endorsers let's ask each of them if they are aware of the truth about Poizner's full record. I'm betting a number of them would be shocked. If they aren't, then they should be ashamed.

Frankly, not many Republican voters are going to care who Lee Baca (there's a great Republican for you) or John Campbell or John Lewis support. Endorsements don't sway voters - especially in primaries.

At 11/29/2005 9:36 AM, Anonymous political director said...

Any Republican official that endorsed Poizner (R) should be given the opportunity to withdraw their endorsement understanding full well that the "Registered Republican" financially maxed out to liberal Democrats that were running against George W. Bush and others. If they choose to maintain their endorsement of him, they should be ashamed and understand that they will pay a political price on some level for it.

At 11/29/2005 10:19 AM, Anonymous Come On said...

A political price to whom.. Phil Kurzner? Or Congressman Kaloogian? Or Assemblywoman Barrientos?

At 11/29/2005 12:45 PM, Blogger NickM said...

come on - you do realize that only 2 of the 5 men you mention are actually sitting legislators, don't you? 2 does not equal "almost every".


At 11/29/2005 7:18 PM, Anonymous Come On said...

Yes Nick, you are right, except that the other 2 are sitting Supervisors, which Kurzner nor Mendoza have endorsing.


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