Thursday, January 05, 2006

SD 34 Update

The 34th Senate district sits smack dab in the middle of Orange County, but it has been represented by Democrat Joe Dunn for almost eight years. Over the last two years OC GOP Chairman Scott Baugh has done a great job of directing party resources into the 34th, to up registration and build a Republican infrastructure. The seat is up for grabs this year.

But many Orange County Republicans (and one key OC Register Editorial writer) are up in arms over the heavy-handed attempts by Senator Dick Ackerman to force Lynn Daucher on them. Daucher is a liberal Republican who represents a very different north Orange County seat (72) in the Assembly and has little in common with the folk in the 34th. The candidate who represents a large portion of the 34th, and who has a solid political structure already in place, in Assemblyman Van Tran.

Ackerman, who, to put it mildly, has never liked Van Tran, has convinced Daucher to move into the central county 34th district and promised her the world if she does it. He also promised her united OC Republican support - which he cannot deliver. For instance, today Ackerman's office released a list of 11 Senators supposedly supporting Daucher. The only name on the list from an Orange County seat, Sen. Bill Morrow, promptly contradicted Ackerman and said he most definately was not supporting Daucher.

Congressman Dana Rohrabacher is Tran's highest profile endorsement, but look for that to change in the next few days as another OC Congressman decides to stand up to Ackerman and support Van Tran.

Ackerman has said he will not fund the race if Tran wins the primary. All this GOP in-fighting is music to the Democrat's ears. Right now, there is only real candidate, a very weak Tom Umburg. But Lou Correa is looking at the seat.


At 1/05/2006 10:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who would that be? Loretta Sanchez?

At 1/05/2006 11:26 PM, Anonymous Slapping Dickie's Backside said...

The Adults in Orange County (Rohrabacher, Royce, and Campbell) need to slap little Dickie Ackerman's backside and tell him to stop trying to play in the big boys sandbox.

Van Tran is clearly the best candidate to challenge the Democrats. If little Dickie Ackerman makes good on his promise to not fund Tran, look for another GOP Senator to take Dickie's toys and send him home to Mommy

At 1/06/2006 6:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are many possible Democratic candidates besides the names mentioned. Three of the more interesting possibilities are Garden Grove Councilman Mark Rosen, Former Mayor Bruce Broadwater and former USC quarterback and Richard Riordan law partner Pat Haden who was registered to vote in Pasadena, but grew up in the District and has investments in several businesses in the area.


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