Monday, March 06, 2006

Haynes Not Even Close on Endorsement

As they say on OC Blog, this came over the transom yesterday.

Haynes Wins CRA Vote by
Overwhelming Margin
85-67 vote just short of formal endorsement

(Bakersfield, CA) Delegates to the statewide California Republican Assembly convention in Bakersfield supported Assemblyman Ray Haynes by an overwhelming margin Sunday morning, falling just short of an outright endorsement [emphasis added] in the heavily contested race for Board of Equalization.

“It was a great weekend with fellow conservatives and I am very happy to have received such strong support form the grassroots of our party,” said Ray Haynes, a veteran conservative Assemblyman from Riverside County.

Momentum has been building fast for the Haynes campaign, which announced two major endorsements last week, the National Rifle Association and the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association.

Based on these counts, there is a minimum of 152 votes (possibly more depending on non-voters). Ray would've needed at least 100 votes to receive the endorsement. Losing by a 15 vote spread is not "falling just short of an outright endorsement."

Anyone who thinks otherwise has not run a CRA endorsement drill - you don't find blocks of 15 votes lying around underneath chair cushions - especially when according to comments on this and other blogs, your candidate has a melt-down in the middle of the convention.


At 3/06/2006 10:23 AM, Anonymous Lost Respect for Haynes said...

Ray, you have been a conservative leader going up against Democrats for years.

I can't believe you have gone soft. You let a kid rattle you. How do you expect to lead our battles?

Maybe it is time for a little break in public life?

At 3/06/2006 12:27 PM, Anonymous Actually at the Convention said...

There were 146 Delegates.

Peggy Mew announced that from the podium in her credentials report.

Spence announced it when he read off the results.

Ray, 85+67 does not equal 146...

Isn't a basic grip of addition a pretty big prerequisite for BOE?

At 3/06/2006 10:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Finally, the Steel–Haynes match-up is probably the most blogged event. Both sides hustled. The stories of confrontation between Haynes and Powers are overblown. It didn’t happen. I will say this before the fourth and final count. Both candidates were allowed to speak again or send representatives up. Haynes spoke himself and gave a great statesman like presentation. Of course, CRA didn’t endorse a candidate and that is my position as well. Steel and Haynes both worked the group hard during the convention."

At 3/09/2006 9:36 AM, Blogger Roseville Conservative said...

Having Counted the votes at the CRA Convention and since the results have been published all over hell and gone...

The total was 85-61 = 146.

Haynes was accurate reporting 85 votes, the 67 was not accurate, it was 61.

Just clearing the record. Also, there were three NFRA delegates in the Counting room from other states without an interest in the room observing.

Aaron F. Park

CRA Sgt at Arms


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