This weekend, the troglodyte-wing of the Republican Party, as Bob Mulholland would put it, is meeting in Bakersfield for the CRA’s Annual Convention.
Most of the endorsements are already decided. Tony over Abel. Big shock.
The only fight left is for BOE, Seat 3 – where Assemblyman Ray Haynes
faces off against BOE Chief Deputy Michelle Steel
Ten, five, heck, even 3 years ago, this race would’ve been a slam dunk – Ray all the way.
But a few things have happened that if I were voting would have me going all out for Mrs. Steel.
First was back in 2003, during the Recall, when Ray Haynes fell all over himself and twisted himself like a pretzel trying to make the case that Arnold was conservative (in hindsight, um Ray, you were wrong). He also went on a jihad against Tom McClintock – going so far as calling him selfish!
Then, the following year – last election cycle – Ray endorsed AGAINST Chuck DeVore, supporting instead an illegal alien hiring, fake endorsement touting, former President of California Republicans for Bill Clinton
! Ray now claims that it was an aberration, and that when he found out about the facts, he quickly endorsed all the candidates in the race to make up for it… But that isn’t what happened. Long afterwards, Ray was taking Cristich around the Capitol, telling other members and insiders that she was far more conservative than others were saying, trying to expend his conservative political capital for such a leftist.
And lastly, following out of that, it emerged that Ray had been having an affair (his second). Now, I’m not normally someone who gets into people’s personal lives, but the details here warrant it. First of all, it was the second time he’d cheated on a wife with a staffer. Secondly, this time the flavor-of-the-month was none other than Cristich’s campaign manager, Gina Zari. I don’t want to let this blog fall into the name-calling, juvenile wars that others have. But I do want to make this point because it IS relevant: when Ray’s judgment and credibility as a conservative can be influenced by liberal pillow talk, it does become our business, and does cost him my support.
For these three reasons, if Bakersfield were on my itinerary for the weekend, my vote would be going to Michelle Steel.