The newly drawn California District 47 is an open seat due to redistricting from the 2010 census. This new District includes the following cities: Avalon, Cypress, Garden Grove, Lakewood, Long Beach, Los Alamitos, Signal Hill, Stanton, Rossmoor and Westminster.
There are two old Republican dinosaurs running in the open primary for the 47th. Gary DeLong is now serving his second term representing Long Beach’s 3rd District. Steve Kuykendall served in the United States House of Representatives from 1999 to 2001 representing California’s 36th Congressional District. Both of them are anything but vital.
The only candidate worth a damn in this race is conservative blogger Steve Foley. Here are a few excerpts from Foley’s bio:
Founder and managing editor of The Minority Report Blog Network, Steve has also served as Director of New Media for Liberty.com and Chief Managing Editor for 73wire.com. He provided new media content for Liberty First PAC & The Patriot Caucus and was the senior writer for the Hinzsight report.
Prior to launching his own campaign in California’s newly formed 47th Congressional District, Steve was integrally involved in raising a number of other candidates to national prominence. He was instrumental in publicizing Doug Hoffman’s 2009 NY-23 race.
Steve was among the first to nationalize Scott Brown’s U.S. Senate race in Massachusetts, where he spent several days reporting on the ground, and was also highly influential in drawing national attention and dollars to Charles Djou’s 2010 special election campaign for Hawaii’s 1st Congressional District. As part of Liberty First PAC, Steve sponsored and reported live from a debate between Djou and his opponent.
With grassroots activist Eric Odom, Steve partnered in Fresh Vision Media. The firm worked for and ultimately helped to put a formerly obscure Christine O’Donnell on the national stage in Connecticut’s 2010 U.S. Senate race. That same year, Steve further provided new media consulting, web development, communications, and viral social network marketing in Dan Benishek’s successful bid for Michigan’s 1st Congressional District.
Steve credits his successes in the business, blogging, and political fields to the dedication he developed while serving in the U.S. Marine Corps. The training and leadership skills he garnered during his years of military service have proven invaluable.
Will voters in the 47th go with the old, tired dinosaurs? I hope not. Click here to check out Foley’s website.