I can’t figure out why Jerry Hayden is running for the 46th Congressional District (see map at the end of this post) which includes Anaheim, Santa Ana and parts of Orange and Garden Grove. Hayden, who is described on the ballot as a “Local Independent Businessman” is one of several candidates running for the 46th in the Open Primary, against U.S. Representative Loretta Sanchez. Hayden is endorsed by the Republican Party of Orange County, but you really have to wonder why they would get behind a candidate who quite simply cannot hope to beat Sanchez.
My favorite candidate for this district is Jorge Rocha (pictured below) a Santa Ana resident who owns a tax preparation company in Fountain Valley. Rocha has no party preference which was the case two years ago when independent Cecilia Iglesias ran against Sanchez. Iglesias got over 7,000 votes in the general election that year and she collected twice that many signatures to get on the ballot in the primary. The Republican candidate that year, Van Tran, got beat badly by Sanchez.
A look at the 46th Congressional District’s demographics explains why Hayden and Cullum have no shot at victory in November.
- 45% of this district’s voters are registered Democrats
- 18.55% of the voters are registered as Decline to State
- Only 32.57% of the registered voters are Republicans
- 42% of the voters are Hispanic
- Only 38% of the voters are white
- 14.5% of the voters are Asian
Rocha tells me he already has 5,000 supporters in the district. Hayden has to fight for GOP voters with two other candidates, including another white candidate in Cullum. And many of the white voters in this district are registered Democrats. The numbers simply don’t add up for Hayden at all. Why even waste his time in this silly exercise?
Of course the OC GOP endorsed this guy. That figures. And of course they refused to endorse Republican Jose Moreno, the only Republican running for the 69th Assembly District. Par for the course for the OC GOP…