As I mentioned in an earlier post, Democrat Anila Ali has no chance whatsoever of winning in the June Open Primary Election for the 74th Assembly District. But I decided to take a closer look at her campaign to see if she had anything at all to say that might appeal to any voters outside of her party.
When you think about the top issues in California several come to mind, such as: the public employee pension crisis (that is bankrupting cities and counties and is a major threat to all of us); the drought (and the stupidity of saving the Delta Smelt while damning our agricultural industry); the ridiculous waste of money that is the doomed California High Speed Rail; the release from prison of dangerous rapists and murderers by Ali’s fellow Democrat, Governor Jerry Brown; and the fact that California’s residents are the highest taxed voters in the nation.
But Ali does not mention any of these issues on her campaign website. Instead she talks about being “business friendly” but then the rest of her platform is a plea to create more government union jobs, in education and in public works and parks. And she posted a screed about “equal protection under the law” but failed to mention how much it sucks that Obama’s administration is spying on us and on our global allies. Nor does she mention our nation’s failed drug war.
Ali, a public school teacher, might be one of the worst Assembly candidates I have ever seen. But guess what? We have seen all of this before. When Ali’s fellow Agranista, Melissa Fox, ran for the State Assembly in 2010, she ran on virtually the same platform. How did that work out? Fox was defeated by Republican Don Wagner, by over 30,000 votes, according to Smart Voter.
So who is the genius behind these failed campaign strategies? Well all fingers point to Democratic consultant Melahat Rafiei. She used to be the Democratic Party of Orange County’s Executive Director. That job is now held by her former lackey, Nick Anas. But while Rafiei has succeeded with Irvine Council Members Larry Agran and Beth Krom, what else has she won? The OC Weekly named her the “Best Political Player in Orange County” in 2010, then her candidate at the time, Krom, got her butt kicked when she ran for Congress. Krom lost to Republican John Campbell by 57,000 votes, according to Smart Voter.
While the Democrats are wasting their time with Ali are they focusing as much as they should on saving Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva over in the 65th Assembly District? She is being challenged by a well-funded Republican, Young Kim, who is going to give her a run for the money.
And now the Democrats have to sweat it over in the 69th Assembly District, where Republican Ceci Igliesias is challenging one of the most disgusting legislators in career politician Tom Daly.
Not to mention the bloodbath in the 34th State Senate District, where Democrat Jose Solorio is trying to crush corrupt Republican Janet Nguyen.
The Agranistas lost their grip on Irvine in 2012. Does Rafiei have what it takes to defeat the Republican Council Members who are doing such a great job in Irvine since they took over? You have to wonder about this when it is obvious that she is running cookie-cutter campaigns that are consistently failing.
And all those pictures with Barack Obama? I can’t imagine those are helping these Democrats. Obamacare just might put the GOP back in charge in the U.S. Senate this November.