Disclaimer – I am a sitting CRA Vice President. My opinions below are mine and are not necessarily those of the CRA. I am noting where the CRA took a position different than mine.
Allow me to start with the propositions:
Prop 41 NO – With the state in debt badly, why in God’s green earth do we need ANOTHER bond!
Prop 42 NO – this is a cleverly disguised way to stick local governments with the cost of a state law for complying with the brown act and the open records act. If the state forces local government to do something the state should pay for it!
Governor – Neel Kashkari, the CRA endorsed Tim Donnelly (who I did donate $50 to). I had serious reservations about Donnelly since meeting with him last year. Having met in person with Neel Kashkari, while I have some differences with him on Social Issues, I am convinced that out of the field he is the best candidate for the entire GOP. Neel is articulate and does not need consultants and staff to tell him what to think – making him a completely different animal than Arnold and Meg Whitman. Second, Neel is talking and taking action to help the CA GOP – instead of using it and throwing it out (like Arnold did).
Tim Donnelly has done nothing wrong by running, he has busted his tail and deserves credit for that. He simply has demonstrated that he is not the right candidate for the California electorate.
Lt Gov – Ron Nehring. Pedigree, Polish, and running for the right reasons. Nehring is running to help the down ticket candidates and to promote the California Republican Party. His words.
Secretary of State - Pete Peterson, great guy, has a great plan. He even stayed loyal to the GOP and decided to take his chances running statewide as a Republican.
Controller – David Evans. He is a citizen legislator. I have met the man personally and in a perfect world, he would win election. He would be a breath of fresh air against the cesspool in Sacramento. Evans did get 40% of the GOP primary vote in 2010 against a funded opponent. (The CRA endorsed Ashley Swearengin)
Treasurer – Greg Conlon. Conlon has run for Treasurer before. Having John Chiang as treasurer is like giving Jesse James the keys to the bank.
Attorney General – any Republican not named Kamala Harris. She is a corrupt Cylon Robot of the Sacramento Cesspool. Special bonus editorial note – Orly Taitz is insane, voting for her would be as well.
Insurance Commissioner – Ted Gaines. Ted Gaines has been an insurance agent for 30+ years. Dave Jones is a career politician who had little if any actual experience in insurance before jumping to his next office. Why not someone actually IN the Insurance Industry for a change, unless you like how high your insurance rates are now?
Superintendent of Public Instruction – Lydia Guitierrez - Lydia is a friend and a long time activist. She knows her stuff and like some of the other candidates listed above, would be a welcome change for California.
Board of Equalization District 4 – Diane Harkey. There is no one else on the ballot that has worked harder and campaigned harder. Diane has earned this office the old-fashioned way.
Supervisor District 2 – Michelle Steel. From the standpoint of an activist, Michelle Steel has been there for CRA and the GOP time and time again. We need a party-builder.
Supervisor Disctrict 4 – Shawn Nelson (Because Art thinks he is a righteous dude)
Supervisor District 5 – Robert Ming. Robert Ming has been a friend in politics for many years. He is a good man of excellent ethics and integrity. That alone should overcome anyone’s ideological differences with him.
AD-55 Phillip Chen – this guy is a stud. He has the fire in the belly and all the makings of a dynamic leader that the state, (let alone the moribund GOP) needs. His campaign is an absolute beast, and it helps that he represents the future of California in many ways.
AD-65 Young Kim. See my comments about Phillip Chen. Young Kim is what the state needs to break the super majority and the unbridled insanity coming out of Sacramento.
AD-69 Ceci Iglesias. What a candidate. If anyone could take a lopsided dem district from an ethically-challenged incumbent, she could.
AD-72 Travis Allen. Excellent leader. Dynamic. Helps other candidates actively. He should run for US Senate someday.
AD-73 Paul Glaab or Bill Brough. If they both make the runoff, I will choose then. Brough appears to have huge grassroots support (including CRA), Glaab has more resources. The goal here is to make sure Anna Bryson does not make the top-two. She needs to go.
AD-74 Matthew Harper was endorsed by CRA. So I defer.
SD-34 – Janet Nguyen. This puts me at odds with the others on this blog. My reasoning is simple. Jose Solorio will give away the store to the unions, he will raise taxes, vote to grab guns and the like. The democrats have run amok like a bush league banana republic with the super-majority. We need Jose Solorio like we need Obamacare.
SD-36 – Pat Bates. Outstanding leader. Safe R District. Great match.
CA-39 – Ed Royce. Incumbent. Not a vote for Nancy Pelosi.
CA-45 Mimi Walters. Mimi has $1million. Mimi has busted her tail. Mimi has A ratings from all the right-leaning groups and I wondered why any other Republican even bothered to file for this seat! Greg Raths is a joke.
CA-46 Carlos Vasquez. I love this guy. Great candidate for the GOP. CRA Endorsed.
CA-48 Dana Rohrbacher. The second most conservative member of the California delegation to Tom McClintock. Fits his district well. Represents us all well.
There were County Wide endorsements made. I like Claude Parrish for Assessor and Jeff Ferguson for Judge a lot. None of the others I know enough about to render an opinion on.