With the general election fast approaching, we here at O.C. Tea Party Blog would like to give you our recommendations for national, state, and local elections. Below are a list of political offices and propositions that will appear on your November 4th ballot. As you’ll notice, the list of candidates we support is not a long one!
As Tea Party Conservatives, and NOT Republican Party cheerleaders, its our obligation to scrutinize those running for office and only support those candidates who have and will continue to adhere to conservative principles! Where No Recommendation is listed, in most cases, you can safely assume that we believe that neither candidate in a particular race, whether it be Democrat or Republican, exemplifies Tea Party/Constitutional Conservative values, or has promoted those values in a consistent way.
Our Recommendations are based largely on our examination of a candidate’s record and his or her views on the issues. In some races, you’ll notice I’ve written underneath a brief commentary or analysis on why we decided to recommend or not recommend a particular candidate or candidates. I encourage you to use that information to help you make a thoughtful and intelligent decision when filling out your ballot.
These are just recommendations and are only the views of the O.C. Tea Party Blog and not necessarily the recommendations of any other Tea Party group in Orange County. Feel free to share these recommendations with others and if you have any questions or comments on these recommendations or on any other election related issue feel free to contact me via e-mail below. In addition, check out my regular postings on the candidates and on the general election at OC Tea Party Blog.com or follow us on Twitter @OCTeaPartyBlog. God Bless and please pray for discernment to make the right decision on election day! Read below! Thanks, Kelly Hubbard
LOCAL (Orange County, some races overlap into L.A. and other Counties)
- 55th AD: Ling Ling Chang (R) vs. Gregg Fritchle (D) (OPEN SEAT) (Diamond Bar, Rowland Heights, Walnut, LaHabra, Brea, Yorba Linda, Placentia, Chino Hills) NO RECOMMENDATION
- 65th AD: Young Kim (R) vs. Sharon Quirk-Silva (D) (Fullerton, Stanton, La Palma, Cypress, Anaheim, Buena Park, Hawaiian Gardens) RECOMMENDATION: Young Kim (R). This former Staffer to Congressman Ed Royce is taking on a first-term liberal incumbent named Sharon Quirk-Silva. Silva won this swing Assembly district by hair in 2012. In the short time that she’s represented the 65th, Silva has voted consistently against the values and views of her constituents! Her disturbing record includes: Voting YES to allow non-citizens to serve on California Juries, voting YES on the so-called transgender bathroom bill (AB1266), voting NO to halt funding for high-speed rail, and voting YES to give drivers licenses to illegal aliens! She also received an “F” grade from the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association and she received a 50% rating from CalChamber on job killer bills! Young Kim represents the best hope to win this seat back from the far-left and restore it back to the conservative column! Based on my review of Kim, I think she’ll represent the good folks in the 65th well and I’m confident that she’ll vote consistently conservative while serving in Sacramento! Young Kim for State Assembly! Read: http://octeapartyblog.com/2014/10/08/video-young-kim-state-assembly-nows-time/
- 68th AD: Donald Wagner (R) vs. Anne Cameron (D) (Orange, Anaheim, Villa Park, Tustin, Lake Forest, Irvine, Canyon Country) NO RECOMMENDATION
- 69th AD: Sherry Walker (R) vs. Tom Daly (D) (Santa Ana) NO RECOMMENDATION
- 72nd AD: Travis Allen (R) vs. Joel Block (D) (Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley, Garden Grove, Westminster, Midway City, Seal Beach, Los Alamitos, Rossmoor) NO RECOMMENDATION
- 73rd AD: Bill Brough (R) vs. Wendy Gabriella (D) (OPEN SEAT) (Rancho Santa Margarita, Mission Viejo, Coto de Caza, Dana Point, Aliso, San Juan Capo, Laguna Niguel) NO RECOMMENDATION
- 74th AD: Matthew Harper (R) vs. Keith Curry (R) (OPEN SEAT) (Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, Irvine, Laguna Beach, Laguna Woods) RECOMMENDATION: Matthew Harper (R). Former Newport Beach Mayor Keith Curry would be a disaster for this district or any other! Despite claiming to be a conservative, Curry has a record in Newport Beach government of voting for tax increases, of supporting excessive spending, and favoring burdensome government regulations! He also has a history of breaking his pledges with the voters and going back on his promises on such things as not raising taxes and on refusing to take public employee Union contributions! It’s also important to mention that Curry is supportive of amnesty for illegal aliens! There is a reason why Matthew Harper has the support of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, from Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, and from the California Republican Assembly! Conservatives trust that Harper will go to Sacramento and vote their values! Harper has a consistent record as an elected leader in Huntington Beach for over a decade of standing on his conservative principles! Unlike Curry, Harper has never voted for a tax increase and he believes that government shouldn’t be extravagant with the people’s money! There is a clear choice in this race and Harper is the only candidate that we can trust! If you or someone you know lives in the 74th Assembly District, I strongly encourage you to vote for an authentic conservative on November 4th: Matthew Harper for State Assembly! Please read and share this information: http://octeapartyblog.com/2014/09/21/the-battle-between-a-conservative-gop-candidate-and-a-liberal-in-the-74th-ad-matthew-harper-for-state-assembly/
- 32nd SD: Mario Guerra (R) vs. Tony Mendoza (D) (OPEN SEAT) (Buena Park, Cerritos, Hawaiian Gardens, La Habra Heights, Norwalk, Bellflower, Downey, Sante Fe Springs) NO RECOMMENDATION
- 34th SD: Janet Nguyen (R) vs. Jose Solario (D) (OPEN SEAT) (Long Beach, Seal Beach, Los Alamitos, Huntington, Fountain Valley, Westminster, Garden Grove, Santa Ana) NO RECOMMENDATION
- 36th SD: Pat Bates (R) (RUNNING UNOPPOSED/OPEN SEAT) (Rancho Santa Margarita, Coto de Caza, Laguna Hills, Ladera Ranch, Mission Viejo, Dana Point, San Juan Capo, Camp Pendelton, Oceanside, Carlsbad) NO RECOMMENDATION
O.C. BOARD of SUPERVISORS (non-partisan race)
- District 2: Allan Mansoor (R) vs. Michelle Steel (R) (OPEN SEAT) (Newport, Huntington, Fountain Valley, Costa Mesa, Seal Beach, Los Al, Cypress, Buena Park, Stanton) NO RECOMMENDATION
- District 5: Robert Ming (R) vs. Lisa Bartlett (R) (OPEN SEAT) (Lake Forest, Laguna Beach, Laguna Woods, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Dana Point, San Juan Capo, RSM) RECOMMENDATION: Robert Ming (R). http://octeapartyblog.com/2014/04/24/robert-ming-for-o-c-board-of-supervisors-5th-district/
U.S. HOUSE of REPRESENTATIVES
- 38th CD: Ben Campos (R) vs. Linda Sanchez (D) (Cerritos, Artesia, Lakewood, Hawaiian Gardens, La Palma, La Mirada, Sante Fe Springs, Pico Rivera, Whittier) RECOMMENDATION: Ben Campos (R)
- 39th CD: Ed Royce (R) vs. Pete Anderson (D) (Diamond Bar, Rowland Heights, Hacienda Heights, La Habra, Yorba Linda, Placentia, Brea, Buena Park, Fullerton) RECOMMENDATION: Ed Royce (R)
- 45th CD: Mimi Walters (R) vs. Drew Leavens (D) (OPEN SEAT) (Anaheim Hills, Villa Park, Tustin, Irvine, Mission Viejo, Coto De Caza, Lake Forest, Trabuco Canyon) NO RECOMMENDATION
- 47th CD: Andy Whallon (R) vs. Alan Lowenthal (D) (Long Beach, Lakewood, Signal Hill, Avalon, Los Alamitos, Westminster, Midway City, Stanton, Buena Park) NO RECOMMENDATION
- 48th CD: Dana Rohrabacher (R) vs. Suzanne Joyce Savary (D) (Seal Beach, Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley, Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, Laguna Beach, Aliso Viejo) RECOMMENDATION: Dana Rohrabacher (R)
- 49th CD: Darrell Isaa (R) vs. David Peiser (R) (Dana Point, Ladera Ranch, San Juan Capistrano, San Clemente, Camp Pendelton, Carlsbad, Encinitas, Rancho Santa Fe) NO RECOMMENDATION
O.C. ASSESSOR (non-partisan race)
- Claude Parrish (R) vs. Webster Guillory (NPP) (County-wide) RECOMMENDATION: Claude Parrish (R). Incumbent Assessor Webster Guillory was recently charged with three felony counts of fraud related to his re-election bid. Former Board of Equalization member Claude Parrish has the endorsement of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association PAC and is supported by dozens of fiscal conservatives throughout Orange County! I think he would make a great County Assessor! Claude Parrish for Assessor!
SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE (office no.14 / non-partisan race)
- Kevin Haskins (R) vs. Kenneth “KC” Jones (R) (OPEN SEAT) (County-wide) RECOMMENDATION: Kenneth “KC” Jones (R). After extensive research, which included an interview with at least one of these men, I have come to the conclusion that KC Jones is the best and most qualified candidate for Orange County Superior Court Judge! KC Jones would be a fair, honest, independent-minded, and tough Judge! Regarding Haskins, information has come out that he has received Union contributions and initially denied taking Union money before conservative activists at a recent candidate forum. This raises the issue of integrity, which as we all know is a non-negotiable characteristic in any candidate for Judge! In addition, it’s somewhat troubling that Haskins has the support of almost the entire OC political and legal establishment! To me, that raises a major red-flag! Kenneth “KC” Jones would be a tough on crime Judge and he’s a strong supporter of our death penalty and of California’s effective “Three Strikes and You’re Out” law! Jones has years of private practice civil litigation experience, as well as criminal litigation experience! Unlike Haskins, Jones isn’t just a career Prosecutor! I encourage folks to vote for Kenneth “KC” Jones for our next Superior Court Judge! Read below!
CITY COUNCIL (various races throughout O.C.)
We recommend these 11 conservative city council candidates running throughout Orange County! Some of these folks are running for re-election and most are citizen candidates that have never served before! We believe these folks would promote and advocate strong conservative principles, especially as it relates to fiscal matters in local municipal government! Please support these candidates if you live in one these cities! I will post a more in-depth analysis on these candidates and these races in a future blog piece! Stay tuned! Read below!
- RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA: John Webb, Jesse Petrilla
- SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO: Derek Reeve
- IRVINE: Lynn Schott
- COSTA MESA: Jim Righeimer
- HUNTINGTON BEACH: Erik Peterson, Lyn Semeta
- FOUNTAIN VALLEY: Mark McCurdy
- ANAHEIM: Tom Tait, James Vanderbilt
- FULLERTON: Sean Paden
- MEASURE E – RECOMMENDATION: Vote NO. Creating a local Ethics Commission sounds much better and will probably be more effective rather than out-sourcing enforcement to state bureaucracy. It’s worth looking into a little more, but so far, I recommend a NO vote on this Measure!
- MEASURE G – RECOMMENDATION: Vote YES
- GOVERNOR – Neel Kashkari (R) vs. Jerry Brown (D) RECOMMENDATION: Skip this portion of the ballot! I vehemently recommend that folks pass-up this portion on their ballots! Leaving the Governor’s race blank on your ballots, will send a very loud and clear message to the CA GOP that you’ve had enough of them pushing RINO candidates on us, especially for such crucial offices! Had the GOP and their progressive donor allies not steamrolled over the authentic conservative in the primary TIm Donnelly, this race to challenge Jerry Brown would have likely been much more competitive and Brown would have been forced to defend his atrocious record! Since the GOP establishment decided to use scorched-earth tactics to keep Donnelly from winning the top-two slot, and since they decided to nominate a carbon-copy of Brown on almost every single issue, this race will now likely end in a double-digit defeat for the state party and more specifically for Kashkari! I predict that thousands of conservatives, who otherwise would be loyal Republican voters, will either stay home or leave this portion of their ballots blank! I’ve pasted below a very detailed analysis of why I think conservatives should sit out this race, based on principle and out of protest! Voting for Neel Kashkari, no matter how desperate we are to defeat Jerry Brown, would be a betrayal of our conservative principles! By voting for Kashkari, you would be selling out your soul to give this RINO on extra vote! Keep in mind, this is the same guy who spent the entire primary season trashing and falsely labeling our Tea Party candidate Tim Donnelly as a racist! If you remember, Kashkari didn’t even once seek the endorsement of conservatives and now he expects us to be loyal to him! Fat chance! Send a message to the GOP by placing this portion of your ballot blank! Let the GOP know that you’ve had enough of RINO candidates! http://octeapartyblog.com/2014/09/17/alert-to-all-tea-party-leaders-in-oc-say-no-to-neel-kashkari/
- LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR – Ron Nehring (R) vs. Gavin Newsome (D) NO RECOMMENDATION
- SECRETARY of STATE – Pete Peterson (R) vs. Alex Padilla (D) (OPEN SEAT) RECOMMENDATION: Pete Peterson (R)
Pepperdine University Public Policy expert Pete Peterson is the only candidate in this race that we can trust to reform our inefficient election system and to streamline the state’s business registration system. Unlike his opponent, Peterson won’t be using this office as a stepping stone to advance his political career and he genuinely wants to improve public engagement with government. He also understands the need to reform the election process by deterring and preventing fraud and corruption! In fact, Linda Paine of the Election Integrity Project, is on record saying that Peterson was the only SOS candidate in the primary to accept her invitation to discuss and share evidence on California’s broken election system! The only one! Pete Peterson wants to enact specific reforms to our elections, which includes developing a state-wide voter database. California is currently the only state in the U.S. to not have a state-wide voter database! A voter database would go a long way to help identify voter fraud more quickly and it would help prevent voters from crossing County lines to commit shenanigans. Creating a voter database is just one of the ways our state can restore integrity and confidence back to our election system! I’m confident that Pete Peterson would make an excellent Secretary of State and we can trust him to not continue the current practice of using this office in a partisan way! Pete Peterson for California Secretary of State! Read below. http://octeapartyblog.com/2014/09/29/gop-candidate-secretary-state-touts-voting-overhaul-pete-peterson-ca-sos/
- ATTORNEY GENERAL – Ronald Gold (R) vs. Kamala Harris (D) NO RECOMMENDATION
- STATE TREASURER – Greg Conlon (R) vs. John Chiang (D) NO RECOMMENDATION
- STATE CONTROLLER – Ashley Swearengin (R) vs. Betty Yee (D) (OPEN SEAT) NO RECOMMENDATION
Ashley Swearengin is said to be the new rising star of the state GOP, but she’s certainly not the rising star of conservatives! As the Mayor of Fresno, this woman is an ardent supporter of Jerry Brown’s bullet train and she refuses to rule out the possibility that she might even vote for Brown! Believe it or not, her opposition to Kashkari isn’t based on the fact that he’s too liberal, Swearengin actually believes Kashkari isn’t liberal enough, particularly on the bullet train issue! She’s also said to be very favorable to Agenda 21 policies and to the so-called smart growth movement. In addition, Swearengin supports amnesty and she was one of Obama’s hand-picked Republican elected leaders to attend his amnesty speech in Nevada a few years ago! This is another race to sit out!
- INSURANCE COMMISSIONER – Ted Gaines (R) vs. Dave Jones (D) RECOMMENDATION: Ted Gaines (R)
- SUPERINTENDENT of PUBLIC INSTRUCTION (non-partisan race) *Marshall Tuck (D) vs. Tom Torlarkson (D) NO RECOMMENDATION
- BOARD of EQUALIZATION, 4th DISTRICT (District Counties: Orange, Riverside, San Diego, Imperial, San Bernardino (portion)) *Diane Harkey (R) vs. Nader Shahatit (D) NO RECOMMENDATION
For state ballot measures this year, I recommend that you take a look and follow the recommendations from the California Tea Party Groups Coalition below! I’ve examined these propositions and the analysis by this organization and we concur completely! Probably from my perspective, the most important of the Propositions this year are Prop. 1, which we recommend a NO vote on, and Prop. 46, which again we recommend voting NO! Read below!
- STATE SUPREME COURT: Goodwin Liu – RECOMMENDATION: Vote NO. You may be surprised to know this, but Goodwin Liu was nominated by Obama in early 2010 and again in 2011 to serve on the ninth circuit court of appeals. He is a former UC Berkley Law Professor, who was so incredibly liberal, that even some Senate Democrats joined Republicans in blocking attempts to end their filibuster of him! This resulted in Obama withdrawing his nomination, not once but twice! Even Obama’s radical former Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel had reservations about nominating him because of his extreme views! Liu is a radical pro-abortion supporter, who also believes in an “evolving” Constitution! After a 16 month battle to keep Liu from the ninth circuit, Obama finally dropped his nomination, and shortly after that, Jerry Brown appointed him to our state’s highest court! I’ve pasted tons of info about Liu below! I strongly encourage you to vote NO on this guy for re-election! Liu has no business serving on the bench! Vote NO on Goodwin Liu for Supreme Court!
- STATE SUPREME COURT: Mariano-Florentino Cuellar – RECOMMENDATION: Vote NO. According to Judgepedia below, this guy was Co-Chair of the Obama/Biden Transition’s Immigration Policy Working Group! Enough said! Read below. http://judgepedia.org/Mariano-Florentino_Cu%C3%A9llar
- STATE SUPREME COURT: Kathryn Mickle Werdegar – RECOMMENDATION: Vote NO. The small amount of research that I did on Werdegar showed that she was the deciding vote to overturn the original law that Californians passed in 2000 to define marriage as between one man and one woman only, also known as Prop. 22! She also voted against a motion filed by those defending the law to reconsider and to stay that ruling until voters weighed in on Prop. 8 in the following election! Despite being appointed by a Republican Governor, namely Governor Wilson, I haven’t seen too much evidence to conclude that she is an outstanding Justice who follows the law and the state Constitution properly! I recommend a NO vote on her!
(For more information on Judges, including the Court of Appeal, 4th Appellate District Judges on the ballot, please refer to Craig Huey’s Judge Voter Guide website below! Huey rates these Judges on a Judicial / Qualification Index rating. He seems to think that most of these Judges are worth voting Yes on and the only two who received low ratings are “Richard D. Fybel” for Division 3 and “Kathleen E. O’Leary” also for Division 3! He recommends that we vote NO on these two and YES on the rest! Read below!)
Below, I’ve listed three solid Constitutional Conservatives running for U.S. Senate this year! Two of these races are considered hotly-contested battleground races and could very well end up effecting the balance of power in the U.S. Senate!. These are the only three Tea Party candidates that we support for Senate in this general election midterm! I encourage you to donate to their campaigns and help them anyway you can! I’m confident that these three would be strong allies to Ted Cruz and Mike Lee if they’re victorious! I’ve pasted their websites and articles below!
- Ben Sasse (R) NEBRASKA – http://octeapartyblog.com/2014/05/13/sasse-about-to-give-rove-and-beltway-establishment-a-wake-up-call-today-ben-sasse-for-u-s-senate/
- Joni Ernst (R) IOWA – http://octeapartyblog.com/2014/09/30/momentum-building-iowa-gop-senate-candidate-joni-ernst/
- Rob Maness (R) LOUISIANA – http://octeapartyblog.com/2014/10/03/mama-grizzly-endorses-gator-hunter-rob-mannes-u-s-senate/
Governor Scott Walker deserves our support for re-election and it’s important to support Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott in his attempts to push-back against progressive efforts to turn Texas blue! Scott Walker and Greg Abbott for Governor!
For more information on Conservatives running for Congress, please visit the websites below! These websites are an excellent resource to find out about outstanding Constitutional Conservative House candidates this year! The candidates that these organizations endorse, exemplify Tea Party values and they deserve our support! There are many exciting conservatives running for Congress this year and many more who deserve to be re-elected! Please support our Tea Party House candidates! Read below.