The race for the 74th Assembly District heated up as former GOP funder and activist Howard Ahmanson attacked RINO candidate Keith Curry with a mailer. But Ahmanson also ripped into Democratic candidate Anila Ali – actually quoting an article I wrote a few months ago, in another mailer that also touted former Republican Karina Onofre.
Did we learn anything about the candidates running for the 74th Assembly District when they debated at the first “Feet to the Fire” forum last Thursday? The event was sponsored by the Daily Pilot, the Orange County Register and Voice of OC, and featured what turned out to be a pretty lame panel, that included Voice of OC Editor-in-Chief Norberto Santana Jr., Register and Daily Pilot columnist Barbara Venezia, Daily Pilot editor John Canalis, Register columnist Jack Wu and Daily Pilot City Editor Alicia Lopez.
The candidates at the forum included several Republican candidates: RINO Newport Beach Councilman Keith Curry; Huntington Beach Mayor Matt Harper, who talks conservative but acts otherwise; Emanuel Patrascu, district director for Assemblyman Travis Allen; and two Democrats – small business owner Karina Onofre and public schoolteacher Anila Ali. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
If you know anything about politics then you should know that the Tea Party is not affiliated with either the Republican Party or the Democratic Party. Sure, most Tea Party members are Republicans but I know of two local Orange County Democrats who are running for the State Assembly that have been affiliated with the Tea Party. They are Karina Onofre, who is running for the 74th Assembly District, and Albert Ayala, who is running in the 72nd Assembly District.
Ayala ran before, in 2012, and lost. This is Onofre’s first legislative campaign. Scott Martindale, an OC Register reporter, has ignored Ayala but he wrote an article that did Onofre, who recently quit the GOP and returned to the Democratic Party, no favors. Here are a few excerpts from Martindale’s article: Continue reading