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.
Re. “Commentary: Political caricatures speak to the need for adults in charge,” (May 28): Political campaigns are about ideas, experience, effectiveness and vision. They are also tests — of hard work, discipline and determination. Voters are the judge.
What Newport Beach City Councilman Keith Curry presents as age discrimination is truly upside-down logic. No one is opposing Curry because of his age; voters are turning away from him because of his many years as a government insider trying to grow the size of the public sector. They know he’s a bad fit for this district, and his antiquated views would have terrible consequences in the Assembly.
While his opponent, Keith Curry, has supported Jerry Brown’s Bullet Train in the past, AD74 Candidate Emanuel Patrascu has always opposed this awful waste of money and threat to private property.
An Appellate Court panel heard the latest arguments from the State in Sacramento last Friday: State argues right to sell high-speed rail bonds.
Going negative in a political campaign might mean a few things — it’s logical for a candidate who may be losing ground and needs to just dig his opponent with facts or past history that’s uncomplimentary. Unknowns use the technique to gain attention and notice when their opponents are better known and recognizable from previous exposure in the media. Or a candidate might just be unscrupulous.
In the 74th Assembly District race, to be fair, Emanuel Patrascu started the cycle by correctly pointing out that his opponent, former Newport Beach Mayor and Lincoln Club Boardmember Keith Curry was trying to shoo the beach fire rings out of NB and keep the undesirables away from the shore-front properties of his city’s very wealthy land and boat owners around Balboa Island and Newport Bay. Despite the battle he started against the fire rings, Curry’s online “Issues” page still states: Continue reading
Since he’s got virtually no chance at the Top Two in next month’s primary election for 74th District Assembly, this year’s Huntington Beach Mayor Matthew Harper is pushing a monumentally clever strategy to leverage his mayoral title into its own election as a separate office. Per the Huntington Beach Independent two days ago: Harper wants city to vote on chance to elect the mayor.
Like many Orange County cities, HB rotates their mayoral title annually amongst the sitting council members. The position is largely ceremonial, holds the council meeting gavel, but has no additional voting power or political influence in city matters (and especially in this one that’s really run by the former 12-year city manager of San Bernardino who doesn’t know why they’re going bankrupt). But the title looks good on a resume, or campaign mailer to low-information voters. And the fancy name badge really wows the Scout troops. Continue reading