April 28, 2013
I may not be an enthusiastic fan of either candidate running for State Senate, but the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin hits the hard reality about the State Senate District 32 election for May 14th. The reality is that, Paul Leon only has around 245 thousand raised and Norma has around 570 thousand raised for this election which brought forth the story the political beat reporter wrote about. I am not just a blogger when I came to my conclusions about the election when I posted my response to the story the newspaper wrote, but I do use my experience as a prior candidate and as a student of Political Science (’03 UC Riverside) to help come to my conclusion.
The problem is our area likes Democratic Party politicians. They may like Republicans in non-partisan elections, but when the city council member or mayor comes out as a Republican it does not come out well when it comes with partisan elections. Ray Moors (State Assembly Nominee 2010), decided to switch as a Democrat in 2012 when he decided to run again because he realized that voters only pay attention to party labels and not the ideas of the candidates and having the Republican Party label only handicaps a candidate here. Voters could care less what type of Republican runs sadly. No matter the gender, the ethnicity, the money, the ideology or even sexuality of the candidate the voters of the Pomona-San Bernardino area just want a Democrat to represent them.
We need to get our local residents used to the idea of voting for Republicans for state and federal partisan office. We need to sell our local residents on the issues that concern them and how voting Democratic Party does not help them in the long run. High speed rail is so inefficient, where it’s going to cost 200 bucks each way, but when driving or flying is more cost effective we could sell the issue as diverting the money to education, health care or public pensions would be a better use of the money as an example.
I am still voting for Mayor Paul Leon, but I can be just as right as the high priced consultants. We need to create a culture that is conducive for people to consider our ideas before we throw our money away. When the California Republican Party gets funded again, we need to focus on the issues and explain why the Democrats are not offering the proper solutions to get us out of the unemployment mess we are experiencing today.