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Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Trouble at the Republican HQ

What's going on with the Republican Central Committee? Elton Gallegly's announcement that he won't be running due to health problems several days ago sounds like it might be rescinded -- or is that just speculation? If Gallegly runs and forces a special election -- that would be a sad waste of taxpayer money. It was surprising that he made the announcement just two hours before the filing deadline -- the consipracy theorists in the Grand Ole Party are sounding like Democrats!

Get it together guys! Keep it in the family! I never thought I'd say this but listen to Mike Stoker...

18 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stoker is an angry person who is bitter that someone other than him is in a position to be elected into the seat. This frustration is understandable; Elton's ignorance or misinterpretation of election law definitely hurt a lot of people. But remember; self-preservation is the prime natural law. The logical way for this to play out is for Gallegly to gracefully retire (and spare himself further embarrassment) and have the party rally behind Tenenbaum, who, from what I've heard, is a pretty sharp guy who has ridden a great initial boost from Gallegly's ineptitude. If the guy can't retire properly, how are people to trust him in office!

3/15/2006 8:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

maybe it wasn't ineptitude but calculation that caused Elton to wait till the last minute to 'retire'. Could it be he didn't want the kingmakers to do their thing?

3/15/2006 10:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not the case. Elton is (or, rather, was) the kingmaker. His targeted conversations with others about his retirement before its annoucement and invitations for them to run if they wanted to illustrate that he wanted to coronate a successor. He screwed up and is paying the price now.

3/15/2006 10:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

can we call it divine intervention? To allow a Democrat or at least a younger more progressive republican (if thats not an oxymoron) to represent that district?
Of course that would not be stoker.

3/15/2006 11:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

actually it's refreshing to observe the local Repubs infighting for a change.....the Dems have been doing it long enough

3/15/2006 1:32 PM  
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3/15/2006 2:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like Gallegly's back in the race for his Farewell Tour. Get ready for the same themes of crypto-racist immigration policy, bills for flowers along the highway, and the like from this candidate who couldn't even get a community college degree, let alone stay a year at CSU-LA.

3/15/2006 2:26 PM  
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3/15/2006 2:34 PM  
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3/15/2006 2:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Elton and DeLay, Exposed:
http://www.dccc.org/houseofscandal/members/EltonGalleglyCA-24.html

3/15/2006 2:45 PM  
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3/15/2006 4:06 PM  
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3/15/2006 4:25 PM  
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3/15/2006 4:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nick will call Travis names like "bully" and worse and then go on to say that it is Travis who is uncivil and condescending...


It's tough to talk about Elton when he's the "Rocket Man," never around S.B. Anyone ever see him in town?

3/15/2006 6:26 PM  
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3/15/2006 6:27 PM  
Blogger Sara De la Guerra said...

When half the posts are about the second district race rather than the post topic -- I've got to start restoring order. Call it censorship if you will -- but we've never made a promise to post everything people put up here. Most blogs in fact use Blogger comment controls to prevent this kind of thing from happening -- I may start doing that.

KEYT just announced Gallegly is back in the race! I don't think we will ever know the whole story on this one -- it sure gave him a chance to say that the President called and asked him to stay doesn't it. Why? He's always had that district wrapped up -- why not wait until you know your health is okay -- even if it means a special.

3/15/2006 7:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sara, I think blogger controls sounds like a wonderful idea!!!

3/17/2006 9:34 PM  
Blogger Danny L. McDaniel said...

This is going on all over the country. The Republican have lost a great deal of ground support and the only people they have left is the mean spirited, fire brand, impolite few. The GOP brand name has been tarnshished for three or four election cycles but hang tough. Remember Reagan's personality, never be mean and always be kind. I am afraid many local Republican are lost in the wilderness and have forgotten how to see the other side.

The American people, collectively, don't believe the Republican rhetorical positions on smaller and less intrusive government, less taxes, etc. anymore. We lost credibility in a way we will never probably recover completely from. It is going to be awhile before we can convince them again, but when we do, we have to do it quick.

The bottomline, govern on the principles we run for office on, and we cannot come across has hating government. Remember what Abraham Lincoln said: "Government is to do for the people, what the people cannot do for themselves."

Danny L. McDaniel

3/30/2007 11:02 AM  

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