I've been noticing a lot of articles in my daily Los Angeles Times about the gubernatorial race here in California. They've mainly covered a couple of GOP candidates, one being whackadoodle and State Assemblyman Tim Donnelly. The other is Neel Kashkari, a former U.S. Treasury official and the guy the Republican establishment favors.
Right now, Donnelly's ahead in the polls, beating Kashkari by five points, per the Public Policy Institute of California. And that is causing California and DC Republicans to fret. Why? Well, there's this: GOP candidate Tim Donnelly: Breitbart CA site A-OK, undocumented immigrants are rapists, child molesters. In that post, I wrote:
For starters, Tim Donnelly was a leader of the Minuteman organization, a group of militia men ("bigots and weekend warriors") that got off on patrolling the US-Mexico border. They "thought it should be legal to kill illegals."
In a speech a few years back, Donnelly described undocumented immigrants as "an insurgency," and compared crossing the border to war.
Whoever wins would face Dem Governor Jerry Brown, who is expected to win re-election in November.
Roll Call's post explains why this gubernatorial race could result in a boost to House Democrats:
A controversial Republican gubernatorial candidate in California could cause the GOP headaches in down-ballot House races in a state crucial to the party’s hopes of increasing its House majority.
So his offensive anti-immigration 'tude could light a fire under Hispanic and other Democratic base voters. And if that fire is lit, those voters may very well make bee lines to the ballot box in an election that usually has low turnout.
Their fear is that the increased turnout to oppose Donnelly could in turn boost the re-election hopes of vulnerable House Democrats and even improve the party’s chances to add to its ranks in the already Democrat-heavy delegation. A consultant with ties to Kashkari is among the Republicans sounding the alarm.
“It would be a fucking disaster,” said Jason Roe, a San Diego-based consultant who has worked with numerous congressional campaigns and whose firm is consulting for Kashkari.
How's that new outreach thing workin' for ya, GOP?
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