California G.O.P. Aiming At Own Foot (Again) With Immigration Enthusiasts Whitman, Fiorina. But What About Chuck DeVore?
In my March column
Dianne Feinstein: The Horror!”,
I gave Meg
chief executive officer, the inside track for the Republican
gubernatorial nomination to run for the seat vacated by
In the upcoming Senate race against the formidable three-term incumbent
Hewlett-Packard chief executive officer and Whitman`s
Carly Fiorina now looks like the Republican favorite.[Ex-HP
Chief `Seriously Considering` Challenging Boxer, by
Shane Goldmacher, Sacramento Bee, April 1, 2009]
Whitman and Fiorina have much in common—all of it bad—besides their
Of the two aspiring politicians, Fiorina is by far the most dangerous.
HP`s acquisition of Compaq led the company into disastrous
financial set- backs. Yet, she somehow emerged as an advisor to
both former President
W. Bush and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on economic
canned her, Fiorina actively promotes what she calls the
“California Agenda”. She`s formed the egomaniacally named
“Carly Fiorina Enterprises”
to focus on globalism. (Take a close look at her picture on her
home page to see how highly Fiorina thinks of herself.)
Fiorina says she wants to “build
a bridge” between
Silicon Valley and Washington. Her wish is to use her
extensive political connections on Capitol Hill to help the
technology industry fulfill its anti-American mission. To that
end, Fiorina was recently
named to lead the board of directors for the
Institute in Washington, D.C.
The bottom line: Fiorina wants more immigration and no cap on H-1B visas.
from Her Past, by Jessica Guynn, San Francisco
Chronicle, June 14, 2006]
I`m amazed at how California`s GOP continues to want to shoot itself in
Not only does Whitman stand no chance against either of the two leading
Democratic prospective gubernatorial nominees,
Dianne Feinstein or
but moreover Boxer, according to current polls, would bury
Fiorina by 30 points, 55 percent to 25.
Boxer`s projected cakewalk comes despite her lukewarm ratings among
voters in general. In March, only 42 percent of California
voters indicated they were “inclined” to vote for Boxer
with 43 percent “unlikely to support her” again.[Fiorina
Seriously Considering Senate Run in 2010, by Juliet
Williams, Forbes, April 1, 2009]
So I ask the California G.O.P.—hasn`t history taught you anything?
Let`s look back.
In 2004, the GOP nominated
to take on Boxer. But by early November, Jones joined a
of California Republicans who blew their chance at high office
and now rest on the political
Jones received a pathetic
39 percent of the total vote. Even more telling is Boxer`s
vote tally hit 6.9 million, the highest for any Senate candidate
in American history.
Because Jones ran a predictable
RINO campaign–commenting only in politically correct terms
on out-of-control immigration—his name was added to California`s
rogue`s gallery of other challengers who ignored the illegal
(vs. Gov. Gray
Lungren (vs. Davis, 1998),
Tom Campbell (vs. Dianne
2000) and Matt Fong (vs. Boxer, 1998).
A high-visibility, second-generation California rancher who
wrote the 1994
“Three Strikes Law” and who had been California`s
two-term Secretary of State, Jones squandered any chance he
might have had by running such an ineffectual campaign.
And, in fact, Jones did indeed have a chance.
Jones showed early signs of life by defeating his primary
Bush`s Mexican-born White House darling and former U.S.
Rosario Marin, by 23 points. That should have encouraged him
to go on the attack about California`s out-of-control
immigration invasion—because the harsh reality was that Marin`s
incessant chatter about the
wonderfulness of her immigrant background
irritated non-Hispanic voters.
But the clueless Jones failed to capitalize.
Now Fiorina, a political neophyte, wants to go head to head
If I were California Republican Party Chairman
Ron Nehring, I would be asking myself who exactly could
Fiorina`s audience be and on what platform will she run?
See if you can find anything in Fiorina`s thumbnail resume that
might compel you to vote for her
In the state that has the country`s
highest unemployment rate, 10.5 percent, Fiorina
callously terminated thousands of workers and imported
thousands more on non-immigrant visas.
Fiorina defended her position with this public
statement: "There is no job that is America`s God-given
right anymore. We have to compete for jobs as a nation.”[
Tech Bosses Defend Overseas Hiring, by Carolyn
Lochhead, San Francisco Chronicle, January 8, 2004]
As Californian`s struggle to pay their daily bills
and watch their
equity disappear, Fiorina walked away from HP with a
severance package estimated at between $20 and $40 million.
Fiorina was paid nearly $180 million during her five-year
tenure at HP. After she was forced out, shareholders sued
claiming that the board of directors should have let them
determine her final pay package.
Consistent with Fiorina`s position on her own wages,
President Barack Obama`s proposal to cap executive
salaries at $500,000 annually, even though working class
Californians are disgusted by corporate excess.
That`s a lot of dirty laundry.
Seriously, who outside of her closest friends and family would
vote for Fiorina? From Boxer`s perspective, running against
Fiorina is the same as running unopposed.
The tragedy of this
successful Republicans who at various times served as
San Diego, a State Assemblyman, a U.S. Senator and finally
Governor—the Republicans have literally run away from legal and
illegal immigration as a campaign issue even though it is one of
Amazingly, party officials have been duped by the other side
into believing that offending California Hispanics leads to
political disaster despite
overwhelming evidence that refusing to go on the offensive
is the kiss of death, e.g. read the political obituaries of
Jones, Campbell, Fong, Simon and Lungren.
But since 2010 is a long time away, hope remains. While Fiorina
gets all the press about her pending Senate bid, another
potentially strong candidate and patriotic immigration reform
Chuck DeVore is
also in the hunt for Boxer`s Senate seat. DeVore
once challenged Vicente Fox on the
president`s support of illegal immigration, led a Republican
Taskforce on Illegal Immigration that concluded it costs the
state $10 billion annually and
co-authored a bill to end in-state tuition for aliens.
For those of you who have never heard of DeVore or think he has
no chance, here`s something to chew on.
As of today, DeVore stands at 9 percent in
a recent Field Poll. Interestingly, that`s exactly where
then-Congressman Boxer polled in 1991 when she was considered
the longest of shots because of her
We all know what happened.
Boxer beat out Lieutenant Governor
McCarthy and her fellow Congressman Ted Levine in the
primary before edging out
Republican Bruce Herschensohn (now the DeVore campaign
honorary chair) in the general election. Boxer has been in the
Senate ever since.
What happened is simple. The Democrats joined forces behind
Boxer to push her candidacy to the front.
The Republican Party could do they same for DeVore. The question
is will it? Or will it instead endorse Fiorina, a sure loser?
If the Republicans are resigned to losing, at least let them go
out with their
Who knows? This time they might actually hit something.
him] is a California native
who recently fled the state because of over-immigration,
over-population and a rapidly deteriorating quality of life. He
has moved to Pittsburgh, PA where the air is clean and the
growth rate stable. A
long-time instructor in English at the Lodi Adult School,
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