Final And Future Thoughts On Recall And Protest Candidates
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of the Joe Guzzardi recall campaign story:
Psst….let the word go forth. Senator
Barbara Boxer`s re-election race—due in 2004—is an
excellent opportunity for an
immigration reform protest candidate.
“Why in the world would anyone
want to run?” you ask.
Let me explain briefly:
- Having just run a
successful campaign myself, I`m energized. Our
efforts in the Gray Davis Recall election reached
hundreds of thousands of people. I can guarantee a
positive response by disgruntled Californians.
- Boxer with her
miserable immigration record, particularly on
amnesty and worker importation, presents a very
- By running, our as-yet-unnamed
candidate would set an example for more concerned
citizens to run on immigration reform platforms at the
local, state, and federal level. We get a great bang
for our buck.
Although three weeks have passed since the Recall
Election, I am still hearing about how we got our message
out. In Washington DC last week, I met Phil Kent, author
of the new and well-reviewed book,
The Dark Side of Liberalism, Unchaining the Truth.
Kent told me that he had spoken to a student political
group at the University of California, Berkeley just
prior to the Recall Election. According to Kent, the
students had downloaded information from my website,
www.Guzzardi4Governor.com. Even better, they
supported my immigration reform views.
And in an October 17 post-election story published in
the Washington Times,
“Arnold Faces Test on Immigration” , reporter
Steven Dinan quoted my cautionary advice as an
immigration reformer to Governor-elect Schwarzenegger:
I believe that, by running for governor, I`ve paved
the way for others to follow. I`ll share everything I
the first time around—plenty—to help the next
candidate run more efficiently and effectively.
To be frank, I`m hoping others learned from my
experience, too. Let`s review what future the protest
candidate should expect his colleagues the next time
- Understand the nature of the
protest candidacy. The protest candidate is not
going to win. But he is going to spread our message.
- Even if you do not vote for him
because you think your single vote might be the one
that stops an
open-borders candidate, do not communicate this
until the very end—and if then, with regret! Your
active and vocal support throughout the campaign means
our message will be heard—and may force other
candidates to take a stronger stance on our issue.
- If you do understand that no
amount of compromise will save our state, vote for
the protest candidate.
- Realize that the importance of
immigration reform transcends
partisan politics. Support him as a one-issue
candidate. In my campaign for governor, running as a
Democrat, I eclipsed conflicted
Republican Tom McClintock. But he was still blindly
touted by some Republicans as the “only”
solution to ending immigration.
- Call in some favors on the
protest candidate`s behalf. Organize events. I had
virtually no volunteers, but I would gladly have
traveled anywhere to meet with serious individuals at
- Open your wallets, please. Many
Californians and a surprising number of out-of-state
residents were very generous to me. Yet many requests
to California activists went unheeded. Put your money
where your mouth is.
- Give the protest
candidacy your attention—even if you are all the way
back in Washington, D.C. Emotional support from
out-of-state activists and national "headquarters" is
very important, especially for pioneers who are blazing
Here`s how I see it Barbara Boxer. She is unpopular
and vulnerable. In a poll taken before Recall madness,
Boxer against came out just 7 percentage points higher
than former Gov. Pete Wilson (unlikely to run), 12 higher
than former California Secretary of State Bill Jones, 17
U.S. Rep. Mary Bono, 15 higher than former U.S.
Treasurer Rosario Marin (the current Republican Party
darling) and 26 higher than former Los Altos Hills Mayor
Toni Casey. These are not good margins for an incumbent.
Forty-eight percent of California voters surveyed this
summer by the
Field Poll said they were inclined to re-elect the
San Francisco Democrat; the percentage not inclined to
re-elect is 41 percent.
Again, this small margin, viewed in light of
California`s “Let`s Throw Them Out” attitude, is bad news
Any primary challenge by our side against the
incumbent Boxer would generate publicity. And that gives
us a forum to focus on Boxer`s strong open-borders
Numerous California immigration reformers are
qualified. Now is the hour for them to begin formulating
an aggressive plan.
Joe Guzzardi [email
him], an instructor in English at the Lodi
Adult School, has been writing a weekly newspaper column
since 1988. This column is exclusive to VDARE.COM.