Final And Future Thoughts On Recall And Protest Candidates

Read the rest
of the Joe Guzzardi recall campaign story:

10/24/03 – The
Modesto Bee Says Sorry (Sort Of)

10/14/03 – Joe`s Campaign Diary (With Bittersweet

10/10/03 – Why I Won

10/07/03 – Joe Guzzardi Returns From The Campaign Trail!

08/08/03 – Establishment To California: Shut Up About
Immigration In This Election!

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.

  • 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,
. 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:
don`t start


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

    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
    the trail.

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
higher than

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
for Boxer.

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

immigration policy

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.