Republican Options

Twice now, the citizens have taken matters in their own hands and started a recall for Democrat governors, Gray Davis and now Gavin Newsom.

Each has done great damage to the once great State of California.

Citizens have organized to recall Governor Newsom because of his detrimental policies on commerce, finance, taxes, the COVID lockdown, etc. The huge effort to get the one million plus signatures was accomplished by a cross-section of voters of all political stripes. This recall is for “all” of the voters, not one party. All the voters are fed up.

Now that we have done it, we must vote Governor Newsom out of office overwhelmingly so we will have a mandate to change California for the better. Newsom does not care about the voters; his driving support is the civil service and teachers’ unions who you will see are supporting him. He is their cash cow as was Gray Davis.

But once we have voted Newsom out, we must select a qualified candidate to replace him who will lead the state strongly and in the right direction. There are now 46 candidates running for this job. Only two have any government experience. A strong business person is also running who came close to beating Governor Newsom in the last election.

The last thing we need is another Arnold Schwarzenegger who talked a good job but never knew which way was up. Right now a lookalike is Larry Elder, a radio announcer. He talks for change but has no experience. It is easy to sit in a radio studio closet and blab over a microphone but have no notion how to run thing outside or develop a winning budget. Elder is an Arnold look alike and should notbe encouraged to run. He is just a lot of words on a microphone that can be heard primarily in the L.A. area.

The most prominent candidate with all of the qualifications to hit the street running with a short learning curve, is Kevin Kiley, assemblymember for the Sacramento, El Dorado, and Placer counties. He is a graduate of Harvard and Yale law schools. As an assemblymember, he has been in the forefront of the recall effort. He has led the fight to reopen our schools. He is a conservative who knows the political system in the state and can be the most effective influence to make changes for us.

A second good candidate is Kevin Faulconer, the ex-mayor of San Diego, third largest city in California. He also knows the government organization and can be almost as effective. A well-qualified business person is John Cox of San Diego and past governor candidate. So please do not vote for the loudest mouth in the lineup again, vote for Kevin Kiley, et al.

Editor’s Note: No one came close to beating Newsom in the 2018 election; he was elected governor with 61.9 percent of the vote, the highest of any Democrat for that office in California history. Among Republicans, the highest vote-getter was Earl Warren, who won the governorship with 91.6 percent of the vote in 1946. At the end of his term, he was picked by President Eisenhower to lead the Supreme Court, which soon thereafter decided the Brown v. Board of Education case. Interestingly, Warren also led California’s Republican Party until 1938, succeeding Hollywood mogul Louis B. Mayer.


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