Recall Denham Anyway

With State Senate president calling off support the for recall of State Senator Jeff Dunham in the spirit of compromise to ask Republicans to pass a timely budget this year, there’s some chest thumping on the part of some Republicans that this was a sign that the Denham recall effort didn’t really have popular support. 

It was fun to read Jon Fleischman’s whiny posts about how this recall was politically motivated and the LA Times reported Denham complained of a political witch hunt even though he contributed thousands of dollars to recall Gray Davis in 2003. No principles then I guess.

So Perata has called it off and taken the high road.  I say recall Denham anyway.  The recall is still on the ballot; he’s a lousy senator and giving this district back to the Democrats will eliminate the relevance of Republicans in the State Senate.  Dump Denham.

Gray Davis was recalled in a highly political campaign pushed by Republicans.  Today’s budget crisis and economic situation is far worse than what we went through with Gray, but you don’t see any Republicans calling for a recall of Schwarzenegger.

For Republicans to complain that the Denham recall is purely political, then they would be correct.  And it would serve them right.  Revenge is a dish best served cold.  Recall Denham means Perata can still claim the high road and give the Flash readers more reason to bitch and moan.


  7 comments for “Recall Denham Anyway

  1. May 9, 2008 at 4:25 pm

    I’m with you Dan. Recall the SOB anyway.

  2. demmother
    May 9, 2008 at 5:01 pm

    What you & the LA Times forget is the political recall was mastered by Jim Brulte and the Republican Party.

    Paul Horcher (he voted for Willie Brown!) successful recall
    Doris Allen (voted w/Dems for herself to be speaker) successful recall
    Mark (Mike?) Machado (bare majority Dem in Central Valley) unsuccessful recall

    The Doris Allen recall was spectacle in itself… anyone remember Laurie Campbell? Rhonda Carmony Rohrabacher? (I LOVED the knee socks!) Curt Pringle staffers gathering signatures for Ms. Campbell?

    Perata was wrong to do this and he is an a**hole. Aren’t you glad we did not extend his term limits?

  3. RHackett
    May 9, 2008 at 5:36 pm

    I agree with you Dan.

    With Denham a goner and Tom McC’s old seat going to the Dems, the GOP would be irrelevant.

    Repubs were all licking each other’s privates when they recalled Davis. Now that Arnold realizes that folks like Jonny Fish et al have zero clout to affect them they are left as mere voyeurs in the process.

    Adios Senor Denham. The issue is still on the ballot. And Simon Salinas was a very popular Assemblyman in that district.

  4. May 10, 2008 at 9:15 am

    Seeing this warms my heart. Democrats here in Monterey County were devastated and very angry at Perata for his backstabbing actions this week. Glad to hear you think the recall should go forward – I feel that way as well.

    However, I have to ask what all you’re willing to do to make this happen. Without Perata’s money local Democrats here and over in the Central Valley will need help – especially money – to continue the campaign. If we were to mount such an effort, would OC Dems be willing to help?

    Think of it this way – we all live in Denham’s district. What he does, what happens with this recall, affects us all. And with Perata gone it really is a fight between Denham and the people.

  5. Dan Chmielewski
    May 10, 2008 at 11:08 am

    Robert –
    I have to believe that Democrats in general will come out in force to kick this guy out. What is the local party willing to do up there? With Perata terms out, there’s no threat of recourse by not following the speaker. Keep the organization to Recall Denham going and kick him out.

    Do you have an address to send money? We’ll put it up here.

  6. waste of time...
    May 10, 2008 at 12:37 pm

    Wow. I can’t believe you guys are defending Perata. He has been a disaster. I am sorry I supported him for Leadership and I am happy to see him go at the end of the year. Perata is more concerned about personal vengence rather than being a leader. Seriously?! He promoted this dumb recall. He killed Healthcare reform. And now we are about to go into budget negotiations with a bunch of bitter and angry reps wanting revenge.

    When are you guys going to start thinking about the people of California and the battle we are about to lead. This isn’t good for the poor, the needy, the women, the children, the elderly, all of whom are dependent on the likes of Perata and his personal need for revenge. Steinberg is a breath of fresh air and will be a fantastic leader. He will also not play these childish games of gotcha…

  7. demmother
    May 10, 2008 at 4:48 pm

    I agree w/ WOT

    Not ONE dime to Perata. He hasn’t done crap for OC & won’t do crap for Monterey.

    I find him to be a complete embarrassment to the Democratic Party.

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