DeVore vs. Boxer 2010: Chuck’s Letter

Here is the text of Chuck DeVore’s letter to supporters announcing his campaign for U.S. Senate.

Chuck DeVoreOn Wednesday, November 12, I will declare my candidacy for the United States Senate against Barbara Boxer in 2010. You may see my announcement live online at 1pm at:  

Recession and credit markets, wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, energy price volatility and climate change — President-elect Obama faces tough challenges — challenges that will be made even more dangerous with the dramatic left-turn America took last Tuesday.  

California Senator Barbara Boxer will come up for re-election on her 34th year in public office in less than two years. Her time as a politician has marked her as divisive and extreme; this is why opinion polls have consistently shown her to have one of the lowest approval ratings of any California politician. And, with the 2010 mid-terms setting up what historically will be a challenging year for Democrats (think 1994 all over again). Boxer will face the most vulnerable election in her career.  

I became acquainted with Barbara Boxer soon after she was elected to the U.S. House when I worked with Congress as one of President Ronald Reagan’s appointees in the Pentagon. Her pandering to the far left of her party was as dangerous and irresponsible then as it is now. Fortunately, Barbara Boxer’s rash plans to strip America of her defenses have been frequently defeated by Democrats and Republicans alike — so far.  

Today, Boxer is better known for wanting steep tax increases on productive people and businesses, as well as discouraging affordable domestic energy production. Her wrong-headed policies result in more jobs being exported, and more oil being imported. Instead of Boxer’s “No, no, no,” we need safe, modern and zero carbon emission nuclear power and increased oil production in America.  

Days ago, I was elected to my third and final term in the State Assembly. I am the lead Republican on tax policy in the Assembly. I was a key team member in stopping tax increases in the face of an all-out push from Democrats and our governor. We succeeded.  

I intend to take the same hard-nosed approach that lead to our tax victory to my campaign for California in 2010. California, and America, cannot afford another six years of Barbara Boxer. Almost half of California’s 70 partisan elected Republicans agree and have already endorsed me.  

This two-year campaign will take an enormous amount of effort, skill and money to succeed – but California and America are worthy of the investment. We are well on our way to building a statewide team with a savvy, and national, internet fundraising machine based on Obama’s impressive online model. To begin to deliver my message to the voters, I need your help. The maximum any individual can contribute to my campaign is $2,300 per person for the primary election and $4,600 per person for the Primary and General Election ($9,200 per couple in the Primary and General Election.)  

As I take on Barbara Boxer I need your support. This is a fight I can’t win without you. Please take a moment to complete the attached contribution form and include your email address. To save expenses and t maximize your contribution we will operating primarily online with announcements, events and updates on my campaign. You may also join my campaign and contribute online at  

Please support our effort to stem the tide of liberalism and revive the true principles of the Republic — together, we can do this.  

All the best,  

Chuck DeVore
California State Assemblyman, 70th District    

Comments anyone?

  14 comments for “DeVore vs. Boxer 2010: Chuck’s Letter

  1. Dan Chmielewski
    November 11, 2008 at 7:03 pm

    Chuck — the dangerous left turn American took? Good thing we;ve saved all your comments here. I’m sure the Boxer campaign will be mining this site to use your words against you.

  2. Steve Kim
    November 11, 2008 at 7:03 pm

    How quickly Republicans want us to forget the extensive damage that they have inflicted on our country and the world.

  3. Eric Cooper
    November 11, 2008 at 7:18 pm

    LOSER CHUCK! Doesn’t have a chance. He will carry OC and Bakersfield…and that’s about it!

  4. Anon
    November 11, 2008 at 7:30 pm


    Please, please run. At the very least you make Arnold (or whoever the viable candidate in the Republican Party is) spend money and go hard right to earn the party endorsement. That will soften them up in the primary.

    Chuck, you couldn’t raise 250k let alone millions.

    What a joke.

    But hey, he is more qualified than Sarah Palin…

  5. just...asking?
    November 11, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    Maybe Chuck will use the proceeds from his chinese spy novel. That should cover the cost of a couple of stamps!

    I look forward to Chuck telling voters where he is planning to place all the nukes he wants in California, I don’t think Boxer will let him off the hook on that one.

    Wonder who else was in the reep meeting when Chuck drew this short straw. …just asking?

  6. November 11, 2008 at 10:13 pm

    Not only does Chuck have to face himself, he must also go against history: no Orange County pol has won statewide office since Thomas Kuchel served as senator for a couple of terms in the 1950s and 1960s. John Seymour was appointed by Pete Wilson to replace him, then lost to Feinstein.

  7. The Lovable Curmudgeon
    November 11, 2008 at 11:38 pm

    Perhaps Gustavo meant no OC REPUBLICAN pol.
    Democrat Ken Cory served as State Controller from 1975-1987.

  8. Republican Dementia
    November 12, 2008 at 5:03 am

    DeVore winning is about as likely as a blizzard in Irvine.

    He sure doesn’t have a humility problem, does he?

  9. Republican Dementia
    November 12, 2008 at 5:26 am

    Ok, I can’t help rubber-necking at a massive pile-up on the freeway, so I went to look at Chuckie’s website.

    Holy moly. It looks like his first order of business is to boost our economy by putting gigantic flags on public buildings. Looks at the scale of the US flag. It’s bigger than the flagpole. How does that get attached to the building? Is it nuclear-powered?

  10. Northcountystorm
    November 12, 2008 at 11:51 am

    Gustavo, a correction:

    Garden Grove Democratic Assemblyman Ken Cory was the most recent Orange County pol to win statewide office. Ken was elected State Controller in 1974 and in a pre-term limits world won re-election twice.

    His campaign theme was ” The Man the Oil Companies Fear the Most” (the Controller sits on the State Lands Commission which deals with oil leases on state lands). So a catchy campaign slogan can help propel someone from the media desert of the OC to statewide office. But not always as Joe “The Man Who Cracked Enron” Dunn unfortunately discovered in his race for the office 32 years later.

    I don’t think Cory’s record is in jeopardy due to Don Quioxte Devore’s candidacy but it might be entertaining to speculate on a campaign slogan for Team Devore. How bout :


  11. November 12, 2008 at 12:51 pm

    I stand corrected and should’ve said “Republican.” Either way, Devore has little chance.

  12. Homewrecker
    November 12, 2008 at 1:07 pm

    According to Survey USA, Barbara Boxer’s approval rating is 51% approve/39% disapprove as of March 2008. Apparently, Mr. DeVore feels free to play fast and loose with the facts when it suits his ego and political ambitions (see also: Assemblyman Todd Spitzer).

  13. stevesrebelclone
    November 12, 2008 at 4:26 pm

    Personally, I believe Senator Boxer to be a much more effective Senator for California, and just an all around better Democrat. I wish Feinstein would go away, but not at the hands of a republican like DeVore. Don’t you all remember how we had to rein her in with the judicial appointments. She voted for both Roberts and Alito calling them “exemplary judicials”. I remember those hearings and they are nothing of the sort, what with Alito approving the strip search of a 9 yr old and Roberts refusing to tackle significant legislative and Executive questions instead relying on those respective branches to determine each others limits. Thus ensuing the age of the Unitary Executive. I’d support her re-election, but only because DeVore is a joke of an assemblyman.

  14. Dan Chmielewski
    November 12, 2008 at 8:15 pm

    Chuck’s record on education, Iraq, choice, his support for President Bush, and his record on environment are going to sink him here. Why do I think this race is a ploy to raise money for something else? You can’t run for Senate on a record of promoting Hemp unless you’re smoking some of Hemp’s illegal cousin…

    I’m amused that Chuck thinks he can coipy Obama’s model. Obama is a charismatic, inspiring leader. And Chuck is ….Chuck.

    Plus, I’m hoping that President Obama will remember that Chuck teammed up with Floyd Brown to produce some TV spots that failed the truthiness test in North Carolina, and come out to California and campaign for Boxer.

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