While the LA Times ponderedÂ the political future of US Senate candidate Chuck DeVore and why, in spite of the support of the Teabagger movement, he’s not raising more money or being more competitive.Â
You can read about it here, but my favorite part of the article is a confession of sorts from Chuck: “Ballot titles matter a lot in California,” DeVore told a Family Action PAC luncheon at the Pacific Club in Newport Beach. “They called me a California state assemblyman. That’s like saying Chuck DeVore’s a thief. My actual title is assemblyman/military reservist. In our internal polling, that change alone doubled my support, when people found out I was not merely a scum-sucking politician.”Â Voters who support strong public education in Ad-70 probably just associate Chuck with the “scum sucking” part.
And while this is all well and good, frankly we’re rooting for Chuck to win the Republican primary just to watch Senator Barbara Boxer wipe the floor with Chuck in November because there is no way a hard right teabagging conservative like Chuck is going to get elected to the US Senate in the very Blue state of California especially since Democrats increased voter registgration here while Republicans declined in the last year.
And our friends at Red County called calling Chuck the new Ronald Reagan. Even if that were true, that’s reason enough to vote against him.
I attended the Irvine Chamber of Commerce’s breakfast with the Mayor event last Friday.Â I ran into a number of Irvine community leaders and more than a few of them asked me what I knew about Chuck DeVore running for city council or running for Mayor when he loses the Republican primary for US Senate in a few months like the decision was a done deal.Â While the office is a step down for Chuck’s lofty asiprations of being elected to statewide or federal office representing California, he’ll be termed out in the Assembly and will need a job to continue a political platform to run for something else — governeror, Lt. governor, or some other statewide office.
Chuck is going to have a rough time running in Irvine where IUSD parents are not happy about the lack of support our schools have received from the assemblyman over the past six years.Â And he’s going to have some issues running on an anti-corruption platform since The California Citizens for Ethics is Government is calling for an investigation of DeVore for allegedly using his taxpayer-dollar-funded state assembly staff to work on his campaign.
So Mayor DeVore or Council member DeVore?Â It’s only a seat for Chuck to keep warm until he can run for higher office once he has better name recognition assuming Irvine voters would even elect him.