Has Chuck DeVore Already Thrown in the Towel?

While the LA Times pondered 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. 

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.”  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.  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.  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.  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?  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.

  8 comments for “Has Chuck DeVore Already Thrown in the Towel?

  1. kenlaysnotdead
    April 26, 2010 at 10:45 am

    I still think his “destined to lose” campaign was just an exercise in exposure. He can now land a plum job before running for insurance commissioner or something equally mundane. He’s a young guy and is building name recognition.

    Besides, he’s a HORRIBLE public speaker. he would’nt make it two minutes in Washington.

  2. Hanson
    April 26, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    Chuck running for Mayor would be a step down from his grander aspirations, but otoh, he’d be a refreshing change from the corrupt scumbags running Irvine right now. Cleaning up Irvine would be a terrific bullet on his resume and a great step toward running against DiFi in ’12. Chuck isn’t a liar and a thief, and he’s not owned by the liberal unions or Great Park sycophants that currently own Larry and Beth.

    • April 28, 2010 at 8:57 am

      He has no record of accomplishment in his 5 years in the assembly. And running on a platform of “no” just isn’tgoing to cut it

      • J Williams
        May 6, 2010 at 11:44 pm

        It’s pretty difficult to accomplish something when your party is outnumbered almost 2 to 1. I appreciate Chuck’s strong support for lower taxes and opposition to wasteful government overspending. Chuck wants to expand our country’s supply of domestic energy and restore a strong military for national security.

  3. April 27, 2010 at 8:06 am

    For the record, that Red County article you cite is actually from a reader diary, not one of our official contributors. Appreciate the link, though! ;) Looking forward to lunch with you guys later this week…

  4. April 27, 2010 at 8:19 am

    Thanks for the clarification Chip.

  5. miaculpa
    April 28, 2010 at 8:34 am

    I thought DeVore had retired from the National Guard? He must be the only officer in the US military who has never deployed to a war zone in the past twenty years.

    • April 28, 2010 at 8:59 am

      I believe Chuck saw some action in uniform during the LA riots and I also believe that he went to Central America for something, but it’s not like he was deployed to Iraq or Kuwait or Afghanistan. Then again, I have never served in the military and don’t understand military ethos, per Chuck.

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