Updated: Ling Ling Chang will run for the SD-29 seat in the event State Senator Josh Newman is recalled. Sources tell TheLiberalOC that Chang polls the best for Republicans in the district. And this has caused Orange County BoS 4th district supervisor Shawn Nelson to reconsider running and sticking to a campaign for Judge. Chang lost by a narrow margin but in a special election, it expected to do much better.
As the signature gathering process to force a recall of newly-elected Josh Newman begins to edge closer to reality, Republicans within SD-29 are starting to organize possible candidacies to run for that office.
Former state representative and current Fourth District Board of Supervisors candidate Young Kim already has a fundraising mechanism in place, experience in Sacramento and support from the Republican establishment in SD-29. Fullerton City Council member Bruce Whitaker was considering a run for the Board of Supervisors and is awaiting the outcome of the recall effort before deciding which office to pursue.
Kim would be a much stronger candidate and was recently honored for her single term in the assembly by the Anaheim City Council — a term in which she accomplished nothing (why Anaheim Council member posed with her for Anaheim’s flag day is baffling).
The approach of the Democratic Party to the Newman recall is to campaign to stop people from signing and let the petitions fail for a lack of validated signatures. Recalling Newman won’t change the gas tax that has so many conservatives upset and Newman’s votes in the state senate are hardly controversial.
Plan B needs to be a massive “vote no on the recall” and this will test the electorate in SD-29 to get out and vote no. Republicans always turn out for special elections, so if the recall effort does go through, voters will have to come through for Newman and the party to protect that oh-so-slim supermajority.