Those of us living in California’s 48th Congressional District are suffering election fatigue. Our Representative, Christopher Cox, is the new SEC Chairman and his congressional seat is vacant.
We will now be voting in our third election in just over two months: October 4th was the district primary and November 8th was the California statewide special election. The General Election is Dec 6th.
The 48th District has historically voted Republican and will likely go to Republican John Campbell. But Democrat Steve Young has a chance. Young has an excellent organization and it is possible that the GOP vote will be split between Campbell and Minuteman founder Jim Gilchrist.
I’ve spoken with the Campbell campaign. They told me he is fiscally responsible and strongly supports President Bush’s economic policies. When I started laughing at the contradiction, they knew they had lost my vote.
I believe Steve Young offers a reasonable alternative for change.
A friend of mine attended the Steve Young pancake breakfast this morning and emailed this summary:
My wife and I attended this morning’s pancake breakfast for Steve Young. The turnout was good and supportive of what he is trying to do. There were several speakers that offered their support. Tom Umberg, Frank Barbaro and Pat Kelly were enthusiastic about Young’s chances provided that the Democrats come out and vote. Kelly, who is Secretary Treasurer of Teamsters Union local 952 indicated that a strong effort is needed to have Democrats from all over the nation come to the support of Young. A victory in this traditional Republican area would do a lot to energize the Democratic party.
Again it was stressed that the turnout for this election will be very small. With Gilchrist expected to garner some of the votes that would go to Campbell a significant vote of registered Democratic voters will make Young a winner.
PS – the pancakes were good.
The campaign needs money and volunteers to make phone calls to get out the vote: (949) 640-4400
Best Regards, CR Calculated Risk
P.S. This will be an interesting week for housing data. Both New and Existing home sales will be reported this week and the Q3 OFHEO House Price Index will be released Dec 1st.