Barbara Boxer, the liberal Democrat Senator who has been in the Senate representing California for the past 23 years, and served in Congress 10 years before that, is retiring. As a result, her California Senate seat is open. 34 candidates are running for the office. There are two prominent Democrats who are running, Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, and California Attorney General Kamala Harris.
The Los Angeles Times gave a lukewarm and conditional endorsement of Kamala Harris today. Here is what the LA Times had to say about Kamala Harris:
But too often, Harris has been cautious and calculated to a fault, perhaps to avoid mistakes that could impede her political rise. She literally wrote the book on criminal justice reform — “Smart on Crime,” which came out in 2009. Yet she sat on the sidelines while Gov. Jerry Brown implemented his critically important “realignment” policy, shifting low-level offenders from state prison to county jail and probation.
When California voters were considering Proposition 47, another dramatic criminal justice reform initiative that reduced certain drug, theft and other felonies to misdemeanors, Harris refused to take a position. Her voice was missing at a time when it was most needed. Later, she failed to take a leadership role in the law’s implementation.
The Times gave an even more critical analysis of Loretta Sanchez:
Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Orange) has often stepped into controversy — intentionally and unintentionally. She embarrassed party leaders by scheduling a fundraiser at the Playboy Mansion during the Democratic convention in 2000. She had to apologize during the current race after making a stereotypical Native American “war cry” gesture. It would be easier to overlook Sanchez’s unfiltered style if she had a more impressive track record during her 20 years in Congress. … But she hasn’t authored significant bills or stood out as a leader in the California delegation.
Here is what they have to say about the leading Republicans in the race:
Republican Duf Sundheim is a former state GOP chairman who supports same-sex marriage and a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. But he’s never held office and is untested. Republican Silicon Valley multimillionaire Ron Unz’s unconventional thinking ignores party ideology; he backs a higher minimum wage and a path to citizenship, but wants to cap legal immigration and opposes affirmative action.
Another former state GOP chairman, Tom Del Beccaro, is a small-government, flat-tax, conservative Republican.
A small-government, flat-tax, conservative Republican. What a great endorsement the Times gave to Tom Del Beccaro. Friends, Tom Del Beccaro is the right person to replace ultra-liberal Barbara Boxer in the U.S. Senate. Tom is very personable, very bright, and has cross-over appeal to Democrats and Independents.
Tom has a great tax plan and economic plan that has been endorsed by the following titans of economic pro-growth policies: Steve Forbes, Art Laffer, Stephen Moore and Larry Kudlow. His water management plan has received praise from economists and politicos as a serious plan to end drought in the State of California.
Tom has received endorsements from many Congressmen, Senators and Assemblymembers. There is no question that Tom is the right person to ascend to the seat of the U.S. Senate from California.
To learn more about Tom, and his policies, please go to his website: www.tomdel.com.
It is important that we vote for Tom in the primary so that he makes the top-two runoff election. Otherwise, we are liable to see two Democrats in the runoff, Harris and Sanchez.