Former New York mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, whose status as “America’s Mayor” catapulted him to the head of the GOP field for most of last year, finished third. His speech to supporters had the feel of a goodbye, and top aides said he plans to drop out Wednesday and endorse McCain in California ahead of a debate there.
Speaking in Orlando as tears ran down his staffers’ faces, Giuliani said: “I’m proud that we chose to stay positive and run a campaign of ideas. We ran a campaign that was uplifting. You don’t always win but you can always try to do it right.”
Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will barnstorm three cities tomorrow, Wednesday, Jan. 30, to hold press events promoting Hillary Clinton’s economic stimulus package. They’re bound for Oakland’s Merritt College in the morning, Sacramento’s Quinn Cottages at midday and Clinton’s East Los Angeles campaign headquarters in the late afternoon, talking on themes including the foreclosure crisis and the needs of working families.
In fact, don’t even think about it. This just in from Secretary of State Debra Bowen‘s office:
SACRAMENTO – A Weed man was charged today with one felony count accusing him of casting two ballots in the November 2005 Special Statewide Election following an investigation by Secretary of State Debra Bowen’s fraud unit. The voter allegedly cast one ballot by mail a week before that election and voted a second time at the polls on Election Day.
After conducting her official canvass for the special election, Siskiyou County Clerk Colleen Setzer noticed the apparent double voting and alerted the Secretary of State’s office. An investigation by the Secretary’s Election Fraud Investigation Unit concluded that Dennis Roy Roberts had indeed voted by mail and also at the polls. A forensic handwriting expert confirmed the signatures on the ballot and precinct documents both belong to Roberts.
The November 2005 special election ballot contained eight statewide initiatives. Also on the ballot in Siskiyou County was a Measure A, a local bond benefiting the Siskiyou Joint Community College District, which voters approved. Roberts is Athletic Director at College of the Siskiyous.
“The Presidential Primary Election is a week away and the message here is if you vote more than once in California, you will be caught,” said Secretary Bowen, the state’s chief elections officer. “Voter fraud is not acceptable, and I applaud Colleen Setzer and her staff for their vigilance in helping keep California elections clean.”
Siskiyou County District Attorney J. Kirk Andrus charged Roberts with one count of Elections Code Section 18560(b), voting more than once. It is punishable by up to three years in prison.
With 20-plus primaries set for Tsunami Tuesday on Feb. 5, the presidential candidates and their surrogates won’t have too much time to linger in California.
But we will see all the candidates touch down in Southern California for CNN-sponsored debates this week. The Republicans debate on Wednesday, while the Democrats will face off on Thursday. Both debates will air live from 5-7 p.m. on CNN.
He’s not on the ballot but President George Bush will be in California on Wednesday, as well, with a planned speech on the economy in Southern California followed by a fund-raising trip to the Bay Area later that day. (He’ll be in Hillsborough raising big bucks for the Republican National Committee.)
Here’s a quick rundown of the balance of the candidates’ Golden State schedules as of this moment and believe me, it can shift on a dime:
John Edwards will be in Los Angeles on Friday, joining striking Writers Guild members on a picket line at midday before taking part (with Clinton and Obama, of course) in the CNN/LA Times/Politico.com Democratic candidates’ debate that evening. And at 9:45 a.m. Friday, he’ll hold a “special community event” at San Jose State University’s Barret Ballroom.