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Pelosi will seek to be Dems’ minority leader

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco – soon to lose her gavel, as Republicans took a majority of the House in this week’s elections – has just announced she will seek to serve as the House minority leader in the new Congress.

Pelosi, 70, the nation’s first female Speaker, was an untiring advocate of President Barack Obama’s legislative agenda in the past two years and managed to push most of it through the House, from economic stimulus to financial reform to health care to climate change (the latter of which died in the Senate).

But she became a lightning rod for Republican criticism in other parts of the country, with lots of GOP House candidates seeming to run against her rather than their actual opponents. The moderate Blue Dog Democrat caucus was devastated in Tuesday’s elections, and some of the remaining Blue Dogs urged her to step aside. Rumors had abounded that she wouldn’t seek to lead the Democrats, or that she’d retire from Congress entirely.

But she released a letter to her fellow Democrats just a few minutes ago:

“Our work is far from finished. As a result of Tuesday’s election, the role of Democrats in the 112th Congress will change, but our commitment to serving the American people will not. We have no intention of allowing our great achievements to be rolled back. It is my hope that we can work in a bipartisan way to create jobs and strengthen the middle class.

“Many of our colleagues have called with their recommendations on how to continue our fight for the middle class, and have encouraged me to run for House Democratic Leader. Based on those discussions, and driven by the urgency of protecting health care reform, Wall Street reform, and Social Security and Medicare, I have decided to run.”

Rep. George Miller, D-Martinez, who as co-chair of the the Democratic Policy and Steering Committee has been a key adviser to Pelosi, quickly issued a statement:

“I am very encouraged that Speaker Pelosi has decided to stay in Congress and run for Democratic Leader. We have many talented people in our Caucus, each of whom has contributed to our success over the past few years, but I believe she is the best person for this important job at this time.

“The fact is, Nancy Pelosi is the single most effective Member of Congress, period.

“She has accomplished more than any other Speaker in history and has always acted in the best interest of our country. She knows full well that job growth is our No. 1 priority and I know that she will stay focused on creating jobs and growing the economy.

“Nancy Pelosi is also one of the toughest people in politics today.

“She has been attacked and vilified by the right wing because of her effectiveness. But we did not lose seats in this last election because the Republicans attacked her in their negative TV ads. We lost seats primarily because of the 9.6 percent unemployment rate and continued record foreclosures caused by the worst recession since the Great Depression. The Democratic Caucus has already done a great deal to improve the economy and is committed to bringing down unemployment and helping homeowners. Having Nancy Pelosi as our minority leader will help us succeed.

“Nancy Pelosi is the person that Democrats need as their leader to help us win back the House in 2012 and continue America on its road to recovery.”

Posted on Friday, November 5th, 2010
Under: 2010 election, George Miller, Nancy Pelosi, U.S. House | 5 Comments »

Slightly wider lead for Harris in AG race

As of 9 a.m. this morning, Democrat Kamala Harris led Republican Steve Cooley by 17,015 votes – 0.2 percent of those cast – in the race for state attorney general.

Tiny as it sounds, that’s a wider margin than we’ve seen at any point since Election Day. Early Wednesday afternoon, Harris led by about 14,800 votes; yesterday evening, Cooley’s campaign issued a memo saying the gap had closed to 9,364 votes.

The Cooley campaign’s memo was, predictably, confident of eventual success:

Steve is currently running almost 15 points ahead of Republican statewide registration and over 12 points above the top of the GOP ticket. Steve also cut by more than half the Democratic margin in LA County, which the rest of the ticket was losing by roughly 30 points or more.

Steve carried 40 out of California’s 58 counties. The significance of that number is that estimates show there are more ballots to be tabulated in counties carried by Steve Cooley rather than in those counties carried by Kamala Harris. For example, there are 74,000 more ballots to be counted in Orange and San Diego Counties, which Cooley carried, than in Los Angeles County.

There appear to be roughly 1.3 million or so absentee and provisional ballots to be counted. This is a huge number – particularly given that the AG’s race is essentially a tie.

The Cooley campaign is working with local election officials in key counties to monitor the vote tabulation. We are also working closely with legal counsel to be prepared for any and all potential developments.

Harris’ consultant, Ace Smith, was also involved in the extremely close Attorney General’s race which his father lost to Dan Lungren. During the vote tabulation for that race, Smith filed legal challenges – which ultimately were thrown out – to attempt to skew the result by disenfranchising voters in counties supportive of Lungren. We are prepared to fight any such manipulations of the ballot counting process by the Harris campaign.

Given the number of votes remaining, and where those votes are coming from, the Cooley campaign is optimistic about its chances. The numbers will fluctuate – perhaps quite a bit – because county registrars report and update numbers on different timelines. Several have told us they will not be finished until Thanksgiving and some may go until the official certification of the vote deadline of December 3rd. We expect no clear outcome for a minimum of two weeks. We will keep you updated.

All of which is true. But… it won’t matter how many counties Cooley carried; lots of statewide elected officials didn’t carry most of the counties. They carry the population centers, and Harris swept the Bay Area and Cooley’s home county of Los Angeles, the latter with a big, late surge that means the last-minute ballots yet to be counted are likely to break in her favor, her campaign says.

What’s indubitably true is that this race is far from over.

Posted on Friday, November 5th, 2010
Under: 2010 election, Attorney General, Kamala Harris, Steve Cooley, Uncategorized | 2 Comments »

CD11: McNerney’s lead expands slightly

Democratic Rep. Jerry McNerney inched his way toward re-election with updated counts showing him with a 568-vote lead over opponent, GOP nominee David Harmer.

For McNerney, the trend is promising. He started out more than 3 percentage points behind in early returns but steadily closed the gap throughout the evening as the Election Day votes broke in his favor.

But the outcome is still far from decided.

The 568-vote gap represents a scant 0.3 percentage points of the 167,730 votes cast in the 11th Congressional District, which remains one of nine House races nationwide still undetermined.

And the latest numbers, posted last night, came from Alameda and Santa Clara counties, where McNerney was already winning.

Both camps anxiously await today’s vote count updates from Contra Costa and San Joaquin counties.

Harmer has a 5 percentage point lead over McNerney in the more conservative San Joaquin, and the pair are almost tied in Contra Costa County.

Tens of thousands of votes remained to be counted after Election Day, largely due to an influx of vote-by-mail ballots dropped off at the polls.  Most election clerks hope to wrap up the counting by the end of next week and certify the results before Thanksgiving.

If the 11th District vote remains close, there could be recount.

Posted on Friday, November 5th, 2010
Under: 2010 election, congressional district 11 | 2 Comments »

CD11 is a nail-biter

McNerney

McNerney

Harmer

Harmer

Early this morning, Rep. Jerry McNerney had squeaked out a 121-vote lead over GOP nominee David Harmer in the 11th Congressional District, but no one is celebrating or packing up their campaign offices yet.

Thousands of votes remain uncounted in the four counties within District 11, and Contra Costa and San Joaquin election officials, the largest voter contingent within the district, say they don’t expect to post their next round of updated vote counts until late this week and next week. (UPDATE: Contra Costa says it will have one round of updates on Friday, and another next week. Other counties have similar plans.) Nov. 12.

Why are there uncounted votes?

Election officials typically stop counting vote-by-mail ballots a day or two before Election Day in order to prepare for precinct operations. When the Election Day tallies are done, they process the vote-by-mail ballots that arrived in the mail over the weekend, Monday and Tuesday plus the VBMs dropped off at the polls on Election Day.

With the growing numbers of VBM voters and their tendency to drop them off at the polls, it drives up processing time. VBM ballots must be checked for valid signatures, stripped from their envelopes, manually rolled to remove the tri-fold creases and hand-fed into scanners. It takes a lot longer to count VBM ballots than the ballots filled out at precincts, which are fed directly into optical scanners.

I talked with Harmer and McNerney today and both sides have reasons for optimism.

For McNerney, it was clear that Election Day voters broke in the Democrat’s direction. Harmer was leading by 3 or more percentage points after the first wave of early vote-by-mail ballot counts were posted.

That gap slowly closed as Election Day counts emerged.  If the trend continues as election official count the remaining ballots, McNerney’s lead could expand and he could keep his seat. Democrats poured wads of cash into anti-Harmer ads in the 11th District in the final week, which probably spurred their voters to show up at the polls.

On the other hand, Harmer did well among early VBM voters, and it is possible that he could recover his equilibrium among the later VBM voters, particularly in San Joaquin County. Harmer held a 5 percentage point lead in San Joaquin, where 53.9 percent of District 11 voters live.

Here’s a county-by-county breakdown of the votes as of this morning, keeping in mind that all four counties still have significant numbers of uncounted ballots:

ALAMEDA COUNTY (15.5 percent of District 11 voters)

  • Harmer: 42.7 percent, 11,679 votes
  • McNerney: 57.3 percent, 15,688 votes
  • GAP: 14.6 percent, or 4,009 votes, in McNerney’s favor

CONTRA COSTA (24.6 percent of District 11 voters)

  • Harmer: 50.4 percent, 19.871 votes
  • McNerney: 49.6 percent, 19,539 percent
  • GAP: 0.8 points, or 332 votes, in Harmer’s favor

SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY (53.9 percent of District 11 voters)

  • Harmer: 52.5 percent, 45,958 votes
  • McNerney: 47.5 percent, 41,612 votes
  • GAP: 5 points, or 4,436 votes, in Harmer’s favor

SANTA CLARA COUNTY (5.9 percent of District 11 voters)

  • Harmer: 46 percent, 4,495 votes
  • McNerney: 54 percent, 5,285 votes
  • GAP: 8.1 points, or 790 votes, in McNerney’s favor

The other big question folks are asking about District 11 is whether or not there will be a recount.

It depends.

Contrary to what people seem to think, California has no automatic recount trigger mechanism.

Any voter may request a recount within five calendar days after the certification of the final election results but he or she must pay for it.  A county election officer may also conduct a recount  at taxpayer’s expense if the official has reason to believe that a mechanical error or some other processing mistake has led to incorrect results.

Typically, a voter requests a recount on behalf of a candidate, who foots the bill. Alameda County,  for example, requires a $5,000 deposit and can charge up to $1,500 a day depending on the type of recount requested. A hand recount costs more than a simple re-scan of ballots.

If the count is close, it’s possible that the candidate on the losing side of the final number will seek a recount.

Some folks confuse a this type of recount with the mandatory, 1 percent audit of election returns required of every county election office by the state. But these audits consist of a reconciliation of machine counts with paper ballots on 1 percent of the county’s entire rate of return. It is not race-specific. If the audit reveals discrepancies, the county elections office may boost the audit to 5 or 10 percent of returns in order to find the source of the problem, but that rarely happens, says East Bay election officials.

If you are curious about California Election Code provisions for recounts, click here and read Chapter 9 starting with Section 15600.

Posted on Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010
Under: 2010 election, congressional district 11 | 36 Comments »

Attorney general race still too close to call

Among statewide races, only that for attorney general remained too close to call Wednesday.

Republican Steve Cooley had declared victory late Tuesday night, but Democrat Kamala Harris surged in later returns and Cooley cancelled his Wednesday-morning news conference. By early this afternoon, Harris – who had been trailing in the polls but was seen closing the gap in the weeks leading up to Election Day – led Cooley by about 14,800 votes, or 0.2 percent of those cast.

In Cooley’s home county of Los Angeles, Harris led by about 259,000 votes, or 14.5 percent of those cast, a sign that her campaign blitzes there – including a tour of several African-American churches this past Sunday morning – might’ve helped turn the tide.

Harris campaign manager Ace Smith issued this memo a short while ago:

In spite of Steve Cooley’s Dewey-esque declaration of victory at 11:00 pm Tuesday night – which was followed six hours later by a cancellation of a Wednesday morning “victory” press conference – San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris will be the next Attorney General of the State of California. Here is why:
• With 100% of precincts reporting, Kamala Harris has won the Election Day count by 14,838 votes, 45.9% to 45.7%.
• Uncounted ballots will only bolster Kamala Harris’s lead, as they will reflect Harris’s strong Election Day advantage.
• Considering that Cooley jumped out to a 50% to 42% lead on Tuesday night thanks to early absentee ballots – and considering where the vote total ended up – our model shows that Kamala Harris clearly won the vote on Election Day by 3%. The provisional ballots cast on Tuesday will reflect Harris’s victory.
• The late absentee ballots will reflect Harris’s late surge in the race – which was captured both in public and private polling.

We will be providing updates on a regular basis in the coming days.

UPDATE @ 4 P.M.: “We are I think witnessing history, one of the most interesting upsets of conventional political wisdom in recent California history,” Smith said on a conference call with reporters just now. “We have every confidence that we are going to win this race.”

Smith said Los Angeles alone had 166,000 provisional ballots, 111,000 mail-in ballots that were physically dropped off at polling places Tuesday and 120,000 mail-in ballots that arrived in the mail just before the deadline. If the voting pattern Los Angelinos set at the polls Tuesday holds true for these additional, as-yet-uncounted ballots too, Harris will finish with a 60,000-vote margin, he said – a margin he attributes to “good old-fashioned hard work by the candidate,” although President Obama’s direct support definitely had a “positive effect” too.

“We’re not declaring victory, we’re not going to make the same mistake Steve Cooley did. We’re declaring our confidence,” Smith said.

Meanwhile, Cooley’s campaign issued this memo at about 3:30 p.m.:

“With the counties completing their semi-official returns, Steve Cooley trails Kamala Harris by 14,838 votes – two-tenths of a percentage point. There are over 1 million provisional and absentee ballots yet to be counted.”

“The race for Attorney General will not be decided for at least another couple of weeks and potentially could go until the official Certification of Vote deadline on December 3.”

“We will continue to monitor the situation. The only thing we are certain of is that the final outcome will be close. We are grateful for all the good wishes of our supporters and will keep you updated.”

Posted on Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010
Under: 2010 election, Attorney General, Kamala Harris, Steve Cooley | 3 Comments »

What’s the story of last night’s CA election?

The Contra Costa Times’ home page headline this morning is “Red tide hits Blue wall,” and that’s undoubtedly true.

As Republicans elsewhere in the nation took 11 governor’s offices from Democrats, Jerry Brown overcame Meg Whitman’s $161.5 million blitz to become the nation’s only Democratic gubernatorial pickup. As Republicans elsewhere in the nation picked up six seats in the U.S. Senate, U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer turned away the toughest challenge of her career, from Carly Fiorina. Neither race was nearly as close as polls and pundits had projected.

In fact, neither were most of the down-ticket races; at this hour, with the attorney general’s race still too close to call, it’s possible that Democrats swept the statewide offices. And as a Republican tide undid the Democrats’ electoral victories of the past two cycles to retake the House of Representatives and end Nancy Pelosi’s reign as Speaker, here in the 11th Congressional District, Jerry McNerney – perhaps the state’s most endangered Democratic House member – holds a razor-thin margin over Republican challenger David Harmer as ballots continue to be counted.

Why?

Naturally, your opinion this morning seems to depend on where you’re standing.

“Feeling pessimistic, but bucking the national trend, California voters decided against a pair of untested Republicans in favor of old-school Democrats on Tuesday,” the New York Times reported.

From Robert Cruickshank at Calitics.com:

So. What all does this mean?

First, that Californians want to be governed by Democrats, and certainly not by wealthy CEOs. The Whitman bust is one of the most laughable and epic political failures we’ve ever seen. She spent $160 million to lose by double digits. Ultimately she and Fiorina could not overcome the basic contradiction of Republican politics: their base hates Latinos, but California’s elections are increasingly decided by Latinos.

More importantly, Californians rejected right-wing economics. They rejected Whitman and Fiorina’s attack on government and public spending to produce economic recovery.

From Steve Frank at California News & Views:

In my opinion, our losses were not due to lack of money (except for our registration effort). Nor was it because of a lack of personnel and smart people.

Two words for this massive lost [sic] in California, while the GOP was winning in a landslide–or just winning–in 49 other States.

ARNOLD SCHWARZEGGER. [sic]

Would you trust a political party that gave you $140 billion in defiicits? Would you trust a Party that gave you a Governor looking for ways to give amnesty to illegal aliens?

Would you trust a political party that has a Governor that supports choo-choo trains over economic stability and loves ObamaCare?

Arnold brought us to 12.4% unemployment and a Great Depression.

Arnold also bankrupted the California Republican Party–he caused divisions and disputes–kept donors from supporting the GOP.

With Arnold as the titular head of the California GOP–with a fiscal record that put us into a Depression, with policies like AB 32 that have caused massive unemployment and will devastate the Satte over the next few years, with his refusal to support his own political party–after seven years he has done the impossible.

He destroyed a political party and he has destroyed a whole State–Our slogan now is “Welcome to the Tarnished State”.

Any wonder the Republican Party of California lost most everything yesterday?

So, readers, what do you think? Latino outrage, class warfare, a wildly unpopular Republican incumbent governor, lousy candidates or campaigns, old habits dying hard, or something else entirely — why couldn’t the GOP seal the deal here in California?

Posted on Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010
Under: 2010 election, 2010 governor's race, Democratic politics, Republican politics | 20 Comments »

What they’re saying about Proposition 24

Proposition 24 – which would’ve rescinded about $1.3 billion in corporate tax breaks, enacted during the 2008 and 2009 state budget deals, that are to take effect Jan. 1 – looks like it’s headed for defeat; at this hour, it has only 40 percent support.

From Tim Valderrama, California executive director for TechNet and member of the executive committee for the campaign against Prop. 24.

“Voters tonight – by defeating Proposition 24, the Jobs Tax Initiative — have said no to shortsighted gimmicks and yes to policies that promote job creation.

“Proposition 24 would have repealed common sense tax reforms designed to create and retain jobs in California, and to help the state’s employers, including small businesses, get through these hard times. We were confident that voters would understand what was at stake on this initiative and their vote tonight makes it clear that they did.

“The defeat of Prop. 24 can be seen as an endorsement of the kind of bipartisan effort that originally led to the tax reforms the measure targeted. Californians want policies that encourage job growth and foster an economy that’s healthy enough to pay for the services our state’s citizens deserve.”

From California Teachers Association President David Sanchez:

“The defeat of Proposition 24 is certainly disappointing for our students and public schools. These tax giveaways will mean more cuts to public education at a time when class sizes are increasing and vital student programs have been eliminated. We can only hope that the businesses that benefit from these tax breaks will do as they claimed and reinvest those dollars into new jobs and into our economy.

“Throughout the campaign, one theme has been constant from editorial writers and opinion leaders, that these tax breaks desperately need fine-tuning by the legislature. We hope lawmakers listen so hardworking taxpayers don’t continue to pay more than their fair share. Investing in our public schools is essential to rebuilding our communities and our economic future.

“I want to thank all of the hardworking and dedicated educators and our other supporters, including the League of Women Voters, the California State PTA, AFSCME, the California School Employees Association, the California Faculty Association and so many others who worked so hard to give a break to regular taxpayers.”

Posted on Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010
Under: 2010 election, ballot measures, taxes | No Comments »

What they’re saying about Prop. 19

Most news outlets have called Proposition 19, the marijuana legalization measure, a failure tonight; with 18.7 percent of the state’s precincts reporting, it has only 43 percent of the vote.

“We are waiting for those late voters, we aren’t ready to call it a night yet,” Yes on 19 spokeswoman Dale Jones said about half an hour ago.

But with things looking grim, she said, the measure’s supporters look forward to working with the coalition they built as well as the measure’s opponents to figure out the next step – another measure in 2012, almost certainly, but a turn to the Legislature even sooner than that.

Lawmakers “have definitely got the message and are ready to move the ball forward, too,” she said. “California is ready to move away from a failed policy.”

That does indeed seem to be the talking point for the Yes on 19 crowd. From co-proponent Richard Lee’s statement:

“Over the course of the last year, it has become clear that the legalization of marijuana is no longer a question of if but a question of when. Because of this campaign, millions now understand it’s time to develop an exit strategy for the failed war on marijuana. Across the state our opponents, including many newspaper editorial boards that failed to properly understand Prop. 19, repeatedly stated that their quibbles were not with legalization in general. When we come back with a new initiative in 2012, there will be a seat at the table for all of these new stakeholders. And we will be coming back, stronger than ever.”

And, from Drug Policy Alliance Executive Director Ethan Nadelmann:

California’s Proposition 19 may not have won a majority of votes yesterday, but it already represents an extraordinary victory for the broader movement to legalize marijuana. Its mere presence on the ballot, combined with a well run campaign, transformed public dialogue about marijuana and marijuana policy.

Prop. 19 both elevated and legitimized public discourse about marijuana and marijuana policy. The media coverage, around the country and internationally, has been exceptional, both in quantity and quality. The campaign forged an unprecedented coalition of drug policy reformers, mainstream civil rights groups, organized labor, and a large contingent of outspoken retired law enforcement figures.

There’s now solid and increasing evidence that marijuana legalization is an issue that young people care about a lot – and that putting it on the ballot increases the chances that they’ll actually vote. Both major parties have no choice but to pay attention, especially when the political allegiances of young voters are very much up for grabs.

For those of us engaged in long term strategizing on marijuana law reform, the plan remains the same: to put the issue to voters in states where polls show majority support for legalizing marijuana, and to introduce similar bills in state legislatures. It’s too soon to say whether the issue will be back on the ballot in California in 2012, but at the very least we know that a bill to tax and regulate marijuana will be considered by the state legislature, just as one was earlier this year.

But Roger Salazar, spokesman for the No on 19 campaign, said a failure is a failure.

“The voters showed us tonight that they’re more interested in the details, and the details of this thing showed it wasn’t going to do the things they said it was going to do,” he said.

As for working with the Yes on 19 camp to develop a better measure for 2012, Salazar said “it didn’t seem to be a measure that had a high interest level with voters – it had a high level of interest with activists, a small number of people.”

“The burden is on the activists to prove that this is something that Californians not only are ready for, but actually are even interested in, and I think they have a long way to go given what happened tonight.”

Posted on Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010
Under: 2010 election, ballot measures, marijuana | No Comments »

Lee: Voters will regret GOP’s House takeover

“When the smoke clears, I think people are going to say, ‘My God, what have we done?’”

So said Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, a few minutes ago, discussing the Republican takeover of the House of Representatives.

“We have to regroup, I hope Speaker Pelosi continues to serve as our minority leader,” Lee said. “I think we really have to look at what has been said tonight, the American people are really suffering, they want jobs, they want the quality of life everyone deserves.”

But Lee said she believes voters across the nation will soon realize Republicans and tea partiers “totally obstructed the jobs agenda” for the past two years, voting against job-creation measures and unemployment insurance extensions at every turn.

“The frustration and the fact that the economy has not turned around quick enough is what the message has been … but if we can get money out of the political system and start to bring forward what the Democrats have done and what the Republicans have obstructed, people will begin to realize what the tea party really stands for,” Lee said.

News outlets are projecting victories for Democratic gubernatorial nominee Jerry Brown and incumbent U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer. Lee said “these are tremendous victories” for Democrats who have the experience and the burning desire to create jobs. “Part of the message that Californians have sent tonight is that they’re not going let elections be bought, and I’m very proud of that, proud of Californians for staying the course.”

Posted on Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010
Under: 2010 election, 2010 governor's race, Barbara Lee, U.S. House | 2 Comments »

Brown and Boxer get out the vote in Oakland

Several hundred Bay Area Democrats chose to forego the start of the fifth game of the World Series this evening in favor of packing into a section of Oakland’s Jack London Square for a final get-out-the-vote rally with most of the Democratic slate of statewide candidates.

Cynthia Rapak, 62, of San Francisco, wore a Giants cap as a sign of her torn allegiances; she said she wanted Democratic gubernatorial nominee Jerry Brown “to see that I’ll make the ultimate sacrifice.”

“The Giants might win tonight, but civic duty comes first – I always vote,” said the retired Oakland Unified School District teacher, noting she believes the campaign’s endgame bodes well for Brown. “Meg went 11 places, and Jerry is 72 and he went to 12. He talked about civic dialogue and she talked about managing; she doesn’t have a clue.”

She and the rest of the crowd heard from Kamala Harris, the Democratic nominee for attorney general; Dave Jones, the Democratic nominee for insurance commissioner; John Chiang, the incumbent state controller; and Debra Bowen, the incumbent secretary of state before the top of the ticket began to take the stage: incumbent U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif. By then it was the bottom of the fifth inning, but the cheering, sign-waving crowd no longer seemed to mind.

“You’re the key to sending me back to fight for the middle class, to fight for jobs … to fight against the special interests,” Boxer said, exhorting the crowd to get everyone they know to the polls tomorrow.

Then, backdropped by Port of Oakland cargo cranes and a Bay sunset, Brown took the podium and thanked the Democratic slate for “making this a real team victory. We’ll win tomorrow, we’ll win for you.”

He noted the crisply uniformed Oakland Military Institute students lining the back of the stage, and said the Democrats’ goal is to make sure all California students have the resources and opportunities they need to achieve solid educations.

“Victory brings even more challenges – in fact, the campaign is a piece of cake (compared) to fixing the budget,” he said. “I didn’t make this mess, but I sure want to fix it.”

Just as Republican gubernatorial nominee Meg Whitman has claimed in her ads, California was working well when she arrived her 30 years ago, he said – and he was governor at the time. “And you know what? It’s going to start working again for everybody.”

In a final jab at his opponent, he directed supporters seeking details of his platform to his campaign website. “Whitman’s plan is mostly pictures, but I have more respect for you,” he said.

And then, by partway through the top of the sixth inning, it was over.

Posted on Monday, November 1st, 2010
Under: 2010 election, 2010 governor's race, Barbara Boxer, Dave Jones, Debra Bowen, Jerry Brown, John Chiang, Kamala Harris, Meg Whitman, U.S. Senate, Uncategorized | 1 Comment »