But a joint memo (see below) sent to the Contra Costa Republican Central Committee signed by state GOP Vice Chairman Tom Del Beccaro of Lafayette, Contra Costa Supervisor Mary Piepho of Discovery Bay and former Assemblywoman Lynne Leach seems to defy reality.
By way of background, the Contra Costa Republican Party Central Committee has been mired for months in disputes over leadership and finances. I won’t bore you with the details because, frankly, no one outside the small circle of political party politics really cares about the inner-workings of these things. They are common in volunteer organizations of all kinds and they usually work themselves out one way or the other.
But the memo appears to be an effort to tamp down some of the hard feelings and inspire a lovely chorus of Kumbaya, peace and love.
That’s fine and good. But really. To suggest that a return to harmony will allow the Republicans to take back the 10th Congressional District on Sept. 1 is to jump off a skyscraper and declare that you don’t believe in gravity.
This is not a reflection on the worthiness of the Republican Party or its candidates. This is reality.
The Democrats have several high-profile candidates with money and an 18 percentage point registration lead. Republicans have, so far, a few willing but utterly unknown candidates and a national party highly unlikely to invest in a district with such a huge registration gap.
And the special primary election is in a mere 7 1/2 weeks, insufficient time for the minority party to close such a large margin.
But hey, lightning could strike and I could find myself perched on the edge of that skyscraper desperately hoping that gravity is a myth, too. We’ll find out soon enough.
Here’s the joint memo: Continue Reading