Posts Tagged ‘Farrah Douglas’
The informal, non-scientific poll results from Albondigas North County shows a close campaign in the 76th State Assembly District, but Republican Rocky Chavez is leading fellow Republican Sherry Hodges in San Diego County’s only R vs. R run-off for a state legislative seat.
The former Oceanside City Councilman and Acting Secretary for the California Department of Veteran Affairs is leading Hodges 50% – 45%, with another 5% choosing “other.”
We’ve uploaded the full poll results, here: Albondigas North County June 2012
By Ryan Trabuco
I must first preface this post by saying I have come to know Farrah Douglas through my volunteer efforts within the local Republican Party over the last few years. I respect Farrah. She’s an accomplished woman, and I believe she’s done an admirable job on the Carlsbad City Council.
However, when a legitimate issue is raised about a candidate’s vote, an action, or in this instance — voter registration — some would argue it’s fair game. It is for me. For as many times as I’ve been called a RINO (yeah, it hurts), I can proudly say: I’ve been a registered Republican since October 21, 2003 – the day I turned 18.
One might think you would read about the ongoing criminal investigation of the Sweetwater Union High School District, but this is about politics in the normally quiet coastal community of Carlsbad.
Recently, Rostra ran a series of posts questioning the personal finances of Carlsbad City Councilwoman Farrah Douglas, which became an issue in her campaign seeking election to the California State Assembly for the newly drawn 76th District. Those posts, considered controversial by some, resulted in responses from the Douglas campaign including one from a bankruptcy attorney which represented her when her private residence entered the foreclosure process.
In addition to reporting on Douglas’s personal finances, the information posted to Rostra also included what appeared to be financial irregularities and possible conflicts of interest regarding the candidate’s campaign finances and service on the Carlsbad City Council. The Fair Political Practices Commission eventually acknowledged receiving a compliant and subsequently determined that they would not be investigating the claims of alleged financial wrongdoing.
Bi-polor disorder on the part of committee members? Did members overlook the background of an Assembly candidate?
(If you enjoy reading, this will be a nice lengthy post filled with information that will — quite literally — blow your mind.)
The DeMaio Endorsement
With the political campaign season in high gear and the Republican Party of San Diego County endorsing candidates for public office, many political observers were shocked when San Diego City Councilman Carl DeMaio recently received a nod of support during the first round of voting by the party’s faithful. DeMaio was endorsed by over two-thirds of the Central Committee to become the next mayor of the City of San Diego. DeMaio received the endorsement over fellow Republicans District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis and Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher.
Kevin Faulconer set the tone last night, telling a crowd of civic leaders, “This is not about Republicans and Democrats. This is about what is good for San Diego neighborhoods.” Faulconer gestured to a chart showing that, if left unchanged, local residents will one day pay $500 million-a-year for a “defined benefit” pension system. “If we act now, we can save $1 to $2 Billion in the next 25 years, and that will go instead to libraries, parks & recreation, repairing roads and public safety.” Carl DeMaio pinpointed a 65% rise in local water rates since 2007, and said “Pension Costs are fully charged into those stunning increases.” Noting harassment of reform petitioners at local shopping centers, Mayor Jerry Sanders got laughs saying, “I’m actually ‘proud’ of the people doing that because it means they’ve finally gotten off their #$%*&+#* and done something.“ (A helicopter passed overhead at this moment, and I could not make out just what the word #$%*&+#* was.) The Lincoln Club’s T.J. Zane emphasized polling shows 70% public support to end abuses like “pension spiking”.