I am watching and listening to the Judge Brett Kavanaugh “gang rape” hearing today. It seems to be a simple decision — you believe Kavanuagh’s denial or believe Professor Christine Blasey Ford’s Eleventh Hour uncorroborated accusation of attempted rape. Many of my conservative friends are annoyed with the way the Democrats have played politics with something that should have been addressed in August.
On May 21, 2018, The Coast News reported that Republican-endorsed Assembly candidate Phil Graham was being investigated for sexual assault. Eight days later, the same paper reported that the San Diego County Sheriff’s Office cleared Graham of all accusations. Two weeks ago, the same paper reported that the San Diego County District Attorney filed charges against Graham’s accuser for filing a false report.
Like Kavanaugh’s hearing, the Graham accusation was made at the Eleventh Hour, three weeks before Election Day. Labor unions used that refuted allegation up until Election Day, in order to discredit Graham, suppress voter turnout, and sway the election. It worked; two Democrats advanced to the November run off.
I expected the Democrats and labor unions to traffic in false information to win an election. Graham’s election, and this Kavanaugh hearing, cement my belief (shared by Senator Lindsey Graham) that Democrats will do and say anything to get power. What I wasn’t prepared for in the Graham election, was the extent to which Republican vanity candidates would stoop to advance their failed campaigns.
Republican candidates, none of whom could raise more than $100,000, spent the nine days of the investigation trying to whip votes to pull Graham’s endorsement by the Republican Party of San Diego County. They campaigned in front of North County Republican groups and sowed seeds of doubt against our endorsed candidate. More telling to me is the behavior of all of the Republican candidates after that election was lost. Graham has been at every meeting, fundraiser, and volunteer event while the rest of the field are back to their individual pursuits.
I hope the debacle of this Kavanaugh Hearing motivates Republican voters to show up in November and punish the bad behavior of the opposition party. More importantly, as an alternate member of the Republican Party of San Diego County Central Committee, I hope my colleagues have a long memory about the June election. If you participated in the character assassination of our endorsed candidate, you should think long and hard about how wrong you really were. If you supported Graham, you should never forget those Republicans who who parroted that refuted allegation. Don’t reward those Republicans for their bad behavior…
…Never. Support. Them. Again.