Primary Election Coverage Part Three : Louie, Louie and Triple A Baseball

by on May 17, 2010 · 10 comments

in Civil Rights, Culture, Election

vote boxEditor: This is Doug Porter’s third in a series on the California Primary Election scheduled for Tuesday, June 8th.  Part One was on the Governor for California race, and Part Two was on the third party candidates.

In this installment I’ll be talking about some of the players that are hoping to enhance their political careers by moving up through the array of elected offices that support the big players in California politics. Think of it as triple A baseball—it’s kinda fun if you’re there in person, and sleep inducing if you’re trying to watch on TV, unless you’ve got a relative in the game.

The Lt. Governor’s Race

And you thought being Governor of California was a crappy job? Obviously being Lt. Governor is not so bad, as no less than THIRTEEN candidates are vying for the job. It must be the benefit package, I think. Or maybe you get a corner office. Plus it can be a great stepping stone for the right kind of ambitious politician. Many have tried, most have failed.

Obviously other people have wondered over the years just what it is that the Lt. Gov. does besides wait around for the boss to croak or split on a junket, because the position has been loaded up with responsibilities, or at least lots of meetings to attend.

california_mapThe first louie is also:

  • President of the California State Senate
  • Chair of the Commission for Economic Development

And a member of:

  • The UC Board of Regents
  • CSU Board of Trustees
  • The State Lands Commission
  • Ocean Protection Council
  • The California Emergency Council

Lieutenant Governor Democratic Candidates

vote suffragettesJanice Hahn: LA City Council member Hahn has fine political pedigree: She is the daughter of Los Angeles County Supervisor Kenneth Hahn and the sister of former L.A. Mayor James Hahn, and the niece of former L.A. Councilman Gordon Hahn. Hahn’s got plenty of support from labor and women’s organizations. She’s also been mentioned as potential candidate for Congresswoman Jane Harman’s seat should be appointed to some post or another in the Obama administration. And then there’s the speculation that she’s eying a run for the LA Board of Supervisors. Run, Janice, Run. See Janice Run.

Eric Korevaar: The San Diego connection in this race. Businessman and scientist. He wants to fire the entire Lt. Gov. staff of 30 and serve in the position solo, to prove his love of fiscal restraint.

Gavin Newsom: Restaurateur, Mayor of San Francisco, bon vivant and formerly a candidate for the Governor’s post. He dropped out of the big race despite getting Bill Clinton’s endorsement and dropped back in as a candidate for this post. His savvy use of the internet has amped up his network of supporters and helped boost his name recognition. He’s good looking, smart, ambitious, and he’s leading in all the polls.

Lieutenant Governor Republican Candidates

vote ballotSam Aanestad: The retiring State Senator has dubbed himself the “consistent conservative candidate” in this race. He’s endorsed by the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association and that old dude who’s seen in the Poizner ads saying that these is only one conservative in the race for Governor. He brags that he’s never voted for a tax increase. And he’s considered a serious competitor in this race.

Abel Maldonado: Appointed to the Lt. Governor’s position by the Gubenator last month, he has the power of incumbency behind him. However, Maldonado is one of the most liberal Republicans in the state legislature. And that could hurt him in a primary season that’s dominated by pandering to the right wing of the party.

Bert Davis: Well, we know he’s 32 and from Stockton. No known web address or campaign info on line. Maybe he’s running on a luddite platform. (Okay, since none of you rocket scientists know what a luddite was, here’s the Wikipedia Link: )

vote circlesYvonne R. Girard: A Judicial assistant from from Riverside. Facebook page:

Dave Harris: Businessman & ’06 State Controller Candidate. Another Luddite.

Scott L. Levitt: Seal Beach resident Scott L. Levitt, has never held public office before. His father, Seal Beach Councilman Michael Levitt, actually wanted him to run for the local District 1 council seat this year. But he figured, why not go big?

The rest of the tickets

Many other Statewide races are uncontested. There are competing candidates in both major parties for Attorney General and Insurance Commissioner. There is also competition for the “non-partisan” Superintendent of Public Instruction. If you’re truly motivated, I suggest that you read your Official Voter Information Guide which has statements from the candidates. I was unable to purchase coffee with enough caffeine to get me through writing a section on these candidates.

Next Up: The Statewide Ballot Propositions

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Molly May 17, 2010 at 2:39 pm

Nicely done. Will you be discussing the US Senate race here in Cali?


doug porter May 18, 2010 at 8:47 am

If it’s on the primary ballot, i’m planning on covering it, including races that might not be on your ballot in OB, like that love fest that’s going on in the South County between Mary Salas and Juan Vargas. So many races, so little time!


annagrace May 17, 2010 at 4:58 pm

Is it too late for me (or YOU ) to be come Lt. Gov???? And why?


fstued May 18, 2010 at 8:03 am

I’ll go with the luddite since he can’t work a computer he probably will be harmless. Although the y guy from Sel beach sounds interesting since he never held office before andmaybe never worked he could let the lobbiest do it for him.
Ah, if I was only a registered republican that would be fun.


Sunshine May 18, 2010 at 4:30 pm

Thanx for the Luddite reference. a possible free trip to Austrailia? enticing….


annagrace May 18, 2010 at 6:17 pm

The Venn Diagram is priceless….


Scott Levitt May 27, 2010 at 11:08 am

Mr. Porter, nice article and funny…Could you give me a little more coverage however (I am a former resident of PB and former USD Student!), oh and besides being the son of a local city councilman, I am a licensed Attorney, Real Estate Broker and General Contractor, and have degrees in law, economics, and business (BS, MBA, JD, LL.M.), and studied under the 2002 Nobel Prize Winner in Economics, and have 15yrs of private sector experience in Law, Accounting, Finance, and Land Use, all extremely vital areas for Lt. Gov. I am running because career politicians have destroyed this State and this Country. Thanks! (PB rocks OB!)


doug porter May 27, 2010 at 12:20 pm

you want additional coverage after saying PB rocks OB? i don’t think so.


Frank Gormlie May 27, 2010 at 12:34 pm

hahahahahahaha – but doesn’t he at least get some points for actually reading the OB Rag?


psd May 27, 2010 at 1:12 pm



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