Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Daigle Dodges Debate, Again

On Friday, May 25, 2012 several civic-minded groups including the League of Women Voters are hosting what was supposed to be a forum for the three candidates for the new 74th Assembly District.  It was anticipated that all three, Leslie Daigle, Allan Mansoor and Bob Rush, would be on hand for an evening of lively debate beginning at 7:00 p.m. and running until 9:30 p.m. at the Laguna Beach City Hall, 515 Forest Avenue.

Unfortunately, Daigle informed the hosts that she WILL NOT be in attendance at the event Friday night.  She apparently provided no reason for her absence, leaving some of us to speculate.  After all, it's that time of the year, isn't it?

Some will recall that Daigle didn't perform well at the Feet To The Fire Forum a couple months ago.  You can refresh your memories by reading what I wrote at the time HERE and HERE.  That second one includes the exchange I had with her following the forum in which she seemed to blame everyone but herself for her poor showing.

I'm not going to try to figure out her strategy.  She's paying big bucks for that advice, or someone is.  Martin Wisckol, in the Orange County Register recently, HERE and HERE, tells us that Charles Munger, Jr. - a physicist and chairman of the Santa Clara County Republican Party - through his independent expenditure group, Spirit of Democracy California, has provided nearly $500,000 for Daigle's campaign.  I've seen many of her campaign pieces hitting my mailbox over the past week or so and also saw at least one television ad.

Maybe Daigle thinks that's all she needs to do - spend other people's money and duck the physical contact part of campaigning.  This isn't the first such forum she's avoided.  If she's so put off by confrontation, how in the world is she going to be an effective member of the California Assembly as a member of the minority Republican Party?  We all know what a miserable job Mansoor has done in Sacramento - how do we expect Daigle to do a better job when she won't even debate her fellow candidates?

So, I'll drag my old body down to Laguna Beach Friday night to hear what the other two candidates have to say and report back to you sometime over the weekend.  In the meantime, it's getting easier all the time for me to decide where I'm going to place my "X" on the ballot for the 74th Assembly District seat.  The top two vote-getters in the primary on June 5th will compete for the seat in November.  If Daigle doesn't change her tactics I doubt she'll be on the ballot then.  We'll see...

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Anonymous CM Historian said...

Geoff, based on your record of supporting losers over the last decade - I suspect Mr. Bob Rush may not be too enthusiatic about any endorsement from you!

5/23/2012 02:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Costa Mesan said...

Bob Rush for Assembly! Dump the other two clowns!

5/23/2012 09:26:00 AM  
Anonymous True Historian said...

CM Historian said-
Geoff, based on your record of supporting losers over the last decade

He supported Riggy, Mensy, Monahan, and Bever??

5/23/2012 02:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Diogenes said...

Anybody notice Daigle's eyes? Coldest I've ever seen -- her smile never touches them. Cover up the lower face on any of the election pictures and what is left above is a most snarling, vicious face.

Scares me.

Goes well with her politics, though.

5/23/2012 04:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Themosticles said...

Daigle's eyes remind me of Michelle Bachman, not only icy but with a touch of terror and madness.

5/23/2012 06:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Moderate said...

I'm disappointed too. I had high hopes for Leslie. The fact that her whole campaign centers around putting her name on the ballot and then letting Munger ($$ from out of the district) do the work is disgraceful. The fact that she won't show up is even worse.

I can't believe I'm saying this but I think I might vote for Mansoor. At least the guy shows up and takes the heat.

5/23/2012 07:04:00 PM  
Anonymous CM Historian said...

True Historian

You must be new to this blog. Geoff has a long history of almost always picking the wrong horse in our city's political contests.

And ... No, Riggy, Mensy, Monahan, and Bever all won their elections (or were seated by a vote of our elected leaders).

He was even initially critical of Wendy Leese who he labeled as the barnacle. That was until she switched over to supporting the unions in our city.

Perhaps, you should pay closer attention.

5/23/2012 11:58:00 PM  
Anonymous True Historian said...

Righeimer could get 10 million votes and still be a loser. Don't worry- in all fairness, after he eats himself to death, we'll recommend a plaque for him too.

5/24/2012 11:23:00 AM  

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