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?
FEET TO THE FIRE FAILURE
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.
MUNGER FOOTING THE BILL
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?
I'LL ATTEND AND REPORT
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...