2008 California Ballot Picks, Part 2

Okay, picking up where we left off.

 

PAGE 2

 

UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVE, 30th DISTRICT

Democrat Henry Waxman, running unopposed.  With good reason.  Henry rocks and has been rocking his current office since Gerald Ford was President.  He’s a big Liberal who has been the Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee since 2006.  He has used this position to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable ever since.  He’s big on putting the Bushies behind bars and about the worst you can say about him is he jammed up the Wilshire expansion of the LA subway system back in the day.  Henry’s come around on that since LA has gradually devolved into a perpetual ooze of traffic, so I say “Two More Years!”  I will hope for many more.

 

STATE SENATOR, 23rd DISTRICT

Fran Pavley, Democratic.  I voted for Ms. Pavley in the June primary and see no reason to switch now.  Her opponents are:

 

Rick Montaine, Republican.

Rick is a Technology Security Analyst and self-described “true conservative” whatever that means.  The following was found on the internets:

 

“Rick Montaine is a member of Southern California Republican Women and Men. (SCRWM)

 

Member of this Meetup Group since September 30, 2007

 

Introduction:

Hi, I’m an active Republican and the Candidate for the 23rd Senatorial District. My profession is as an (sic) Technology Security Analyst. My wife and I have enjoyed the Southern California Republican Women and Men for the last 3 years.”

 

Now say the group acronym really fast.  “SCRWM!”  At least Rick has a sense of humor.  He’ll need it.

 

Colin Goldman, Libertarian. Colin is a screenwriter whose campaign website has one page.  It’s olive green.  He graduated Yale in 1990 and got an MBA from UC in ’95.  He lives with his family in Sherman Oaks.  Colin is not listed on IMDb.  His resume lists him as having been the Chief Operating Officer of the Stronghold Group 2001-2004.  A quick search reveals the Stronghold Group is in charge of merchandising Playboy action figures.  I would watch a reality show about Libertarians but could never vote for one.

 

PAVLEY IN 08!

 

MEMBER OF THE STATE ASSEMBLEY, 42nd DISTRICT

Steven Mark Sion, Republican.  He’s a single man living in West Hollywood who made his legal career fighting for employers against employees who file for workman’s comp.

 

Mike Feuer, Democratic. Mike looks like an older version of Borat but he’s the incumbent and he’s really good at what he does.  He’s Harvard-educated and has 100% ratings from people you’d want have that from.  Obviously I’m voting for him.  Go Mike!

 

PAGE 3, JUDICIAL, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT

For some reason we need to do some of these over again, I guess because the top two candidates for certain judgeships were too close to each other in votes back in June.

 

OK, fine.

 

A quick visit to the LA County Bar Association website reveals who’s rated Well-Qualified, Qualified, and Not Qualified.  I’ll contrast what my earlier searches from June came up with and go from there.

 

OFFICE No.72

Hilleri Grossman Merritt.  Rated Well-Qualified and endorsed by a ton of people.

Steven A. Simons.  Rated Qualified and endorsed by a few local pols.

 

I feel a bit bad here because Steve Simons seems like a decent guy, but the overwhelming professional consensus seems to favor Hilleri Grossman Merritt as the better candidate.  OK.

 

OFFICE No.82

Thomas Rubinson. Rated Well-Qualified and was my first pick last time.  Why switch?

Cynthia Loo.  Rated Qualified and not my first pick.  Again, why switch?

 

Loo lists many endorsements.  Rubinson lists fewer but they’re heavier hitters in terms of credibility.  Sticking with Rubinson.

 

OFFICE No.84

Lori-Ann Jones and Pat Connolly are both rated “Not Qualified” by the LA County Bar.  They both have websites and Connolly’s smells more Republican.  Plus my earlier investigation turned up reason to worry about his potential temperament as a judge. We have to pick one of them and Jones appears to be the lesser of two Evils.

 

I’m voting Jones.

 

OFFICE No.94

C. Edward Mack is rated Qualified but still comes off as a hack.

Michael O’Gara is rated Well-Qualified and has the endorsements to suggest it’s deserved.  Going with O’Gara.  Again.

 

OFFICE No.154

Michael V. Jesic and Rocky L. Crabb are both rated Well-Qualified by the LA County Bar and both have a very respectable list of endorsements.

 

But Jesic put his endorsement from Arnold Schwarzenegger, our Governator, the Gropen-Fuhrer on the front page of his website.  I think Arnold’s a huge putz and that tips me once more comfortably in the direction of Rocky Crabb.

 

And be honest, wouldn’t it be great to have a guy named Judge Rocky Crabb on the bench?

 

Or just “Judge Crabb”…  It sings….

 

I’m done tonight.

 

Tomorrow:  The State Measures.  Damn  you, lazy legislators for making us do your work!

 

In case I die before then, Vote NO on 8 and 4.

 

G’night.

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