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Endorsement Time! State Office Edition

Over the next few days, we’ll be offering our thoughts on the issues facing Oakland’s voters on November 7th. Today we’re doing state-wide offices.

Governor: We endorse Phil Angelides because of his dedication to smart growth. As state treasurer, he commendably redirected investments toward urban in-fill development. We like Schwarzennegger’s (recent) moderate, consensus-based approach to government, and are underwhelmed by Angelides’s campaign. He’s a putz, but he’d be better for Oakland.

Lt. Governor: We whole-heartedly endorse John Garamendi partly because of his good record as Insurance Commissioner. Tom McClintock, while respectable and dedicated, is far too conservative for California. We agree with the LA Times editorial that this office should be abolished.

State Treasurer: Bill Lockyer, from Hayward, is a long-time advocate of gun control and urban public safety. We are very disappointed by his recent publicity stunt of suing automakers for perfectly legal, highly-regulated car production.

Attorney General: We ♥ Jerry Brown! He has been a wonderful mayor of Oakland; we have really turned the corner under his administration, and his influence will be felt for decades to come. As Attorney General, he will attack the problems cities like Oakland face: unrehabilitated parolees dumped in our ghettos, a lack of institutional support and public focus on juvenile offenders, and a severe shortage of police services.

Secretary of State: Debra Bowen is too partisan and too extreme for this important, independent position. Bruce McPherson, a former State Senator from Santa Cruz, has behaved more moderately and more independently in his campaign, while Debra Bowen rode a bus with the other statewide Democrats, speaking to public-employee unions about the evils of voting machines. Computerized voting is not only appropriate in the twenty-first century, but provides an important service to disabled and non-English-speaking voters. There are clearly problems with the existing machines, but the emphasis should be on fixing those problems, not a return to paper ballots.

State Controller: John Chiang, why not?

Insurance Commissioner: Steve Poizner is backed by consumer groups, while Bustamante, who completely stunk up the recall election, accepted major contributions from the insurance industry. Additionally, we like South Bay resident Poizner and want to encourage culturally-liberal Republicans to be prominent within their party.

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  1. Anonymous says

    Deb Bowen is “extreme”? That’s a strange characterization that reads to me like a recitation of Cal Republican party talking points.

    Generally, whenever a Democrat is even slightly partisan, they are shellacked for that, whereas run of the mill partisan actions by Republicans are not labeled as such.

    News flash: it is not at all possible for anyone to not be “partisan” and hold elected office unless you are not an R or a D; nonpartisanship is a pose.

    Disappointed to see you fell for that; otherwise, I’d be interested in hearing your specific citations of actions Bowen has taken that you disapprove of.

  2. V Smoothe says

    Anonymous –

    To be honest, I had been planning on voting for Bowen until she came to Oakland and spoke at this rally with Angelides earlier in October. She said then that she finds all voting machines intolerable, and that nothing other than a paper ballot is acceptable.

    I so wholeheatedly disagree with that statement that I cannot in good conscience vote for her. I am concerned with the reliability and security of voting machines, but I want someone in the office who will address those issues and work to ensure safe and trustworthy computerized voting – NOT someone who is ideologically opposed to the concept. And yes, I consinder that opposition an extreme position.

    It was this appearance that made me decide to vote for McPherson.

  3. Oakland Native says

    It is possible to be somewhat nonpartisan when running in an election. For example, McPherson isn’t campaigning with other Republicans. Debra Bowen rode the campaign bus with Angelides et al and gave a very partisan stump speech in which she ruled out any use of computerized voting. Ideological opposition to voting machines ignores the needs of the disabled and speakers of minority languages.