November 15, 2011 archive

AD-66: Huey, Mintz and Muratsuchi Will Face Off In 2012 South Bay Assembly Race

Craig Huey, with 30+ years of business experience creating jobs, announces he is running for the new 66th Assembly Seat.

Two Tea Party Republicans and a Democratic School Board member will face off in 2012 for a newly created South Bay California Assembly Seat.

Three candidates have already announced their intentions to run next year in a newly created state Assembly district that takes in much of the South Bay.

Businessman Craig Huey on Tuesday formally told supporters that he plans to run against fellow Republican Nathan Mintz, who already has expressed his interest in running for the new 66th Assembly District, which was created last summer by an independent redistricting panel.

The district takes in Manhattan Beach, Gardena, Torrance, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, Lomita, the Palos Verdes Peninsula and the unincorporated area known as west Carson.

Torrance Unified school board member Al Muratsuchi told supporters last weekend that he’s entering the race as a Democrat.

“The problems in Sacramento are probably worse than the problems in Washington, D.C.,” said Huey, who lost to Janice Hahn in the July runoff to replace Democrat Jane Harman in the 36th Congressional District, which stretches from Venice to San Pedro.

“Decisions are not being made in Sacramento to turn the state around,” Huey said. “I’m not running to get a job or to kowtow to the special interests. I’m going to be the career politician’s worst enemy.”

Muratsuchi, a deputy attorney general who was elected six years ago to the Torrance school board, held a reception Saturday to discuss his run for Assembly. He opted out of running for the 53rd Assembly District seat just months after announcing his candidacy.

Mintz announced his intention for the new Assembly seat shortly after the California Citizens Redistricting Commission approved a new set of boundaries for the state’s 53 congressional, 40 state Senate, 80 Assembly and four Board of Equalization districts.

“I’ve been frustrated with the gridlock in Sacramento, so I want to go up there and work for the greater good,” said Mintz, an aerospace engineer and founder of the South Bay Tea Party movement who unsuccessfully ran last year for the 53rd Assembly District.

“Craig Huey is coming to the party a little late,” Mintz said, taking aim at his Republican rival. “I know he feels he can write himself a big check and buy this race, but the voters of the district may have a different opinion in 2012.”

Al Muratsuchi and Nathan Mintz

This race will be one to watch. You have two Republicans with very high name recognition in the district (Mintz having run and lost previously in November 2010 in the 53rd Assembly race) and an unknown Democrat.

The district is fairly even in registration and remember it is the top two candidates in June 2012 who move on to the November general election.

I agree with Alan Hoffenblum, this will be a fun race to watch.

I give the edge to Craig Huey since he will be able to write the big check. And, Huey will hope that Mintz can be persuaded to withdraw – but, I don’t think this will happen.


AD-66: Craig Huey Will Run for California State Assembly


As I predicted last week: Craig Huey will run for California Assembly in District 66.

Craig Huey, the Torrance businessman who shocked many political analysts with a strong but ultimately unsuccessful run against Janice Hahn for the 36th District congressional seat earlier this year, will run for the newly created 66th Assembly District, which covers most of the South Bay, including the Palos Verdes Peninsula and the Beach Cities.

Huey, a Republican who lives in Rancho Palos Verdes, announced his intentions at a news conference outside an abandoned warehouse in Torrance on Tuesday. He was surrounded by about two dozen supporters, including his wife Shelly, at the time.

“What’s going on in Sacramento is killing business right now … and we’re on a path that is only going to get worse,” Huey said in a speech, later adding that “we have a crisis and we’ve got to stop this insanity.”

Huey aims to bring the power in Sacramento back to the local level, he said. He also wants to stop what he called job-killing legislation and out-of-control government pensions.

“I will be on the warpath,” he promised supporters.

He said he plans to run a clean campaign for positive change. After Huey finished talking, his wife, Shelly, addressed the audience.

The Congressional campaign “wasn’t just grassroots,” she said. “This isn’t a shallow [effort] … this is an uprising.”

“We live in a land that’s a promised land here, and it’s been hijacked,” she later added, noting that her husband has the ability to rally the troops.

“It’s going to be a fresh wind for Sacramento,” Craig Huey said.

There is already an announced Republican in the race, Natahn Mintz but Huey is hoping that he will drop out of the race.

Again, here are the details of the 66th Assembly district.

Craig and I are old high school chums from El Segundo High School.

Craig’s website is here.

Good luck, Craig


Grow Elect and Rebuilding the California Republican Pary By Electing Local Latinos


A good start in Los Angeles County.

few weeks back we told you that some top Republican consultants — outside the CA Republican Party — were reaching out to Latinos. And that they had a plan for a low-key test run to actually get Latino Republicans elected in 2012. Pete Wilson’s legacy be damned.

Well, they jumped their own starting line. Turns out that in the final six weeks of the campaign the Grow Elect crew helped to get six Latino Republicans elected to low-level local offices in Los Angeles County. Four of them were new candidates, two were re-elected. They supported 15 candidates — giving them anywhere from a few hundred bucks to a couple thousand, plus some grassroots organizing/political consulting help.

And, Grow Elect will continue its work in very Democratic Los Angeles County in 2012 by running 30-40 local candidates.

About time and this type of outreach should have happened decades ago.

Here are Grow elect’s recent winners:

  • Salvador Contreras, Maywood City Treasurer
  • Carol Herrera, Diamond Bar City Council
  • Edwin Hernandez, Lynwood City Treasurer
  • Gloria Ramos, Centinela Valley School Board
  • Ron Esquivel, Rosemead School District
  • Cathi Eredia, El Monte School District

President 2012 GOP California Poll Watch: Gingrich 33% Vs. Romney 23% Vs. Cain 22% Vs. Perry 6% Vs. Paul 5%


According to the latest PPP Poll.

PPP’s national poll released yesterday found Newt Gingrich leading the Republican field and our numbers in California over the weekend back that up: Gingrich is on top there with 33% to 23% for Mitt Romney, 22% for Herman Cain, 6% for Rick Perry, 5% for Ron Paul, 3% for Michele Bachmann, 2% for Gary Johnson, and 1% each for Jon Huntsman and Rick Santorum.

This is only our second time polling California all year and the first was in late January, more than 9 months ago and before we were even including Cain in our polling.  But comparing the 2 polls still says something about the state of the race. In January Romney was at 22% and here in November…he’s still at 22%.  Meanwhile Gingrich has nearly doubled his support from 18% early in the year to his current 33% standing.  Gingrich is surging while Romney just sort of stays in place.

Of course, the race will be over prior to the California primary election which will be held in June of next year. And, President Obama dominates in the state.

But, should the GOP race linger, Gingrich would have the edge.

One thing the California numbers really point to is that if Cain’s support continues declining Gingrich has the potential to benefit in a major way. Among Cain voters 42% say Gingrich would be their second choice compared to 14% for Bachmann, 12% for Romney, and only 8% for Perry. Cain voters are fond of Gingrich, giving him a 60/30 favorability rating. Meanwhile they’re not too keen on either Romney (30/56) or Perry (32/54). Neither of those guys is very well positioned to benefit if the bottom falls out on Cain.

For all that there’s reason to think Gingrich’s stay at the top could be short lived. Only 38% of his supporters say that they’re firmly committed to him compared to 53% for Cain and 52% for Romney, his fellow front runners. If the knives come out for Newt now that he’s looking like a serious contender he doesn’t exactly have a strong base of support to fall back on- what he has right now is inch deep support that could disappear quickly if things stop going well.

The entire poll is here.