Category: Al Muratsuchi

AD-66: Craig Huey is a Top California Republican Assembly Fundraiser


According to the press release:

Continuing to build off the momentum established following a June 5 election victory that exceeded expectations, Craig Huey has reported fundraising numbers that place him as the top Assembly Republican fundraiser in the state. In addition, Huey finished as one of the top fundraisers overall among all candidates.

Huey—who finished just 1.6% points behind his sole Democratic opponent in the primary despite another Republican in the race—raised $226,268.58 between May 20 and June 30, an amount nearly double the amount raised by his opponent during that same period.

“I am beyond appreciative of all those individuals who have shown support for my campaign. I am also proud of the large number of individual donors who have supported my candidacy with modest contributions. So far, my campaign has drawn its support from individual voters who are ready for change—not special interests who want to maintain the status quo in Sacramento.”

With slightly fewer than 100 days left until the November general election, Huey also reported that he has nearly $200,000 cash on hand. Since the June primary, Huey has also accumulated a wave of endorsements from many local elected officials who are supporting his campaign.

But, this campaign continues to be a race.

The 66th Assembly district is very competitive demographically and Huey’s opponent, Democrat Al Muratsuchi has also raised substantial sums himself.

Here is the breakdown for both of them:

Reported Fundraising
(May 20-June 30, 2012 filing period)
Committee Contributions Expenditures Cash on Hand Filing Close
Huey For Assembly 2012, Craig [SOS] $108,236 $147,915 $194,667 2012-06-30
Muratsuchi For Assembly 2012 [SOS] $157,266 $66,225 $311,119 2012-06-30
Source: California Secretary of State

But, there is one thing that Muratsuchi does not have – the willingness of Craig Huey to use his personal wealth to write a “big” check, if his campaign needs it. Huey self-funded his unsuccessful campaign for Congress to the tune of almost $1 million.

This fundraising report shows that campaign cash will not be a problem for Huey’s campaign.

Let the ad wars begin!


AD-66: Candidates in Swing District Court Centrist Voters


AD-66 Republican candidate Nathan Mintz on a precinct walk

The Los Angeles Times profiles California Assembly District 66 in the South Bay area of Los Angeles County.

Lots of candidates need a Rob Katherman this year.

He was a Democrat. Then he was a Republican. Now he’s unattached.

The South Bay area he lives in, bordered by sparkling ocean on the west and gritty manufacturing sites on the east, is much the same. Voters here have toggled for decades across the political divide.

Such swing districts and Californians like Katherman — who sits smack in the political center — are exactly what reformers had in mind when they pushed in recent years to change state elections. New voter pools and a different primary system would give more weight to middle-roaders, they said, easing gridlock in Washington and Sacramento.

This year, in the first full test of those changes, a handful of new, politically balanced congressional and legislative districts could produce pitched battles between Republicans and Democrats. The 66th Assembly District, where Katherman lives, is one of them, drawn for the first time by an independent citizens commission rather than by lawmakers choosing voters who would reelect them.

The demographics of the district are here.

With the new top two system in the June primary election, it is very likely that Craig Huey who recently lost a Congressional race to Janice Hahn (spending almost a $ million in the losing process) will be facing the Democrat Al Maratsuchi.

Craig Huey will be viewed as the Tea Party conservative in the assembly district, while engineer Nathan Mintz will be seeking a more moderate constituency.

Craig Huey has to be considered the front-runner in June and in the November general election and will spend what it takes from his own personal resources.

Stay tuned….


AD-66: Former California Governor George Deukmejian Endorses Nathan Mintz


Portrait of former California Republican Governor George Deukmejian

A good pick-up for Torrance Republican Engineer Nathan Mintz.

Former Gov. George Deukmejian on Wednesday endorsed aerospace engineer Nathan Mintz for a newly drawn state Assembly seat.  The  Mintz campaign announced the former GOP governor’s backing one day after Republican businessman Craig Huey jumped into the race for the South Bay based- 66th District seat.

Mintz will face off with businessman Craig Huey and Democrat school board member Al Muratsuchi.


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.