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AD-66: Get Out the Vote for Craig Huey


Craig Huey GOTVSmall businessman Craig Huey

It is time to get out the vote for my high school friend, Craig Huey in a South Bay based California Assembly District,

Here is the video:


Craig, is a good guy, and a strong conservative.

Why he wants to run for office at this time of his life is anyone’s guess – I suppose he is committed to make a difference in the California political landscape – which is not a bad thing!

Be sure to vote Craig Huey for Assembly tomorrow.


AD-66: Craig Huey Releases First Political Commercial


Craig Huey for Assembly Commercial

I haven’t seen a press release from the Craig Huey California Assembly campaign yet, so I don’t know whether this is a web video or one which will be used for television.

Perhaps it will be used for both.

I suspect this spot would be reduced to 30 seconds, though if it is to go up on regular/cable television networks.

Here is the commercial:



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: Craig Huey Moves On to November General Election


From the California Secretary of State

My El Segundo High School friend, Craig Huey, has won a top two spot in the California Assembly District 66 November General election.

From the press release:

Longtime South Bay resident, small business owner and Republican Candidate Craig Huey made a strong showing in the newly formed California 66th Assembly District race.

Political pundits and pollsters were pretty confident that the race, featuring one Democrat and two Republicans, would easily go to the Dems – especially in a district with an edge in registered Democratic voters. Huey’s strong finish now positions him in the Assembly District as the front runner in the November general election.

“During the campaign, I have personally met with over 7200 voters and I have told them that I will go to Sacramento and make our government functional again. California needs to focus on job growth, stop wasteful spending and put an end to regulations that are killing jobs,” said Huey from his headquarters in Torrance. “Our deficit is spinning wildly out of control and record numbers of jobs are leaving at a rate that we have never seen in the history of our state. My experience as a job creator, entrepreneur and small business owner for 35 years can help to restore the California Dream.”

Huey’s main focus in this campaign is to bring fiscal responsibility back to Sacramento – to balance the budget, help families keep more of their hard-earned money and encourage entrepreneurs to start companies and create jobs in California.

Results for Tuesday primary are:

  • Craig Huey, (R)     20,939 votes     38.5%
  • Albert Muratsuchi (D)     22,225 votes     40.9%
  • Nathan Mintz (R) 11,170 votes     20.6%

“Craig’s strength in this race is his experience as a job creator, small business owner and his ability to bring people together,” said Vice Mayor of Rancho Palos Verdes Brian Campbell. “With over 2 million jobs leaving this state and no real solutions in sight, we need people like Craig Huey in Sacramento that don’t pander to special interests.”

This is a very competitive Assembly district and the general campaign will be expensive and brutal for both parties and candidates.

Huey who had previously run an unsuccessful campaign against Rep. Janice Hahn (in about the same district) will have to be viewed as the favorite. But, this election will be all about the turnout.

Stay tuned…..

From Craig Huey website


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….