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Thursday, June 01, 2006

Open Thread for Thursday

Thomas Miller McClintock (born July 10, 1956) is a Republican California State Senator. He ran for Governor of California in the 2003 California recall election of Gray Davis and came in third out of 135 candidates.

McClintock graduated from UCLA in 1978. He was the Ventura County, California Republican Party chairman from 1979 to 1981. He was chief of staff to Sen. Ed Davis from 1980 to 1982. From 1992 to 1994 he served as director of the Center for the California Taxpayer. He was director of the Claremont Institute's Golden State Center for Policy Studies from 1994 to 1996.

McClintock was elected to the California State Assembly in 1982 at the age of 26. He was reelected in 1984, 1986, 1988, and 1990.

In 1992, McClintock lost his bid to incumbent Anthony Beilenson for a seat in the United States House of Representatives representing California's 24th District.

In 1994, McClintock ran for California State Controller and lost by 187,734 votes to the better-financed Kathleen Connell. McClintock won the support of 3,792,997 (46.0%) Californians while Connell had the votes of 3,980,731 (48.3%) people. Three other candidates split the other 463,152 (5.7%) votes. Connell outspent McClintock by a 3-to-1 margin.

Voters in the 38th State Assembly District returned McClintock to the Assembly in 1996 by a 15.8% electoral margin. McClintock was supported by 71,597 (55.6%) voters. Democrat Jon Lauritzen obtained 51,274 (39.8%) votes. Natural Law Party candidate Virginia Neuman garnered the remaining 6,021 (4.6%) people. In 1998, McClintock ran unopposed for reelection to the Assembly.

McClintock won a four-year term in the California's Senate by a 15.2% margin in 2000. McClintock won the support of 165,422 (57.6%) people in the 19th State Senate District while Daniel Gonzalez won only 121,893 (42.4%) votes. Despite Republican McClintock's landslide victory in the State Senate race, the district supported Democrat Al Gore for President in the same election.

McClintock ran for State Controller again in 2002 and finished 22,730 votes behind eBay executive Steve Westly out of 7,258,758 votes cast. He logged 3,273,028 (45.1%) votes to Westly's 3,289,839 (45.4%). Three other candidates won 695,891 (9.5%) votes. Westly outspent McClintock by a 5-to-1 margin. McClintock's campaigns for State Controller have focused on the character Angus McClintock, a fictional cousin and fellow Scottish American extolling Tom McClintock's virtues of thriftiness and accountability with low budget fifteen second ads.

In the 2003 Gubernatorial recall election, McClintock won the support of 1,160,182 (13.5%) Californians. Fellow Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger won the election with support from 4,203,596 (48.6%) people while Democratic Lieutenant Governor Cruz Bustamante won 2,723,768 votes (31.5%). Together Republicans Schwarzenegger and McClintock were supported by 5,363,778 Californians (62.1%). 132 other candidates won the remaining 6.4% of the vote.

McClintock was re-elected to the California Senate in 2004, winning 61% of the vote. McClintock is running for the Republican nomination for Lieutenant Governor in 2006.

McClintock is married and has two children. While he continues to represent his Ventura County senate district, his children go to school in the Sacramento area. His primary campaign issues are cutting government spending, balancing the state budget, reducing taxes, making California more friendly for business, and improving road transportation by building more freeways.

(Source: Wikipedia)


Anonymous Anonymous said:

McClintock is one of the few good guys in state government--of either party. He says what he means, and means what he says, regardless of whether it gets him votes.

May 31, 2006 10:40 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I'm glad he skipped Fox's pathetic speech to the legislature. Way to go Tom.

May 31, 2006 10:46 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Doug McIntyre (KABC) is taking on the separatist, failing Academia Semillas del Pueblo charter school.
This should be good. (Think this was in huizar's district; let's hear the excuse he has for this one.)

Here's an excerpt from an interview from the "principal" posted on kabc.com:

"If Brown was just about letting Black people into a White school, well we don’t care about that anymore. We don’t necessarily want to go to White schools...And ultimately the White way, the American way, the neo liberal, capitalist way of life will eventually lead to our own destruction."

June 01, 2006 7:53 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Just listened to the whole show on this commie school. MacIntyre said Huizar refuses to come on the show or to answer any questions.

'WE DON'T WANT TO DRINK FROM A WHITE FOUNTAIN' just about sums up the racist motives of this sham.

This school is funded by taxpayers and we need to shut it down NOW> Tony Villar is behind the whole thing and he is trying to take over the entire LAUSD.

Between this charter school, Prop 82, and Villar's outrageous attempts to take over our schools....we have rise up and revolt. NOW! We have to cut the head off the snake (AV) and fire the rest of the Mexican Mafia.

We need to storm City Hall because that's the only way to get press coverage.

June 01, 2006 8:15 AM  

Blogger Mayor Sam said:

Couple of other things on the charter school and KABC, the principal told their reporter, Sandy Wells, he didn't want to be interviewed by English language media.

When Wells went to the school - which is not a private school but an LAUSD campus - presenting proper press credentials, he was asked to leave. He was then standing out on the street (public street) when a car drove up on the sidewalk, a burly man jumped out, chased Wells down the street, tackled him and then destroyed his tape recorder and audio tape.

As McIntyre put it, thuggery is alive and well at the LAUSD.

Sounds like charges will be filed.

June 01, 2006 8:57 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Where is this El Serino place? Sounds as if separatist school has problems ahead. Why don't community leaders do something about the bullshit? Who are the community leaders

June 01, 2006 9:03 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

While I disagree with McClintock -- a lot -- the guy is standup. Which is probably why he won't win higher office.

Seriously, he's a rare bread of an honest politician, an actually conservative Republican, and decent human being.

Let's celebrate that.

June 01, 2006 9:28 AM  

Blogger The Mechanical Eye said:

While I disagree with McClintock -- a lot -- the guy is standup. Which is probably why he won't win higher office.

Seriously, he's a rare bread of an honest politician, an actually conservative Republican, and decent human being.

Let's celebrate that.


Amen, and all too true. A decent man in vuglar times, an honest man around demagogic ones. Not a panderer, race-baiter, or spineless, toothless "centrist."

The poor man hasn't a chance.


June 01, 2006 8:10 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

McClintock is a very dishonest man who has put it over big on unsuspecting conseravtive believers. He is dedicated to only one thing and that is staying in Office--- any Office so he can continue his health care benefits and pension benefits and a salary to support his family. He has been in goverment all of his adult life and he has no clue about the real world--only theory.He is one of those people ,who if he was in academia, you might enjoy a theory class but you would never let him run your business. He has not ever achieved anything. All he can do is stand on the sidelines and throw rocks. He can't move ideas and he can't inspire or lead people. We need creative leaders not career bureaucrats. Also he has anti- jewish key staff working for him. Finally if you check the record you will see his disingenuous character. He has filed many lawsuits to get public attention and media represented by a lightwieght attorney (ackerman) and he bellows about this or that---power contracts etc. These suits never pan out ,they are just for Media and he does not have the honesty to report on these failures and clogging the legal system with more frivolous lawsuits.

August 21, 2006 6:02 PM  

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