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Friday, October 27, 2006

CJ's Endorsements - AD 37 - Audra Strickland

Figured I'd start with my own district. Here is the rundown of my criteria:

Does this candidate reflect the views and concerns of the district in which they seek to be elected, or rather their own?

Audra Strickland has been representing her district in the State Assembly since 2004, where her current opponent mounted an impressive write-in campaign against her.

Audra comes across as knowledgeable, and in touch with the voters of her district. Her opponent, Ferial Masry spent virtually all of the Primary and much of the General Election talking about the war in Iraq and her relationship with Condoleeza Rice. It makes one wonder why she isn't running for Congress.

With Audra now a known entity, Ferial has been unable to tap into the same voter base that created all the hoopla around her write-in candidacy of 2 years ago.

Has the candidate run a clean campaign consistently through the primary and general election?

While there have been jabs on both sides, both parties have, for the most part, kept it clean. Audra has pretty much ignored Ferial only occasionally acknowledging her existence.

Has the candidate provided a clear vision for the district?

Audra Strickland has been discussing issues that concern the residents of the 37th AD. Taxes, Education, Traffic and Health Care.

By contrast, Ferial has been discussing national issues such as immigration, and the war in Iraq. On this point, it would seem that only one candidate is even aware what seat she is running for.

Does the candidate demonstrate that they have the ability to lead, and fight for, the district which would elect them?

Audra Strickland has been representing, and fighting for her district. She is a fiscal conservative in a conservative district and has demonstrated the ability to assemble a team to push through an agenda despite the opposition party dominating the legislature.

If her current team is any indication, Ferial Masry is incapable of assembling a team to lead. Her campaign is run by a friend, who frankly has no business running campaigns and ties the hands of those professionals on the campaign that do. Someone needs to tell Ferail to begin listening to the advice she is paying for. The false starts, stops, near non-existence in the media is indicative of a campaign that never really got off of the ground. Ferial's performance at a recent debate was so awful that I will say no more about it.

Add to all of this the massive "red district strategy" of the Democratic Party heralded by Eric Bauman all year that has flatly failed to materialize into anything more than empty talk and you can put the fork in this campaign, it's done.

As with many races this year, there is only one real choice... Audra Strickland.


Anonymous Anonymous said:

This is an easy one CJ. Masry wants to be the "first Saudi woman" elected - why would we give a crap?

As for the party... give me a break. No balls, no focus, no money, no win.

October 27, 2006 11:43 AM  

Blogger Jim Alger said:

Ferial Masry is doing her best in a difficult district.

I can't speak to the merits of the arguments regarding the RDI because I saw no evidence of it during the primary, as I expect I wouldn't have. I can certainly say that there were delays in getting our calls to the LA County side of the district supposedly because we were waiting for updated information. But we are calling about 16,000 people a day now.

Will Ferial win? Depends on who shows up but she is definitely representing the Democratic Party in her district, and that helps all Democrats.

October 27, 2006 3:14 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I hear Gil Lindsay is endorsing Masry.

October 27, 2006 4:46 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Throw the incumbent out - throw all the incumbents out. That is the only way we will get rid of the dictatorship that has finally come out of the closet as of the signing of the Military Commissions Act.

Republicans have been in march step behind the Neo-Con fascists and they will stay in step if we don't throw them all out.

October 29, 2006 1:20 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

CJ could not have hit the nail more on the head!

The campaign manager, Ferials "friend" is doing a major disservice to her "client" trying to lead the campaign fight against Audra. Her inexperience as a leader on the campaign trail makes it obvious that the Masry campaign is a boat without a rudder, sailing without a clear direction.

Bauman's "Red Zone" targeting is one of the most ineffective political programs I have seen come out of the Democratic party in years! Candidate were told to depend on Bauman for direction and assistance in getting what these inexperienced candidates need. But once they put their trust in his program they ended up waiting on a multitude of things: 1. Data - what succesful political campaign can run without the appropriate data? Candidates were told time and time again they would be receiving their data, well its 10 days out and from what I have heard...they are still waiting. ?!?!?!?! You have got to be kidding me!!! If they have not gotten the campaigns their data by now they are in no way serious about helping any of the campaigns they propose to help.

2. Mail pieces - Candidates were just informed less then 13 days out to pick up their pieces. Come on...it is obvious that Bauman and crew are in no way serious about helping the democrats in the LA area! If they were all the candidates would have been well equipped over a month ago.

Time will soon show us the true side of Eric Bauman.

October 29, 2006 11:43 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Kind of odd that you support a talking head like Audra. Beholden to alcohol, tobacco, and indian gaming groups. What kinds of values are those?

October 30, 2006 9:45 AM  

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