LOS ANGELES, June 1, 2016 — With most political junkies focusing on the presidential race, down ballot races are frequently ignored. Whether businessman Donald Trump, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton or Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders wins the White House, the House and Senate will determine whether a presidential agenda gets passed.
California receives plenty of attention as the national ATM machine. By every other political metric, California is failing. Senator Barbara Boxer is retiring after 36 years of doing virtually nothing. Liberals love her, conservatives loathe her, and most California voters cannot name a single thing she actually did. She gave angry hysterical speeches, and then labeled anyone a sexist for pointing out her angry hysterical speeches.
She humiliated a decorated military expert for politely calling her “ma’am” instead of senator. She unsuccessfully played the race card against Black Chamber of Commerce Chair Harry Alford. He put her in her place by reminding her that business is race-neutral and blacks can think for themselves without needing white liberal help.
Boxer always put liberal partisanship above the common good. She eked out narrow election victories while her equally liberal counterpart Dianne Feinstein coasted to reelection. Boxer played the gender card, the race card, and every other card but the integrity card. She may be the only former stockbroker to get away with bouncing checks in the House Banking Scandal. She has a legitimate claim on being the worst senator in the history of the United States senate.
With 24 candidates vying to replace her, California’s open primary was supposed to lead to more moderate candidates. Instead, it has the California Republican Party on the brink of permanent irrelevance.
With less than one week before the crucial June 7 primary, the top two contenders are both Democrats. State Attorney General Kamala Harris makes former United States Attorney General Eric Holder appear moderate and fair-minded. Harris is every bit as politically vindictive as President Barack Obama and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. She has used her power to reward friends and punish enemies. Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez is a doctrinaire liberal whose main redeeming quality is not being seen as the wild-eyed leftist Harris is.
There is one quality candidate running for the senate. Former California Republican Party Chair Tom Del Beccaro would make a fine senator. Supporting Del Beccaro in the primary is important for two reasons.
From a policy standpoint, Del Beccaro is right. Del Beccaro has long advocated lower taxes. His supply-side background makes him a legitimate heir to the legacy of the late New York Congressman Jack Kemp and the late Delaware Senator William Roth. The brightest living minds on economic matters all endorse Del Beccaro. His policy supporters are the who’s who of intellectual heavyweights.
Steve Moore founded the Club for Growth, wrote for the Wall Street Journal, and is now a Fellow at the Heritage Foundation. Grover Norquist heads up Americans for Tax Reform. Arthur Laffer is the godfather of supply-side economics. Larry Kudlow worked at the Office of Management and Budget under President Ronald Reagan. These people are the platinum standard on financial policies, and they all endorse Del Beccaro.
While other Republicans are in the race, Del Beccaro is the only one who can unite the moderate and conservative wings of the GOP. He has the policy chops to do the job. On merit alone, he is superbly qualified.
The other reason to support Del Beccaro is the common good. A vigorous general election debate between one liberal Democrat and one conservative Republican is essential for a healthy, vibrant Constitutional Republic. In May of 2013, Los Angeles voters were never allowed to have that debate. Both Eric Garcetti and his defeated opponent in the mayoral race were Democrats. There was no discussion. The major politically conservative party in America had zero voice in the election. A general election between Harris and Sanchez would repeat that tragedy.
Liberal Democrats may gleefully relish this occurrence, but it harms them as well. Without legitimate Republican opposition, Democrats would inevitably become victims of groupthink. This has been proven the last few years as California has deteriorated under one-party Democrat rule.
Liberal Democrats will trot out the canard that the people agree with them, but the truth is that Harris and Sanchez have large campaign war chests. Liberals often speak about the corrosive effect of big money and politics, except when it benefits them. In California, the liberals have the money. All conservative Del Beccaro has is his intellect, his sound ideas, and the best and brightest backing him. Harris and Sanchez have the money machine.
Either Harris or Sanchez would continue California’s destructive trajectory. Del Beccaro would vote to cut taxes, reduce crippling regulations, and try to return California from the Jerry Brown job killing state to a job creating state. With Del Beccaro, California has a chance at being open for business again. With Harris or Sanchez, the emphasis would be on climate change, high speed rail, and everything else that chokes the life out of American businesses. Under Boxer, the once Golden State is on the verge of being livable only for illegal immigrants and wealthy white liberals. The middle class is bleeding while California Democrats obsess over the three-inch Minnow fish.
On illegal immigration, Governor Jerry Brown is doing everything he can to allow illegals to vote. This is for the sole purpose of rigging the 2016 election at the senate and presidential levels. A Harris or Sanchez victory would help Brown and President Obama turn the rule of law on its head. While the left keeps playing the bigotry card, the real problem with unchecked illegal immigration is financial. More workers competing for fewer jobs drives down wages and only lowers the standard of living for all workers. It all comes down to jobs.
If the goal is to create thousands of great jobs in Florida and Texas, another failed Barbara Boxer retread would be perfect for California. Those wishing to actually fix California need somebody who will reverse everything Boxer stands for. Boxer’s legacy is higher taxes, more regulations, jobs fleeing California, and sluggish growth. Del Beccaro’s core beliefs involve lower taxes and fewer regulations to create jobs and spur economic growth.
The choice is easy. Tom Del Beccaro deserves to be the next United States Senator from California.