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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Norby Defeats The Ackermans

The race for the 72nd AD is finally over. Supervisor Chris Norby has defeated Linda Ackerman and the Republican establishment by an almost 2 to 1 margin when it's all said and done.

There are so many things to talk about in this election. First I want to congratulate Supervisor Norby and his team for running a superior campaign. He knew going into this election that it was going to get ugly early and often, but I don't think even he knew how nasty this race would get. It took a lot of intestinal fortitude to weather all the attacks that came his way via the Ackerman campaign. Chris had the advantage early on in this election and never relinquished it. He pressed this advantage to the point where now he will be the next Assemblyman come January barring any disasters.

As for the Ackerman campaign, I don't have very many nice things to say. She, Dick, and most of the Republican establishment that supported and endorsed her were defeated tonight by an almost 2 to 1 margin. Her campaign spent in the neighborhood of $350k dollars between what she raised and the IEs for her and she only received 2400 more votes than Richard Faher who didn't spend any money at all! LOL! This has to be unprecedented. Her campaign went hard negative right out of the gate before many even knew who she was. That's a great way to introduce yourself...haha. As we see by the results tonight, the blowback from her negative campaign was that she lost big. The voters were smart enough to see through all of her ridiculous negative mailers. I read Linda's statement from earlier tonight that she congratulates Supervisor Norby on his victory. That's very nice of her, but it's not sufficient. She and Dick need to endorse him now for the good of party unity. We'll give you a few days to lick your wounds and get over the bitterness that you and Dick are probably feeling towards Chris right now, but it's time to finally end this ugly chapter in OC political history and endorse Chris for the runoff. It's the right thing to do.

The other big loser in this campaign is most of the establishment in my party that early on, circled the wagons for Linda. How did that work out for you guys? The whole ethics process in the Central Committee was one big joke. Ackerman brought in all her high paid slick lawyers to the first subcommittee hearing and eked out an admonition from the Executive Committee that were in the tank big time for Linda. Now the Dems can say that, look, even the Republicans admonished Norby. That's real helpful. Thanks guys. I argued early on that our party has no business being the referee of an election contest that gets ugly because we as a party, for the most part, have no credibility right now to judge who is ethical. The voters are smart enough to figure these things out. Chris Norby now has ultimate letter of admonishion against Linda Ackerman....it's called victory. I hope this is a lesson learned.


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