The two staunch conservatives have nearly identical voting records, though LaMalfa’s conservative scorecard is a bit higher than Keene’s.
The winner is expected to replace Sam Aanestad in such a heavily Republican District. Democrats can forget about this one.
You may have seen the Keene and LaMalfa campaign signs by the freeway in Nevada City, at the end of the lot owned by Robinson Enterprises. It’s prime campaign-sign real estate.
LaMalfa’s sign, “He’s one of us,” is the same campaign slogan used in his previous assembly race more than five years ago, which stirred up some strong emotions then, just as now.
“Every time I see one of Doug LaMalfa’s campaign signs – ‘He’s One of Us’ – I am transported back to the sweet, sacred days of my boyhood in the deep South. Oh, those were simpler times,” said a sarcastic letter writer in the Chico News and Review back in 2004, when the signs first appeared.
“Doug longs for the old days, when a man could hop in his 357 Boss Mustang after work, take Mary Jane for an evening ride by the levee, and only pay 25 cents a gallon for this basic American right.
“Today, we have to invade dinky towel-head countries to keep them from extorting American dollars for oil. Homos want to get married. Federal agents want to take our guns.”
Added another: “I am confused by Assemblyman Doug LaMalfa’s campaign signs, which proclaim that ‘He’s One of Us.’ Excuse me? Us? Does he mean the handful of federally subsidized millionaire rice farmers in our district? He’s definitely one of them.”
Said another: “Now if I could only figure out who ‘us’ is.”
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