Editor’s note: “Craig Huey ‘gets it,’” wrote our Congressman Tom McClintock in endorsing him for Jane Harman’s seat in a closely watched race in Southern California. Huey lost to Democrat Janice Hahn in a contentious race on Tuesday.
Once again, social views — on gay marriage and abortion, for example — are hurting the hard right at the California polls. Many Californians are fiscally conservative but socially moderate. This could be a “bugaboo” for Gov. Rick Perry, too, in a presidential run. “When will they ever learn? When will they ever learn?”
“In a hard-fought special congressional election marked by sharp divisions in ideology and even sharper personal attacks, Democrat Janice Hahn defeated underdog Republican Craig Huey on Tuesday,” according to the L.A. Times.
“Unofficial election night returns showed Hahn won 54.6% to 45.4%.
“Democrats hold an 18-point registration edge in California’s largely coastal 36th Congressional District, based in the South Bay. Jane Harman, a Venice Democrat, gave up the seat in February to run a Washington think tank.
“Most observers had expected Hahn, a member of a prominent local political family, to have little trouble winning after Democratic Secretary of State Debra Bowen was edged out of the runoff by Huey.
“But Huey, 61, owner of a marketing firm and publisher of Christian voter guides, mounted a stronger-than-expected campaign, in large part by putting in more than $800,000 of his own money. He rallied ‘tea party’ members and other conservatives and, with his cut-spending/grow-jobs message, tried to appeal to independents and others he felt were fed up with the federal government.
“The race was contentious. Huey dismissed Hahn as another ‘career politician,’ and she criticized his ‘extreme’ views opposing abortion rights and gay marriage. He distributed videos of a local Fox News affiliate’s 2008 report linking her to gang members — subsequently discredited by at least two other news organizations and L.A. Police Chief Charlie Beck.
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