Local GOP Women’s next speaker: Tea Party candidate for governor Tim Donnelly, who is on probation

1586161_me_tim_donnelly_ALS_If you don’t think the Nevada County Tea Party has subsumed the once-moderate Nevada County Republican Women Federated, check out its next speaker: Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, the Tea Party candidate for Governor. This comes on the heels of “Constitutional Sheriff” Richard Mack.

Donnelly will address the Nevada County Republican Women Federated on March 18 at the Alta Sierra Country Club, starting at noon.

Donnelly is the San Bernardino County lawmaker who was placed on probation for three years after taking a loaded gun to Ontario International Airport in his carry-on briefcase in 2012. Now Donnelly appears to have violated his probation agreement while firing borrowed weapons at an indoor gun range last week, as the L.A. Times is reporting.

“California Republican Assemblyman Tim Donnelly almost certainly won’t succeed in his quest to become the Golden State’s governor, but give him this much: He’s made what’ll probably be the most bizarre political ad of the 2014 cycle,” as Salon reported.

“A gun in every Californian’s safe”

“Donnelly’s three-minute Web ad, titled ‘The People United’ is strange in a few ways. For one thing, Donnelly apparently decided that the best way to win back California’s Latino community — whom he has no doubt thoroughly alienated with his Minuteman vigilantism — is to have Cuban-born actress and singer María Conchita Alonso join him in the ad, translating (and sometimes reinterpreting) whatever he says into Spanish. This leads to a few weird moments, like when Alonso challenges Donnelly’s contention that his wife is the sexiest woman in California, or when she implies that he has big testicles — “big ones,” as she puts it.

“The next most puzzling aspect of the ad is the incoherent smorgasbord of policies Donnelly says he’ll push if he becomes governor. Donnelly’s promise to put “a gun in every Californian’s gun safe” is to be expected from a Tea Party-backed politician; but what’s with his argument that McDonald’s workers in the state should get $20 per hour because “we’re Californians”? Raising the minimum wage (assuming that’s what Donnelly means) isn’t exactly the best way to keep government “out of our businesses,” as Donnelly demands.”

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

7 thoughts on “Local GOP Women’s next speaker: Tea Party candidate for governor Tim Donnelly, who is on probation”

  1. So, I don’t know Maria Conchita Alonso or her nominally gifted plastic surgeon. Is she a former SNL member or Victoria Jackson’s crazier half-sister and what or who exactly IS Tim Donnelly? Is he running for governor in Alabama? Why is coming up there exactly and how can I make sure never to employ his make-up artist? So many questions Pelline. Maybe you can help me out here….

  2. For those who don’t know who Maria Conchita Alonso is…she’s NOT Salma Hayek, Eva Mendes, Rosie Perez, Zoe Saldana or Jennifer Lopez. You haven’t heard of her for a reason.

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