Why I am Running
I began last week, along with many of you, urging acting governor Abel Maldonado to file the State's appeal in the federal case involving Proposition 8. I ended the week as his opponent and a candidate for the office of Lieutenant Governor.
To some this may seem extreme or be dismissed as a publicity stunt. It is neither. It is the proper response when we find the two front runners for the office of Lieutenant Governor do not share our principles, our values or our respect for the legal system.
The democratic nominee and mayor of San Francisco is the poster child for self indulgent government that disregards the will of the public. The Republican nominee, who leveraged betrayal of his party into an appointment to this vacant position, showed an inability to properly lead in his brief debut this past week as acting governor. His actions were so disturbing that I believe he is now unelectable to this position.
If Republicans and conservatives wish to be represented in this important office, we must look beyond the names preprinted on our ballots. This is why am running as a write-in candidate for the office of California Lieutenant Governor.
Admittedly my sudden candidacy raises many questions. As a long time Republican I am open to criticism in running against the Republican nominee. Won't my candidacy hurt the chances for the Republican nominee? Should we not just go for the win and support whoever has an R behind their name?
First, as I noted before, I believe that Abel Maldonado has made himself unelectable. My candidacy may be the only chance for a Republican to win this seat.
But more than that, Republicans have been tempted too many times to "go for the win". If Abel Maldonado was running for reelection as governor, I might be persuaded that I should hold my nose and vote for the member of my party. But he is not. He is running for an office with much less power that is often seen as the governor-in-waiting.
We need to send a clear message now that Maldonado should not be regarded as the favorite for the Republican nomination for governor four or eight years down the road.
Please join me in restoring integrity and principled leadership to the office of Lieutenant Governor.