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By Paul Losch

2010 California US Senator Race

Uploaded: Jan 15, 2010

As a follow on from my comments about the race for Governor this year, there was the interesting, but not surprising announcement by Tom Campbell that he has decided to compete in the Republican primary for US Senate, not for Governor.

Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina and someone with whom I am not familiar from Southern California also have their "hats in the ring." The GOP primary winner will vie against 2 term incumbent Barbara Boxer for the seat.

I have never been a fan of Boxer, and I am of the opinion that she won her two previous campaigns due as much to weak opponents as her qualifications. What she has going for her at this point is she has enough experience and seniority that she actually now has some clout on Capitol Hill. That may or may not be enough to get her re-elected, but it also depends on who her opponent is.

Campbell clearly is well-qualified, and is a moderate Republican, a scarce species in California these days. That may work to his disadvantage in the primary, since the GOP has a pretty conservative bent these days. It could be the guy who has the best chance of winning against Boxer never gets past the primary.

I don't know why Carly Fiorina thinks she is eligible for this office. She was at best a questionable CEO at HP, and after making some ill advised remarks in the 2008 election when she was an advisor to the McCain campaign, she was not heard from again. She also recently has had some health problems. But, like Meg Whitman and Steve Poizner, she has plenty of her own money that she appears willing to spend on her campaign, so we likely will have a highly visible Carly on the airwaves, print press and on line.

I don't know anything about the guy from Socal, I believe he is in eiher the State Assembly or State Senate. If I have that right, my hunch he is cut out of the conservative cloth that personifies the California GOP these days. This has appeal in a primary, but is likely the kiss of death in a general election. (He is facing the opposite challenge that Campbell does.) I welcome anyone who knows more about him to post something on this thread. It will help me and anyone else reading this get a better understanding of who the guy is.

I don't know who Boxer ultimately will be running against. If it is Campbell, there is a chance he will get my vote. But, I may find myself holding my nose and voting for Boxer, due to her incumbency and my concerns about our US Senate coming to a grinding halt if the Republicans gain enough seats to filibuster. The Dems need to retain 60 or more seats in order to avoid that situation.

I am amazed that a state as formidable as California cannot provide the electorate better candidates for these important offices. Maybe the truly capable just cannot be bothered--they have better things to do with their time and energy.

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