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I'm bummed out: Chuck DeVore clearly deserved nod over Carly Fiorina

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Posted: Saturday, June 12, 2010 12:00 am | Updated: 11:27 am, Thu Jul 22, 2010.

Disappointment. Since ex-HP CEO Carly Fiorina was announced the winner of the GOP U.S. Senate primary, I am dealing with feelings of immense disappointment.

Allow me to explain.

This state has a projected deficit of $19 billion.

We don't have a whole lot of time or money — mostly money — to spare for failure again. And while I have little faith in the cheeky, fake, teleprompter smile of Meg Whitman, who only proved that a great marketing campaign works, I have no faith in Fiorina.

At least Whitman was successful in what she did for many of the major companies she worked for. Fiorina proudly boasts that she worked her way up from receptionist to CEO of Hewlett-Packard. But were you aware that under her leadership HP took a nose-dive, and due to her poor performance Fiorina was forced into resignation?

In fact, when news of Fiorina's departure hit, HP's stock jumped. What a testament to her ability to achieve results, eh?

She served as the top economic advisor for John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign. A campaign he lost, by the way.

The reason I'm really fuming is because the one man who was the most obvious choice on the primary ballot didn't win.

This man is State Assemblyman Chuck DeVore.

DeVore, whom I interviewed last year about his desire to jump into the senate race, led an incredible grassroots campaign in which he garnered the support of the Tea Party movement and was the fed-up Californian's candidate.

It's rare to find a politician as transparent and honest as DeVore. He has strong conservative roots that date back to his time in the Reagan administration, and a phenomenal comprehension of the United States constitution. He cites it during casual conversation or debate, and supports his verbatim citation with the paper copy in his shirt pocket.

When it came to big-spending environmental bills or any form of new taxes, he stood alone in front of the state Assembly in disbelief, scolding them and using his "no" vote to combat the idiocy.

The thing about DeVore is that he's remarkably refreshing. From his proven conservative track record in the Assembly to his bold stances on immigration, the economy and even the Obama health care bill, DeVore says what he means.

DeVore, a retired National Guard lieutenant colonel, would have let GM and other collapsing businesses go bankrupt rather than bail them out. He wants to keep Guantanamo Bay open and have enemy combatants tried there. He opposes cap and trade, supports nuclear power and voted against California's massive global warming bill.

He pulled no punches and didn't have the aura of a typical politician. He expressed the same frustration over the expansion of government as the average citizen.

Fiorina adopted more of DeVore's stances as his popularity increased. And personally, I'm trying to understand why Fiorina is running for the Senate at all when she just doesn't seem to have any passion for what she says she wants so bad.

But the most telling moment of Fiorina's campaign happened when the former governor gone rogue, Sarah Palin, publicly endorsed Fiorina for some reason. Oh, wait, Palin also endorsed Arizona Sen. John McCain and Texas Gov. Rick Perry. That makes sense. A little back-scratching never hurt, right?

Even Palin's supporters were stunned and started their own counter-endorsement of DeVore in protest.

DeVore — not a millionaire like Fiorina — was labeled the dark horse of the race because his support is coming from the grassroots level. With no Big Business or Big Union money flowing into his campaign, DeVore was running a campaign free of the special interest shackles that have enslaved our current roster of politicians.

DeVore was California's last, best hope.

Now we will watch as Fiorina, with no political experience, track record or opinions of her own, attacks Barbara Boxer from now until November because that's all she has.

As President Obama would say, "Let me be clear." Anyone is better than Barbara Boxer. It's just that the very best candidate didn't win. And that's disappointing.

Columnist Wade Heath can be contacted at reachwade@ lycos.com. Follow him on Twitter @Wadewire.

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  • posted at 1:34 am on Tue, Jun 22, 2010.


    Let them only have Blackberries for communication. Take away the airplanes. We have not needed Boxer for years. Spend, spend, spend.

  • posted at 6:19 am on Mon, Jun 21, 2010.


    i want boxer out a little more than i'd like devore in. i believe boxer, waters, and pelosi need ta go. the progressives have ruined this state and are in the process of ruining our nation. we need to stop the progressive movement.decrease govt. decrease spending. decrease taxes. conservative constitutional common sense solutions.

  • posted at 5:23 am on Mon, Jun 21, 2010.


    Hey Wade......is this you?http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2010/06/cast-member-spotlight-wade-heath/

  • posted at 2:53 pm on Thu, Jun 17, 2010.


    election year wrote on Jun 17, 2010 7:03 PM: " surfer: I'm just gobsmacked at your inability to understand the simple back and forth here. Election… you are my favorite… anyone who talks about someone’s ability to grasp and communicate ideas and concepts, then uses a word like “ gobsmacked “ to communicate, is my kind of guy… you are one creative person. Thanks for your comments.Also, Obama is concerned, the Democratic Party is concerned, Boxer is extremely concerned about losing Boxer’s position in November... But not you… according to you… Boxer has no chance of losing … zero… she has nothing to worry about. Out of curiosity, why are you so much more confident than Obama and Boxer? Maybe you should contact Boxer’s office and tell them not to worry. It’s a shame to see her look so concerned when all she has to do is listen to you… hurry election… hurry

  • posted at 2:03 pm on Thu, Jun 17, 2010.


    surfer: I'm just gobsmacked at your inability to understand the simple back and forth here. Although you seem to have a dictionary handy, I don't even want to try to explain the word "sarcasm." Might send you off on another tangent.

  • posted at 2:04 pm on Wed, Jun 16, 2010.



  • posted at 11:04 am on Wed, Jun 16, 2010.


    Surfgliderdb wrote Gator, I strongly disagree with you. I think that says it allPlease Gator... let me explain... facetious1: joking or jesting often : 2: meant to be humorous or funny : not serious So when I said I strongly disagreed with you... its a form of humor.... since I was strongly agreeing with you... I will be more careful in the future an avoid humor with you... take care

  • posted at 3:25 am on Wed, Jun 16, 2010.


    Surfgliderdb wrote Gator, I strongly disagree with you. I think that says it all.

  • posted at 11:46 am on Tue, Jun 15, 2010.


    Gator wrote on Jun 15, 2010 8:02 AM:" Surfgliderdb, you haven’t been around long enoughGator, I was being facetious. I was agreeing with you completely... are you saying that it was unreasonable to agree with you??

  • posted at 3:02 am on Tue, Jun 15, 2010.


    Surfgliderdb, you haven’t been around long enough to make a statement likethat…It started down hill in the sixties and was a precursor to the mess thisCountry is in now….But it’s just not the Democrats it’s all the loonies in theCongress and Senate with King Obumbo in the lead…They all have to go!!!!

  • posted at 4:00 pm on Mon, Jun 14, 2010.


    Gator... “Boxer. Reid, Pelosi, and Dear leader and many other hooligans have flat out ruined the Democratic Party…Gator, I strongly disagree with you. The Democratic Party was never in a position to be ruined. They have always been a party of deception, thugery and crooks. All Boxer, Reid and Pelosi did was to shine light on how bad they always have been. I thank them for helping the general public uncover who and what they have always been.

  • posted at 3:51 pm on Mon, Jun 14, 2010.


    election year ... thank you for illustrating how you think and how shallow yor back up sources are... you quote laynidol???? How humorous that you call all right wingers nut jobs re their attitude towards Muslims based on one local blogger... I guess we should expect all opinions you post to have the same veracity of evidence... I guess if I read a blogger say that you are a descendant of a roach, that I could quote it as evidence you are a bug... In that case, my opinion would be as valid as yours. Obviously, you are not a roach, you just think and act like one.

  • posted at 2:25 pm on Mon, Jun 14, 2010.


    Boxer. Reid, Pelosi, and Dear leader and many other hooligans have flat out ruined the Democratic party…Although picking up a tar ball on the beach isvery presidential don’t you think.. Finally someone makes Jimmy Carter look good, not by much…I’ll keep my Guns and money and you can keepyour change.. Before you get your panties in a bunch I’m a Democrat although a little ashamed to admit it now days…

  • posted at 11:41 am on Mon, Jun 14, 2010.


    surfgliderdb: Try reading the posts. I didn't make up the Muslim thing - "laynidol" did.And yes, Carly will lose because she cannot hold a candle to Barbara Boxer. Fiorina was a disgrace to Silicon Valley and she's a disgrace to the Republican party. She and Palin no doubt made a great pair on the McCain campaign with their constant sniping and snarky comments about others...the only thing is that now Palin cries crocodile tears every time she gets back in kind...phoney, money-grubber that she is.

  • posted at 8:44 am on Mon, Jun 14, 2010.


    election year ...OK, you right-wing nuts can't have it both ways...which is it going to be? Taken over by illegals or taken over by Muslims. Or, in your conspiratorially twisted minds, will the two duke it out with nuclear weapons... What a joke…What planets are you domiciled. I do not know of any right winger that thinks we are being taken over by Muslims or what you call illegals. I know of right wingers who feel that people should enter our country like Americans must enter other countries, with papers and ID… I know many people on the right who think Muslims are wonderful caring people. I stayed in Malaysia for 1 month where most people are Muslim and felt welcomed by them… but I had papers and entered their country by their rules… I know many are concerned about one part of the Muslim world… that part which is radical and is a small minority or the whole. If that makes them right wing nut jobs… then I consider that terminology a high compliment.. thank you for your kind words.

  • posted at 8:14 am on Mon, Jun 14, 2010.


    election year wrote on Jun 14, 2010 5:44 AM:" I think this is the best Wade Heath column I have ever read. Well written and with opinions supported by facts. Good job, WadePlease define facts. He clearly does not know them well... for example; he equated her participation in McCain’s run for office as an example of failure. John McCain couldn’t beat his own mother in a national campaign. If not for Palin and Carly, he would have lost by a much bigger margin. Heath was misrepresenting what happened. His candidate did not win, so he is having a temper tantrum. I’m sure now, he will vote for Boxer… not a chance he would vote for Carly. Typical of a person like you to enjoy and approve of an article that misrepresents. Of course you like it.Also, please keep thinking and talking about how Carly has no chance… it helps her cause… she will thank people like you for helping her later.

  • posted at 8:11 am on Mon, Jun 14, 2010.


    OK, you right-wing nuts can't have it both ways...which is it going to be? Taken over by illegals or taken over by Muslims. Or, in your conspiratorially twisted minds, will the two duke it out with nuclear weapons.What a joke!

  • posted at 7:54 am on Mon, Jun 14, 2010.


    Oops, I forgot to finish one sentence in my comment below. Here is the the rest of the sentence. "like to distort things."

  • posted at 7:41 am on Mon, Jun 14, 2010.


    Glenn Beck makes a lot of sense!! Also, Wade Heath always does a great job with his column. He has a great future in front of him. This is from a curmudgeon who has observed life for many years. It always amazes me how the libs or maybe I should progs these days. The Muslims will take over the US and you will all be living under Sharia law in 50 years or so.

  • posted at 12:46 am on Mon, Jun 14, 2010.


    Oh, and surgliderdb, Yes, Wade has many times sounded like a Glenn Beck clone. Get YOUR facts straight....

  • posted at 12:44 am on Mon, Jun 14, 2010.


    I think this is the best Wade Heath column I have ever read. Well written and with opinions supported by facts. Good job, Wade!As for Carly Fiorina, she unfortunately has no chance to beat Barbara Boxer in November. She has already shown her true colors by making snarky comments about her opponent and Whitman when she didn't know the camera and sound was on. She has behaved more like a b*tchy little high schooler than a candidate for public office. That is not the kind of representation California needs in Washington.

  • posted at 4:31 pm on Sun, Jun 13, 2010.


    thx1138... Thanks for your perspective...However, please get your facts straight. 1. Wade has never sounded like Glen Beck.. not even close.2. Sarah Palin has never had breast enlargements, but even if she did, you display your lack of character bringing up the subject, just like Leno and Stewart. 3. Who gives a flip about comments of someone’s hair... you have a flair for making trivia an issue... in short... your comments have no meaning except to inform people that there are developmentally challenged people reading the Lodi news sentinel

  • posted at 3:09 pm on Sat, Jun 12, 2010.


    Wholy poop Wade! You are finally starting to make sense! I agree with you about Carly. I am so glad that you are starting to sound like John Stewart and not Glenn Beck and the other Fox morons. I guess you listened to John on his show when he said much the same as you did about Carly. Did you listen to what Jay Leno televised what in appropriate comment she made about her Deomocratic apponent"s hair. Of course Jay also let the cat of the bag about Sarah Palin getting breast enlargement also!


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