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DeepModem Mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-05 09:24 AM
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LAT: Schwarzenegger Cannot Appoint Successor to Cunningham
Schwarzenegger Cannot Appoint Successor to Cunningham
By Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer


SAN DIEGO Once Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger receives official notification of the resignation of Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham (R-Rancho Santa Fe), he has two weeks to call a special election in the 50th Congressional District. Unlike a Senate vacancy, he cannot appoint a successor.

The law allows the governor to tack an election onto a previously scheduled election, so a special election to complete Cunningham's term could be held in June, when a primary will be held anyway for candidates seeking a full two-year term in Cunningham's old district.

The candidate winning the special election would have to run again in November to earn a two-year term. In a special election, any candidate receiving a majority of votes is declared the winner without a runoff.

Francine Busby, a school board member in Cardiff, had announced her candidacy for the Democratic nomination even before the federal government launched an investigation into Cunningham's financial links to military contractors.

Although the district, stretching from La Jolla to Carlsbad and inland to Escondido, is 45% Republican and 30% Democratic, Busby has long asserted that Cunningham's conservatism was out of step with voters....


http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-elect29nov29,0,...
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kansasblue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-05 09:27 AM
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1. Insert Democratic Iraq veteran canidate here ---->
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realFedUp Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-05 09:29 AM
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2. Gee, the Dukestir could have saved CA more money
by coming clean a lot earlier. His special
election could have been attached to Arnie's
special election, making it really really
special.

Republicans cost us money and lives.
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realFedUp Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-05 09:50 AM
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3. Martha Stewart didn't cry when she was indicted...
just heard that on Steph Miller show...hehehe.

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The_Counsel Donating Member (844 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-05 09:57 AM
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4. I Know I'm Gonna Be Rapped In The Mouth For This...
...but why bother?

Is it REALLY necessary to go through all this when there's going to be a general election for the seat next year anyway? House seats go vacant all the time. Indeed, there's a bout three or four vacant seats in the House right now, if I remember correctly.

What the hell is wrong with Californians that they continue to stand for virtually useless elections when the money could be better spent elsewhere?

Go ahead and flame away, but that's the way I feel about it... :shrug:
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A Simple Game Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-05 10:07 AM
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5. No flame here.
I was thinking the same thing.

Giving power to the people is sometimes a pain, and costly.
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calimary Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-05 10:17 AM
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6. No flame here, either, from this Californian.
Edited on Tue Nov-29-05 10:18 AM by calimary
Although that last special election, exhorbitantly expensive as it was (when we DESPERATELY needed that money for other things), actually was kinda worth the expense - considering how we SHELLACKED schwarzengroper with it. It was actually well worth it to see him knocked down all those pegs, not to mention the message that sent to his republi-CON manipulators who still fancy turning California red. In hindsight, it proved to be money well spent!

But this is ridiculous. Somebody running for Congress in June - for a seat that will be open again in less than six months... yeah. Great idea. We're MADE of money out here. :grr:

Frankly, I wonder how well the people in Cunningham's district have been served by him in the last year or so, as his legal troubles and the scandals around him started to pile up and divert his attention. Considering how much he seemed to be out for himself, why should he then be continuing to focus on his constituents - aside from those well-heeled conservatives to whom he could keep on pleading poverty? They probably wouldn't notice the difference much, anyway, except for a sudden dearth of bad publicity about one of their own.

I'm glad arnold can't appoint the replacement. Gives the Dems a shot.

BTW - great line from Stephanie Miller's show about how Martha didn't cry when she was indicted. How true!!!
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orwell Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-05 10:18 AM
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7. I'm a Californian...
...and I agree with you. Maybe these "conscientious" voters need a little wakeup call for voting for this red white and blue turd in the first place. How about no representation for a year.

Things will probably improve in his district.
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Inland Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-05 10:22 AM
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8. Probably when rule made,
races didn't cost a kajillion dollars.

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AlCzervik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-05 11:05 AM
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10. Well it won't be a statewide election this time
or it shouldn't be. Yes we get very tired of special elections hers, they cost a bloody fortune that could be spent elsewhere, like on education.
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mike_c Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-05 11:13 AM
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11. I agree with you 100 percent....
We don't need another special election, especially one that will be superceded within six months.
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WhiteTara Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-05 03:45 PM
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15. good point and as a citizen of that state
I wonder the same damn thing. What could possibly be so important that leaving the seat vacant for awhile would hurt. At least Duke baby is out of there and can't do any more harm.
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cosmicdot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-05 03:57 PM
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17. Orange County has a run-off election next Tuesday
to replace Chris Cox ...

http://www.steveyoungforcongress.com /

having Chris Cox as a congress critter =
basically, not having representation
so, an empty seat would be about the same


October - election to replace Chris Cox; no one got a majority of the votes
November - the Gropinator's Bu$hification of California initiatives
December - the run-off from October

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Gormy Cuss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-05 11:00 AM
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9. One way holding an election even as late as June may help a Dem
Edited on Tue Nov-29-05 11:01 AM by Gormy Cuss
Striking while the iron is hot (while constituents are still furious at Duke) may push more to vote for a moderate Democrat. Waiting until the general election gives voters a few more months to cool off and chose the Repub nominee instead.
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sdfernando Donating Member (421 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-05 11:23 AM
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12. He had to wait.
That is another reason I suspect the Dick didn't do this earlier. He HAD to wait until AFTER the special election, lest a Democrat win the district. All the polls really indicated that the special election (GOP election) was going down in flames. If his seat was up for grabs then, a Dem would have had a real chance at winning it.
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Gormy Cuss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-05 12:39 PM
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14. Well, yes. That's quite likely the case. Politics as usual.
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WhiteTara Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-05 03:46 PM
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16. yep, another screw job, compliments
of the GOP.
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cascadiance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-30-05 10:14 AM
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19. Well, here it might not have followed suit, and then again...

Here in San Diego, they passed three of the props that we didn't want passed and turned down everything else. Also, Donna Frye lost the mayor's bid. Now, had Cunningham gone through this before the special eleciton it might have:

a) heightened the concern here about corruption, and perhaps even swayed the election more towards Donna Frye (who campaigned on open government, etc.), along with helping Busby get elected then, which perhaps was one reason Cunningham waited then.

or

b) if the same voters that voted in Donna Frye and voted down for three of the props weren't affected by the Cunningham race, they might have voted for a Republican then instead.

Now, as far as leaving the seat vacant, I'm sorry, but as a person in that district, I hate waiting that much longer to be unrepresented in national government. It's been bad enough for the last half of the year where we had Cunningham as a lame duck right winger who had no incentive at all to listen to our needs, at a time when we feel we need representation as much as any other time, with all of the messes going on in the federal government now. At least if it was a right winger running for re-election, we could hold that over their head and note they could pay a big price for not listening to us. With Cunningham we had nothing.

If we get a new rep now, whether it's Busby or a Republican, we are likely to get heard more. Even if the Republican wins, and most likely it would have to be a moderate to beat Busby (like Jerry Sanders was when he beat Donna Frye), neither would have sufficient incumbency to not feel like they have to listen to their voters' needs to get re-elected in 2006. Sorry, but I feel we NEED this election for us here.

And more visibility of this election as a cost of corruption here will also perhaps us pass the "clean elections" legislation here locally, which they are trying to get on the 2006 ballot here in San Diego.
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goforit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-05 12:11 PM
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13. LOL!!!.....Too funny.
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fujiyama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-30-05 04:18 AM
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18. How has that district trended?
Any chance of taking it from them?
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Javaman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-30-05 01:39 PM
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20. Maybe someone can tackon a recall election with that! n/t
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SoCalDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-30-05 03:48 PM
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21. "Duke" needs to PAY for the damned election.. We JUST had one
He should have fessed up in time to let his "people" vote for his replacement..NOW they have to go out and vote again?? What a slug.
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