GOP Sisterhood of the Traveling Birthers?
Stinque’s favorite Israeli-Russian emigre, birther, dentist, and soon-to-be-disbarred member of the California Bar may very well end up winning the GOP primary for California Secretary of State tomorrow. While she’s only raised $6,000 for her campaign (H/T Bloggie), and there has been no official polling for this race, straw polls at Tea Party events indicate that the teabaggers are rallying to support Orly Taitz’s campaign against a former professional football player, Damon Dunn, who is the party establishment’s choice.
More than a few party operatives are chewing their fingernails at the thought of another Rand Paul-type upset in a GOP primary.
On the other hand, your West Coast editors at Stinque are overwhelmed with excitement at the thought of four months of covering Meg, Carly, and Orly campaigning across the state. Oooh, and what if Talibunny joins them on the campaign trail?
A girl can dream…
Longtime California GOP strategist Allan Hoffenblum, who publishes the California Target Book, says a Taitz victory is entirely possible. “It will be a complete embarrassment if she wins, but these things can happen,” he said.
“I’m not running a primary campaign against Orly Taitz,” Dunn says. “I’m just going to take the high road.”
Not everyone is convinced it’s going to work.
“Dunn has not done enough,” Lacy [a state GOP operative] said.“For professional Republicans right now, the main tactic in regards to Orly Taitz is prayer,” said Jack Pitney, a political science professor at Claremont McKenna College and a longtime observer of California politics.
As with her lawsuits against President Obama, Taitz has filed suits challenging Dunn’s standing to run for Secretary of State, arguing that because he registered to vote as a Democrat in Florida when he lived there, he is disqualified to run in the primary. She also has attacked Dunn, a graduate of Stanford University and a real estate entrepreneur, as a RINO and a beneficiary of Republican Party affirmative action.
All joking aside, Secretary of State does have some important responsibilities, unlike the Lieutenant Governor, which include:
- Serving as the state’s Chief Elections Officer
- Implementing electronic filing and Internet disclosure of campaign and lobbyist financial information
- Maintaining all corporate and business filings
- Commissioning notaries public
- Maintaining the state’s Domestic Partners and Advance Health Care Directive Registries
Luckily, the incumbent Democrat Debra Bowen is forecast to easily win reelection.