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Bruce McFarland: Democrats can save state with your help

Democratic Voices

Posted: September 13, 2010 10:47 p.m.
Updated: September 14, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Many good statewide elected officials are in jeopardy of being overwhelmed by Queen Meg Whitman’s millions. Democrats all over California are mobilizing for the fight of their political lives, and Democrats in the Santa Clarita Valley can help stop the term “Gov. Meg Whitman” from becoming a reality.

Someone once said, “when Democrats vote, Democrats win.”

In California, that’s been true for many years. The secretary of state reports that in May 1994, Democrats held 48.9 percent of the registered voters, with Republicans and voters declining to state claiming 37.1 percent and 10.4 percent respectively. That compares with Dems at 44.5 percent, Republicans at 30.8 percent and decline-to-state voters at 20.2 percent this May.

Over the 16 last years, Dems lost 9.1 percent, Republicans lost 17 percent, and decline-to-state voters almost doubled.
Unfortunately, Republicans turn out to vote at a better rate than Democrats, and decline-to-state voters may have their highest turnout ever, this November.

Many decline-to-state voters are infuriated that big money, corporate investor, offshore banker types — like Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina — are trying to buy the California election. Those decline-to-state voters need to mail in their ballots and get to the polls to save our state.

So, what’s so wrong with “Gov. Meg Whitman?” Where do I start? You probably noticed that Whitman beat Steve Poizner by being the most despicable right-wing, anti-immigrant, pro-greedy businesswoman Republican she could be. Those ads are gone now, and the ever so moderate fantasy-league candidate has emerged. Whitman is a lie.

Whitman didn’t even care enough to vote for 28 years, according to the Sacramento Bee. She has a vague recollection of voting for Ronald Reagan, but there doesn’t appear to be much evidence that she participated in the most basic political duty of every American — and she has the nerve to ask people to vote for her.

Anyone doing a Google search on “Meg Whitman lies” will find a nearly endless string of websites devoted to dispelling the lies that Whitman and her campaign spew into the airwaves. It seems she will say anything to get elected.

Again, what’s wrong with an outsider, Whitman, a businesswoman, running California? Well at least Whitman’s advisors told her not to claim she wants to run the government like a business. But what else has she ever done? She’s gone from job to job, looking for more compensation and a better position — always praying at the altar of the financial bottom line.

As CEO of Ebay, Whitman was used to telling people what to do and getting her way. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger thought he could bully the legislature too, and you see how well that worked out. Whitman doesn’t know politics, nor does she have any idea how the state of California works — she would be a disaster for California.

So how many votes are needed to defeat Whitman? Just one, and that one could be your vote, or someone you convince to go to the polls and vote for Jerry Brown.

Getting involved with a political campaign may not be something you’ve ever done, but if the idea of “Gov. Meg Whitman,” scares you to death, you may just want to take some time to make sure that doesn’t happen.

Between now and the election, the Democratic Alliance for Action of Santa Clarita is hosting phone-banking sessions at various locations in Santa Clarita. Call (661) 309-4DAA(4322) for more information. Phone banking is easy. You get a starting script, but you’ll probably find your own words after the second call. And you’ll be calling Democrats — that’s right, people right here in the SCV that think the way we do.

If you want to personally know the candidates you’re campaigning for, why not volunteer for one of our local Democrats, like Diana Shaw, Democrat for 38th Assembly, who can be reached at or at (661) 367-2434. You can also volunteer for the Carole Lutness for Castaic Lake Water District by calling 661-799-3632.

Finally, if you’d like to see a bigger and bluer picture of the Southern California political scene, take a little trip to the northwest corner of Van Nuys Boulevard and Sherman Way, to discover the San Fernando Valley’s Democratic Party Headquarters. The party’s working every weekday from 2-8 p.m., Saturday from 10-6 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. Come on down — make a difference. Its number is (818) 995-DEMS(3367).

Please remember, it only takes one vote, and, when Democrats vote, Democrats win.

Bruce McFarland is a Santa Clarita resident. His column reflects his own views and not necessarily those of The Signal. “Democratic Voices” runs Tuesday in The Signal and rotates among several SCV Democrats.


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