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DeVore Running to Challenge Boxer in 2010

Today at 1 p.m., live online, California Assemblyman Chuck DeVore will announce his candidacy for the U.S. Senate seat in California currently held by Barbara Boxer. You can see the announcement live here.

I spoke to Chuck DeVore earlier this week and found him to be a breath of fresh air, particularly following the recent election. He is an unashamed conservative who has been on the front lines fighting against tax increases proposed by Republican Governor Schwarzenegger and the Democrats in California. He is beginning his run early because he wants to build a statewide organization that taps into the "grassroots army" and utilizes new media. He will need that much time to mount a competitive campaign in the large state in order to raise the money and put in the time on the road to travel all over California. DeVore has utilized the new media in his state office and "gets it" when it comes to the importance of blogs and talk radio and other forms of new media to running for office today.

He has run extremely effective campaigns in his district, winning by wide margins. DeVore pointed out what many outside of California (including me) probably don't know -- that a California Assembly seat is the fourth largest in the nation in number of constituents represented. He currently represents over 500,000 people.

I asked him why he thinks he can beat Barbara Boxer in the blue state of California and he makes a persuasive argument. He pointed to several factors. 2010 will be the first off year election in a new president's first term. Typically these are not kind to the office in power, which should work in his favor He also pointed to Boxer's vulnerabilities. Although Sen. Diane Feinstein is about as liberal, Barbara Boxer is seen as more partisan and extreme and is less popular than Feinstein.

In an election where voters are likely to be voting their pocketbooks, Boxer's record of opposing nuclear energy and supporting tax increases should also help DeVore, who has a strong record of fighting against high taxes and for energy independence. If national security is a major issue in 2010, DeVore has a military background that will serve him well, especially in contrast to Boxer's consistently liberal, often anti-defense, record. DeVore will be running on a clear, strong conservative message (unlike some recent unsuccessful GOP candidates). I will have more from my interview with Chuck DeVore later this week as part of a piece looking at the conservative movement following the 2008 election.

There has been a good bit of speculation over the past year that Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger will run in the 2010 race against Boxer. DeVore told me that he would welcome a primary match up with Schwarzenegger, who is not exactly popular among California Republicans these days due to the tax issue among others.

You can support Chuck DeVore for Senate financially here. He told me Barbara Boxer can be expected to have 15 to 20 million dollars spent to get her re-elected and said he needs an absolute minimum of 10 million to be competitive, so he can use all the help he can get. You can also support DeVore on Facebook and by signing up at his campaign website.


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Comments (6)

I'd miss her well-groomed l... (Below threshold)

I'd miss her well-groomed look.

He doesn't have a prayer.</... (Below threshold)

He doesn't have a prayer.

Very interesting Lorie. </p... (Below threshold)

Very interesting Lorie.

Taking down Boxer will be quite the challenge, but he sounds like exactly the kind of candidate Republicans need to be entering into House and Senate races, and that's a start.

I went to Barbara Boxer and... (Below threshold)

I went to Barbara Boxer and to Diane Feinstein's office last year about a really important Dept. of Defense issue and they stonewalled me twice. This is really serious. I

I was married to a Russian translator when he was in the Navy in 1969. He got himself involved with the Soviets during Viet Nam and did a bunch of stuff that breached national security. He was busted to the Navy command in 1970, right after we were married. He lied to me about his participation in this stuff so I never knew.

In 2007, I got an email from one of his old Navy friends, and the guy told me everything.

I threw this guy out in 1976. We had a daughter who was 6 at the time. During our marriage, he went to UC Davis and go involved with more Soviets on campus. Then one day, he comes home and tells me he has a job in Washington DC, all arranged. He also coached me on what to say to investigators. I was really sick of this guy, so I threw him out.

He literally skipped out on me and our daughter. He went to Spokane and got a job at the mall. When he filed for a divorce, I thought he was working at the mall and living alone.

Turns out, he found a replacement "wife" and "kids" to go with him to Washington DC. When he showed up, the NSA thought she was me - they thought his kids were ours. Never did get any child support out of this guy.

After checking for the past year, turns out the guy was pulling down a Federal paycheck and dependent benefits for 30 years - and I never knew a thing about it. There's more but I'll spare you the gorey details. When the DOD and the FBI found out, they interviewed me - and it started a massive cover up. The NSA is trying to spare itself public humilitation - hiring a deadbeat with no security clearance - never checking him out - then keeping him around for 30 years -

I'm supposed to take a hike and forget about the $250,000 he probably owes in back support. He has never appeared before any courts anywhere - he used the NSA to cover his back so he could hide out

He also didn't want me talking to DOD and FBI investigators about this business with the Soviets he got involved in - I finally told them everything - they're looking for all the missing files - he also deleted me from the computer databases where our names appear

The Gov. of Maryland just admitted all the child support files are missing.

I told Barbara Boxer's office this whole story and asked her to be an advocate for me and my daughter, and she told me to take a hike.

I think the Federal government and my Congressional Representatives need to be much more responsible to me and my family. This cost my family hundreds of thousands of dollars in the past 30 years - I had to absorb all the costs that families normally absorb for my daughter for 30 years - he could have contributed something in 30 years

The Rip Off Report is carrying the story on the web under their Deadbeat Dad stories. The press has contacted me and I'm looking at press releases pretty soon. As far as I am concerned, Barbara Boxer and Diane Feinstein are as useless to me and my family as a can of tuna.

Correction: I told Barbara... (Below threshold)

Correction: I told Barbara Boxer and Diane Feinstein last year and again this year, and all I ever got was "go fly a kite". These two women need to pack it up and go home. They don't represent anybody's best interest. If they can't shut down a scandal inside the DOD, they are virtually useless to national security.

The two senators from Calif... (Below threshold)

The two senators from California may have their limits but DeVore is a cartoon. California has some real serious and brilliant Republicans who, if convinced, could run a respectable campaign. Some may not like her personally, but Boxer knows her stuff and is a fierce advocate and a compelling committee member.






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