My default vote is Republican, although I am usually more conservative than the typical Republican, particularly the typical California Republican. I find myself “holding my nose and pulling the lever” pretty frequently, and this election is no exception.
Note: My votes for the ballot initiatives can be found here.
US Senator – Carly Fiorina (R)
Barbara Boxer is an embarrassment, and needs to be sent home. As a tech guy, I didn’t like Ms. Fiorina when she ran H-P, but looking backward she saved the company.
I find myself getting angry at the Boxer ads about Fiorina having sent jobs to China when much of the drive to outsource results from Democratic policies that are hostile to corporations and employers.
US Representative – Mattie Fein (CA-36) and Star Parker (CA-37)
I live in CA-36 and am currently represented by Democrat Jane Harman. I hope to be represented by Republican Mattie Fein. Frankly, I don’t know much about Ms. Fein, but she isn’t Jane Harman.
I wish I fell into CA-37, because Star Parker is a candidate I am excited about. She is an exceptionally rare individual; a black woman who is more conservative than I am!
California Governor- Meg Whitman (R)
Meg Whitman is not Jerry Brown, which is enough by itself. Some say she will just be another Arnold. That would be a shame, but even the Arnold we got was an improvement over Grey Davis, and Meg Whitman is certain to be better than Jerry Brown.
As an aside, the Libertarian candidate is Dale Ogden, a fellow San Pedran, an acquaintance of mine, and a fellow member and former Exalted Ruler of the Elks lodge in San Pedro. My heart wants to vote for Dale, but my head says Jerry Brown needs to be retired from elected office.