GOP Revives Electoral Grab in CA

The L.A. Times reports today that “veteran GOP consultants said Monday that they were relaunching a drive to change the way California allocates its electoral college votes, aimed at helping the 2008 Republican presidential nominee capture the White House.”

Political strategist David Gilliard said he was taking over the ballot initiative campaign, along with strategist Ed Rollins and fundraiser Anne Dunsmore. Consultant Mike Arno will oversee the signature-gathering effort.

Gilliard, who was instrumental in the recall of Democratic Governor Gray Davis in ’03, said “Our budget is going to be whatever it takes to make the June ballot,” said Gilliard. The¬†electoral grab effort had¬†“stalled last month when its original organizers failed to raise the $2 million needed to place the initiative on the June ballot.”

California Democrats “were gearing up to battle the measure” on Monday.

Republicans seem to be pursuing a strategy where they will lose at the polls and, along the way, define the GOP as the party of electoral fraudster,” said Chris Lehane, a former Clinton White House aide who was organizing the opposition.

California Secretary of State Debra Bowen has set Nov. 13 as the deadline for submitting signatures to place the measure on the June ballot. Backers must gather 434,000 valid signatures of registered voters. Because many signatures are typically deemed invalid, circulators will probably seek at least 650,000. The initial campaign had gathered about 100,000 signatures.

I remember during the circulation of petitions to recall Gray Davis there were rumors that petition gatherers were claiming that the petitions were to get more money for firefighters and schools in California. I wouldn’t be at all surprised in the wake of the SoCal wildfires, if they pulled something like this again.

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2 Responses to GOP Revives Electoral Grab in CA

  1. john stone says:

    Democrats beware. Crazy things like this have a way of happening. Republicans stole two Presidential elections in 2000 and 2004 and this might be the only way to pull it off in 2008. Republicans are pros at deciet,Californians might not even know what they are signing a petition for.

  2. Darrell Prows says:

    Having that on the ballot could just as easily backfire on the right. Messing with the established order solely for the purpose of gaining political advantage is going to be easy to communicate, and is something that tons of people are just not going to appreciate.