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  A Campaign Dedicated to Losing
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Last EditedJason  Apr 15, 2010 07:12pm
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AuthorTony Quinn
News DateTuesday, April 13, 2010 01:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionIn the annals of California political history, very few campaigns have been worse than that which Steve Poizner has run for governor. But his keystone kops effort also underscores how very close the California Republican Party is to disappearing as a political force in this state.

Consider his latest. In an effort to brand himself the “true conservative” in the race, Poizner has evoked Tom McClintock in a new radio ad and web posting. It encourages California Republicans to support him because McClintock does.

Tom McClintock may be the single biggest loser in California political history. No other major party candidate has lost so regularly every time he has presented himself to the voters in a statewide election. Look at the record: in 1994, a grand GOP landslide year, McClintock was defeated for state controller. In 2002, a good GOP year nationally, McClintock again was defeated for controller. In 2003, he garnered exactly 14 percent running for governor in the Davis recall. And in 2006, he managed a fourth loss, running for lieutenant governor. With this record Poizner thinks voters should let McClintock pick the GOP gubernatorial contender.

The reason to pick Poizner, says McClintock in the ads, is that Poizner won’t be another Arnold Schwarzenegger. In 2003, Schwarzenegger got 49 percent in a field of 135 candidates for governor, McClintock, with 14 percent as noted, ran behind even the hapless Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante. In 2006, Schwarzenegger led the GOP ticket as McClintock was swamped in the lieutenant governor’s race. Gee, maybe, voters liked Schwarzenegger and didn’t like McClintock; could that be possible?
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