I just recieved an email from Brandon Powers
- Chairman of Cal-YAF about next year's Attorney General race.
Next year's Primaries are still a long ways away, but there’s something that came to my attention today that I thought warranted sending you this note.
Pierre Richard Prosper is putting out feelers about running against Chuck Poochigian for Attorney General in next year’s Republican Primary. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2005/10/05/BAGNDF2OOL1.DTL
I’ve spent some time looking into this, and am urging you to put the word out that this is not a welcomed candidacy. If Mr. Prosper wishes to involve himself in California politics, he’s more than welcomed to do so, but the AG race isn’t the place to start. We’ve already got a great candidate, and we need all the resources we can muster to keep Jerry Brown out of office.
A little background on Pierre:
- While he is now touting his status as a “Bush Administration official”, he previously served as a Special Assistant to the Assistant Attorney General in 1999… That’s right – he served in Janet Reno’s DOJ!... I guess that explains why the SF Chronicle would call him "presumably moderate".
- He hasn’t lived in California for about a decade, and just a few months ago reactivated his license to practice law in California – after having deactivated it for three and a half years.
- Dora Kingsley, Gerry Parsky’s consigliere, will be managing Pierre’s campaign… Again, yes that Dora Kingsley who is running the No on Prop 77 campaign to try and fool Republicans into voting for a measure that could give our Party a fighting chance in this state again.
That this New York, Rockafeller-clone can waltz in here and think the rank and file will welcome him with open arms is a slap in the face to all of us, Senator Poochigian included, who have toiled in the political fields of California, while he was off serving in Janet Reno's Justice Department.
Senator Poochigian has raised two million bucks in anticipation of a trough, expensive race. He has the venerable Ken Khachigian running his campaign, is Vice-Chair of Senate Public Safety, and is pushing for increased penalties for identity thieves… In other words, he is our best and only chance of defeating Jerry Brown and his Rose Bird-appointing liberal comrades who wish to serve as California’s top-cops.
All Mr. Prosper stands to do is dilute Senator Poochigian’s resources, drag him through a completely unnecessary Primary, and hurt our chances – and the movement’s chances – of electing one of our own to one of the most important jobs in the state.
There are plenty of things Pierre could do to help our Party and our cause in California – running against one of our champions for a race we have a real shot at winning isn’t one of them.
Please, urge Pierre Richard Prosper to pop these trial balloons that have been floated for him and instead of hurting Senator Poochigian’s chances at being elected AG, offer his assistance in helping the Senator and his campaign.
Senator Poochigian has always been there for us and our cause, I think it’s time we try to return the favor.