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  •  Baca really is running again? (5+ / 0-)
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    Really bizarre move. I guess he figures that his loss was a Bloombergian fluke, and that Next Time He'll Be Ready. Of course, Bloomberg ain't going anywhere, and the gun stuff was just the straw that broke the camel's back after years of toxic dealings with his constituents and other legislators. It's hard to imagine a greater humiliation for a long-sitting officeholder, to be replaced by essentially a nobody, but Baca apparently doesn't get it. The fact that Bloomberg's ads made such a difference indicates just how out of step he was with the district.

    It seems foolish that he'd also try to take on McLeod after losing to her. Now she'll have the advantage of incumbency. Again, he's going to forgo the easier lift of CA-31 to settle some grudge. Won't look good. I think the voters of his district have turned against him for good, and will no doubt see this attempt as a waste of everyone's time. I live in hope anyway.

    •  Yes, he announced he'd be seeking a rematch (2+ / 0-)
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      atdnext, MichaelNY

      Baca and McLeod really hate each other.

      25, Practical Progressive Democrat (-9.38, -8.51), DKE Gay Caucus Majority Leader, IN-02; Swingnut. Defeat Wacky Jackie for 2014!

      by HoosierD42 on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 02:17:12 PM PST

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      •  And a whole lot of CADems hate Baca. (2+ / 0-)
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        If he actually runs there again, there will be a concerted effort to defeat him once & for all. He's alienated many in the party for years. Before last year's Bloomberg fueled upset for McLeod, there was the row over Baca's apparent sexism that compelled Loretta & Linda Sanchez to leave the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (which Baca chaired at the time) in 2007.

        And of course, his overall Blue Dog ways have created many enemies for him in the base of the party.

      •  Such a mistake (4+ / 0-)
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        atdnext, tommypaine, MichaelNY, skibum59

        As revenge usually is, of course. Baca could dominate the primary field in CA-31 and win a seat back. Hell, he could run for statewide office and probably win--Secretary of State is going to be open since Debra Bowen's term-limited. Everybody wins either way. Instead, he's very likely to lose his comeback attempt. What a stupid man. He deserves what he's very likely to get.

        •  Alex Padilla (6+ / 0-)
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          atdnext, jncca, JBraden, MichaelNY, gabjoh, DCal

          is going to be the next SOS. Glad Baca is staying out of CA-31 because we don't need him to win it and hopefully after this defeat his political career is over.

          •  Not so sure about that (2+ / 0-)
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            MichaelNY, gabjoh

            his vote against single-payer last year pissed off a lot of progressives.

            22, D, pragmatic progressive (-4.50, -5.18), CA-12.

            by kurykh on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 03:07:05 PM PST

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            •  Good point (1+ / 0-)
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              MichaelNY

              but my prediction would be that Padilla's LA base and his latino name should be able to beat Yee unless progressives make defeating Padilla a priority AND no other candidates get into the race. Yee isn't exactly a progressive alternative which is why I am less confident that progressives will decide to back him en masse.

              We definitely need some latinos elected statewide (which I know is why a lot of insiders are pushing Padilla), but yeah that vote is a big reason why I'm not a fan of his.

              •  The unions sure seem to not like him (3+ / 0-)
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                Jacques Kallis, MichaelNY, gabjoh

                especially the teachers unions because he wrote a bill making it easier to fire teachers for misconduct. Since the California Teachers Association is probably the most powerful union in the state, he's going to get baptized by organized labor hellfire if he runs for SoS.

                The problem for Leland Yee is that no one except for people in San Francisco knows who the hell he is. Okay, video gamers too, because he tried to ban violent video games.

                22, D, pragmatic progressive (-4.50, -5.18), CA-12.

                by kurykh on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 04:35:56 PM PST

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        •  Not even so sure about that. (1+ / 0-)
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          MichaelNY

          See above. There are just too many rising stars in the party who would refuse to make life easy for Baca should he try running for any statewide office.

          At this point, his one viable path forward is likely in CA-31. And even there, some Dems probably prefer to run someone else. (Pete Aguilar again, maybe?)

    •  He doesn't care about winning (3+ / 0-)
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      atdnext, JBraden, MichaelNY

      He only cares about beating Negrete McLeod. Its personal between the two of them. She lambasted him pretty hard in their race by basically calling him lazy and ineffective. She pointed out he has sponsored a number of bills to give Congressional Gold Medals to various golfers and said it was the only notable thing he ever did in Washington, which was pretty pathetic considering he'd been in Congress for over a decade.

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