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  •  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?)

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