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Finally got around to filling out my absentee ballot, and couldn't stomach the thought of casting my primary vote for Feinstein.  Surely there must be a better alternative than a 79-year-old Conservadem whose signature issues are the Drug War (she's FOR it!) and banning assault rifles (which is costing us votes everywhere but CA and NY).  So I started researching the alternatives and -- lo and behold -- there IS a better alternative.  And not just a protest vote, either!  This guy could actually win!

In California's new open primary, the top two vote-getters, regardless of party, will be on the ballot in November.  Everyone agrees that Dianne Feinstein (D-CA, incumbent) will be one of those.  The race for number two is wide-open, however.  The Republican vote is split among 15 candidates, plus a Libertarian and an American Independent, with nobody scoring more than 2%.  

Besides Feinstein, there are five other Democrats running, and if one of them gets the second-largest number of votes in this highly fragmented field, the November election will be between Feinstein and the other Democrat, with no Republican in sight.  

So who are these other Democrats?  Seneca Doane gave a good rundown in this diary; and I went and looked at all of their sites myself.  All seem like good people, but only David Levitt looked like a credible alternative to DiFi as a U.S. Senator.  And he looks very credible indeed!.    

David Levitt's bio is given here, and you should read it.  He is an engineer who made it through Yale on work-study and scholarships, then got Masters and Doctoral degrees from MIT, and has been successful in Silicon Valley.  So he's clearly whip-smart, and understands science and technology.  That leads me to think that he'd likely be a leader on Climate Change (though I was disappointed to see that its not listed among his positions on the issues).  He's the child of an interracial marriage, grew up in a union household, and he's been active in ACORN, the ACLU and SPLC.  

Here's the lead paragraph from Levitt's web page on the issues:

Polls show Americans already want Medicare for All, support marriage equality, and want out of the Afghanistan war and the Drug war.  We want criminals to be charged, brought to trial and, if they're found guilty, fined and jailed - even if they're wealthy bankers.  We want the accused to have a fair trial with charges and evidence - even if they're Muslims.  It's not that controversial - it's basic.
Not only is he right on the issues, but he -- or someone on his campaign staff -- can present them clearly and persuasively.  It won't take that many votes to get him on the ballot, and if we do, DiFi won't know what hit her in the general election.  Imagine not having to vote for the lesser of two evils!  Imagine having a smart, technically-savvy Progressive in the Senate!
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  •  Tip Jar (8+ / 0-)

    "My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right" -- Sen. (and Major General) Carl Schurz, 1872

    by Diesel Kitty on Sun Jun 03, 2012 at 09:59:17 PM PDT

  •  I'll be telling the DH about him tomorrow! (2+ / 0-)
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    Cali Scribe, blueoasis

    if a habitat is flooded, the improvement for target fishes increases by an infinite percentage...because a habitat suitability index that is even a tiny fraction of 1 is still infinitely higher than zero, which is the suitability of dry land to fishes.

    by mrsgoo on Sun Jun 03, 2012 at 10:24:43 PM PDT

  •  Thanks for the link to (2+ / 0-)
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    phonegery, wilderness voice

    Seneca Doane's diary -- I'd been planning to look for it; my spouse and I are getting together to discuss the election with his mom, then we'll drop off her absentee ballot for her (she's a permanent absentee due to her health and disabilities). I'm going to print it out to take along; I mentioned Levitt to her, but Seneca did a great job of explaining the top 2 system to her.

    While the idea of having Orly Taitz for the Republicans is tempting just for the entertainment value, it would be awesome to have two Democrats on the November ballot, with one a real progressive.

    Mitt Romney: the Etch-A-Sketch candidate in the era of YouTube

    by Cali Scribe on Sun Jun 03, 2012 at 11:24:24 PM PDT

  •  If I lived in CA... (0+ / 0-)

    ...I'd have heard about Dr. Levitt's senate run before tonight, and could have voted for him. Knew him while he was at MIT. He's a wonderful guy, progressive, imaginative, and honest as anything. He'd be amazing in the Senate.

    Apocalypse? I'd prefer Wax Lips.

    by dryfoo on Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 08:17:25 PM PDT

  •  Just saw this! (0+ / 0-)

    And of course, I'm very delighted to read it, much as I am to see so many tens of thousands of voters supporting our campaign.

    While clearly Ms Emken will be the other Top Two, I'm grateful you discovered our campaign, dug into the material, and wrote about it here.  We amplify each others' voices.

    As with the amazing testimonials from, it's wonderful to see folks resonating with the material.  

    It's a long time till November and we're not done challenging the Feinstein regime.

    Bring the Troops Home. End Prohibition. Medicare For All. Rebuild the Dream. Let's make it happen.

    by David Levitt for US Senate on Wed Jun 06, 2012 at 02:00:05 AM PDT

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