This, like the Patrick Murphy/Allen West race, is likely to get ugly because, like West, Lungren has a history of playing very dirty, including hiring a consultant, Monica Harris, who has a serious criminal record that included embezzlement, theft and prison time. And voter registration fraud, in this election, which Lungren defended.
Lungren said he supported the voter drive and understood that there were sufficient safeguards in place to prevent fraud. "The overall registration effort made by the party was very successful. I am unaware of any single registration that was paid for by that program that had any problems," he said last week, adding that it's possible that the voters filling out the forms made mistakes.The Sacramento elections board certainly saw problems with this voter registration drive, finding that "at least one-fourth of the 31,000 registration cards submitted by Harris and her circulators since September have been rejected for inaccuracies." And even worse, it "found numerous examples of people of having their political party affiliation switched to Republican against their wishes."
Lungren is not above cheating. He might not be as bellicose as Allen West, but he's going to be willing to fight just as dirty to keep this seat. He'll certainly take the fight to the courts if he's on the losing side.
What we do know is that this is likely to drag into December, and the Bera campaign has to budget for staff and a probable legal fight. This could get pretty damned expensive for Ami Bera, so we're helping him get ready.