Tuesday, September 12, 2006


This evening U.S. Senator Lincoln Chafee (R-RI) soundly defeated Stephen Laffey, his primary election opponent.

As the precinct reports began posting, Senator Chafee's lead was always solid, never dropping below 53%, and finally settling at more than 54% of the vote.

Senator Chafee's victory once again signals that most Americans (especially those in the mainstream) prefer Senators and Representatives in D.C. who get the job done—and don't just toe the party line.

I had the honor of spending an afternoon with Senator Chafee recently, and I can attest without reservation that he, too, is an example of someone who strongly supports fairness, security and opportunity in America.

Congratulations, Senator Chafee! America needs you in Washington for six more years...

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Shedding Some light...

I’d like to thank the writer (Brian) for his comments about Prop 90.  I respect his point of view, though I do not share it, and I stand by my previous statements: I oppose the Kelo decision, and I support private property rights.  This is one of many obvious and primary distinctions between me and my opponent, Brad Sherman.

Mr. Sherman’s record on many other issues that affect all of us is dismal at best.  He has failed to appropriately represent California's 27th Congressional District in the areas of national security, federal taxes, removal of regulations on small business, and bringing back the fair share of federal dollars—especially since he was gerrymandered into the north San Fernando Valley in late 2001.

I sincerely appreciate Brian’s comments because this kind of debate is precisely what the voters deserve if they are to make an informed decision at the polls in November.  Regrettably, this blog is thus far the closest we have been able to come to a real debate, as Mr. Sherman still has not committed to any of the debates my campaign has proposed.

HRCAs for my party affiliation, please see my earlier post (It’s the People, Not the Party).  And while I appreciate that Brian illuminated the good work of the leaders and other members of the Human Rights Campaign [HRC], a group dedicated to realizing a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all, let’s not give Mr. Sherman too much credit: he will never outrank me in any HRC surveyever...