Orly Taitz is running for the US Senate from California, with Democrat Dianne Feinstein the hands-down favorite to win. Some speculate that Orly Taitz, the only other candidate with name recognition, could be the contender in the general election. With that, I didn’t really pay much attention to the others running in the race.
Lo and behold, one of those candidates with no name recognition is actually a name I recognize, 2008 Libertarian presidential candidate Gail Lightfoot (pictured right), who was one of the early Obama eligibility litigants, suing California Secretary of State Debra Bowen over Obama’s appearance in the ballot in California. Who was the plaintiff’s attorney of record in Lightfoot v. Bowen?1 None other than Orly Taitz. Taitz is running against her former client.
The Obama Conspiracy Theories blog hereby endorses Gail Lightfoot for second place in the 2012 Senate race in California. I actually agree with some of her positions.
1Lightfoot v. Bowen was appealed to the US Supreme Court, who declined to hear the case.
I feel inspired to make the following bold prediction: Taitz is going to get her butt kicked in the primary. She may be ahead in the polls now, but that would have something to do with the fact that her opponents haven’t really started running yet. Emken and Hughes are way ahead in fundraising.
Orly is not ahead in any polls — no one is bothering to poll because Feinstein pretty much crushes all opposition, but GOP voters will go largely for Elizabeth Emken. See: http://blogs.sacbee.com/capitolalertlatest/2012/03/elizabeth-emken-gets-california-republican-party-endorsement.html
(Don’t worry — the GOP will figure out how to let registered voters know who to vote for. They do have a web site)
Agreed – the Cook Political Report, for example, lists California as solid for Feinstein, regardless of who wins the Republican nomination. Real Clear Politics shows no polling in California for the past few months. There may be some internal polling, though.
It sure would be entertaining if Orly won the nomination, but it’s not going to happen.
Just noting that California has non-partisan primaries. There is no Republican nominee per se. The top two vote getters from all among parties compete in the general election.
There’s one other candidate of some notoriety of sorts on the ballot, Republican Nachum Shifren, known as the “Surfing Rabbi”. He is a Lubavicher Chassidic rabbi and, yes, a surfer. He’s also a fanatical right-winger and a Muslim-hater.
This will certainly not be the first time that Orly’s efforts are at odds with the wishes of one of her clients, former or otherwise.
Yes, and that is a very bizarre way of doing things. Theoretically voters in California could be faced with a general election in which both candidates are members of the same party.
Actually there is a printed list of endorsed party candidates in the sample ballot. It is right after the last page of the ballot part of the sample ballot. The Republican party endorsed Elizabeth Emken.
Of course, a substantial number of voters don’t bother to even read the sample ballot.
We are going to see if and how the open ballot works. My guess is not too well as it won’t be all that long before each major party will have one actual nominee on the ballot.
I stated earlier that Taitz is ahead in current polls. I meant, of course, ahead of the GOP pack; obviously, Feinstein is going to win this election.
But I should have said past polls. Back in March, OC Register had a poll that actually showed Taitz leading. But the most recent poll does show Taitz trailing Emken and Hughes.
Filling in Taitz’s circle on my ballot was the most fun I’ve ever had as a voter.
This is some kind of funny. Apparently Orly thinks that Sef Green who she believes is from Feinstein campaign with an AOL (seriously someone still uses AOL) email has just sent ground rules for a potential debate. That is a good prank.
And Admiral Ackbar weighs in in the comments:
“It’s a trap- they already know how they will discredit you.”
I just received an e-mail with the official California endorsements. (I had contributed to a Republican candidate a few years ago and probably used our firm’s condo in the Los Angeles area as my address.) Ms. Emken was endorsed. My suspicion, and this is only a guess, is that Dr. Taitz does not have an e-mail database quite as large as the California Republican Party, Of course, because that is only a guess, coupled with a suspicion, perhaps I’m wrong.
Un-bleedin-believable. Is it April 1st again already? How gullible does anyone need to be to actually think this is a genuine e mail from the campaign. Dozens of comments, all of them buying into it hook line and sinker.Face palm.
There’s a follow up e mail now….it’s even funnier….ends with…..
“Also, please advise whether you will be hiring an attorney to review the final agreement.”
Brilliant! Spoof of the year.
Note that he never claims to be working for the Feinstein campaign… Hilarious…
I read the 131 comment thread, where Dr. Taitz has asked if she should accept the terms of the debate. Interspersed throughout the thread are her pleas for people to contact certain media outlets. Is she a shy narcissist?
Nope, just lazy.
No, she’s a sly narcissist.