#CA26 – Jeff Gorell vs Julia Brownley still to close to call: Some results will come out today

The race between Republican Jeff Gorell and Dem Julia Brownley is still only 530 votes apart with over 50,000 absentee and provisional ballots outstanding as of Wednesday morning.

Some results are due in today at 12 noon, according to Mark Lunn’s office.

Gorell, not as well funded as the Democrat machine on the left, put this out:

220px-California_State_Assembly_Member_Jeff_GorellAfter months of hard work by so many people, dozens of events and thousands of votes cast, we still don’t have a decision in the race for the 26th Congressional District.

Just 530 votes separates me and my opponent – with more than 50,000 ballots still to be counted. As we start this next phase of the campaign, which may last weeks, I’m asking for your help again.

As county officials count the ballots, we will need to keep the campaign running – we have staff on site and are retaining legal counsel. We must ensure we have the infrastructure necessary to ensure every ballot is counted fairly.

Federal election law allows for a Recount Committee that is different from our regular campaign account. Today, I’m asking you to make a donation to this fund, to ensure that we do all we can to ensure every vote for me is counted. The maximum allowed by law is $2,600 per person or $5,200 per couple.

This race isn’t over! We need your help to keep Team Gorell moving as 50,000 outstanding votes are counted. I’m confident, when the last ballot is reported, the 26th District will have honored me with their trust and I’ll proudly prepare to be your representative in Washington.

I have attached the contribution information. Alternatively, you can give online at www.jeffgorell.org.

If you have any questions for me, please don’t hesitate to call (805) 334-0230.

Thanks to all of your hard work and commitment, we will prevail!


Jeff Gorell

UPDATE: with now 40,000 ballots left to count, Brownley edged ahead by a total of 1,347 votes, according to the county Recorder’s office. The California Sec. of State’s office has no change logged yet.

CaptureAccording to the VC Star, however, it’s Brownley 68,796 to Gorell’s 67,773.

Next results are due Wednesday the 12th.

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Tuesday is election day – last chance to compare: Jeff Gorell vs Julia Brownley in #CA26

It’s almost “GO” time for the November elections, and hopefully people are starting to pay attention and are looking to vet candidates to see who they’ll vote for.

In California Congressional District 26, the candidates are incumbent Democrat and Obama favorite Julia Brownley, and Republican nominee and US Navy reserve Commander Jeff Gorell.

Brownley would agree to only one public debate, during Sunday Night Football, no less, so in case you missed it, the Ventura County Star put the entire thing on YouTube (complete with crappy audio for more than half of it) here.

There were several points of interest, like this one where Brownley calls him a “lobbyist”, and Gorell responds:

Gorell fired back:

He said the majority of the funding for Brownley’s campaign has come from special-interest groups from outside the district.

“Why would the incumbent call me a lobbyist?” he said. “Perhaps because she’s trying to distract voters from the fact that I served in a combat zone, that I served in a courtroom, that I served in a classroom and that I’ve served in the California state Capitol. . . . This is a distraction and this is part of a very disappointing and very partisan campaign.”

The debate moderator, VC Star’s Timm Herdt asks Brownley about closing GITMO, and she waffles for over a minute, giving no answer:

Gorell’s bio is here, but in a nutshell he’s a Commander in the Navy Reserve with two Afghanistan recall deployments, the first in 2001. He was a Deputy District Attorney in Ventura County from ’99 to ’06, prior to that worked for Governor Pete Wilson, and more recently a teacher at Cal Lutheran University as well as being the California Assemblyman representing the 44th Assembly District which covers Camarillo, Moorpark, Newbury Park, Oak Park, Port Hueneme, and Thousand Oaks as well as most of Oxnard.

220px-Julia_Brownley_2011Julia Brownley on the other hand moved here more recently, apparently just to run for the office she now holds, Congresswoman representing the 26th Congressional District. She was an Assemblywoman who was forbidden by term limits from running again, representing the 41st District, where she authored a ban on plastic shopping bags.

So in short, if you want the type of person who likes to ban grocery bags, raise taxes and our electric bills, and will happily move somewhere else when she sniffs a way to move up the political ladder, Brownley is for you, I guess.

If you want someone representing you who’s actually lived here a while, worked here, been a neighbor, and isn’t afraid to put his life on the line when required, the maybe Gorell is more your speed.



Crossposted from A Tow Dog

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Jeff Gorell, #CA26 for Congress – First Ad

He knows Ventura County –

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Do the Ventura County Democrats represent your views? Really? Let’s find out…

If the local Democrat party leadership is any example…I hope not

Earlier I told you about the Ventura County Democratic Party Executive Director Patrick Donahoe and his predilection for stalking candidates and their supporters.

Okay, fine, dismiss it as party politics. Just the stuff they do to each other in an election year.

What about the day-to-day stuff? The basic things that make up their belief system? Does it jibe with yours?

On Twitter, the County Democrat Chairman, David Atkins, retweeted a tweet featuring an article he wrote about how the “rich” are bad people for saving their money in this troubled economy, and then jumped into thread with both feet (you can follow the convo down from this tweet). It’s interesting to watch the little group decide how they should first take, and then spend your money. Also note they never quite settle on the apparently arbitrary amount of money you need to make to be considered “rich”, but they do seem to agree taking 75% of your earnings is more than fair. Wonder if they include Al Gore, George Soros, and Bill Clinton in their definition of “rich”? Or their friends in Hollywood?

Atkins self-identifies as a “Market Socialist”, where doubtlessly in his model the government would own your wealth and businesses. That or a magical “co-op” would somehow seamlessly run your business and share your wealth and you’d (maybe) have access to what they believe you need based on the ‘tried and true’ Communist precept “From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.”

Chairman Atkins was labeled a “Pariah” by some in his own party because of his elitist snobbery:

At first, Atkins seems to understand the task at hand for Democrats:-

Changing the system will come from voting people like Elizabeth Warren into office all across the country, proving that they can win using this sort of rhetoric, and then holding them accountable to their campaign promises.

Absolutely. I’ve always said that if you want a more liberal/progressive Presidential Administraton, the first order of the day is electing more progressive legislators.

But then, David O Atkins qualifies his message in a way that’s totally and unmitigatingly anti everything the Democratic party ever represented. (Again, the emphasis is mine, albeit the italics are the author’s).:-

And here’s the little secret the Democratic consultant class either doesn’t understand or willfully refuses to understand: this sort of rhetoric won’t just win in Massachusetts. It will win in Omaha, too. It will win the day from Annapolis to Anchorage, from Kalamazoo to Kailua-Kona.

Will there be places this message won’t win, and voters whose heartstrings it won’t touch? Yes, of course. Most of those places will be heavily rural or bastions of the Bible Belt and the Deep South.But those places were unwinnable and those people unreachable anyway without destroying everything the Democratic Party is supposed to stand for.

The amount of contortion necessary for Democrats to win in places Warren’s message won’t work means those places aren’t worth winning in the first place.

The Democratic Party would be far, far better off maximizing voter turnout in places where this message does work, than in weakening its message so much that its support becomes a mile wide but an inch deep.

Wow, good to know that I come from a place so stultifyingly stupid that my demographic simply isn’t worth the outreach. I take exception to that, but even more, I take exception to the fact that by reaching out to the rural South and its voters, this will destroy everything the Democratic Party represents.

I guess Chairman Atkins represents the Santa Monica Democrat model that incumbent Julia Brownley (D, House Dist. 26) brings us. But do they Ventura County?

Not so much…

There’s more! I really don’t feel like spending all of Father’s Day weekend on this clown, but he’s like a mudslide, the more you dig out, the more flows back into the hole you dig.

He thinks the people of Simi Valley are nothing but KKK members:

atkins2In 2011, his own party had to distance itself from him when he posted on Twitter that people in Simi Valley should “just put your white hoods on already” in response to some opposition to redistricting. He wrote that, “It’s so clear that most of these old white people from East Ventura are terribly afraid of brown people in Oxnard/LA.”

Remember, Atkins was upset that the Facebook likes are “not representative of the values held by most people in Simi Valley.”

But this is!

“…hardcore conservatives want nothing more than to use minorities for target practice.”

Keeping in mind the Democrats want to portray someone who believes in the US Constitution and freedom for people from excessive government as extremist, the word itself has been somewhat dumbed down, but this guy Atkins is supposedly the face of the Democrat party in a mostly conservative area and is the real deal. A leftist, and an extremist at that.

This is their County Chairman? These are the top people in the county party apparatus?

He sure doesn’t represent me nor anyone I know. Hopefully he doesn’t represent you.

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I am glad Bowe Bergdahl is free, but what about USMC Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi?

Exactly two months after former Marine Andrew Tahmooressi was imprisoned in Mexico for a wrong turn, Bowe Bergdahl is released in a prisoner “swap.”

Let’s just briefly compare and contrast the situations of Bowe Bergdahl and Andrew Tahmooressi.

First, let’s give Bergdahl the benefit of the doubt and assume he did simply wander off base in Afghanistan although I can find no evidence of support from those who served with him

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Ventura County Democrat Party stalking local GOP House candidate? And lying about it? Hmmm…

Another day, another Democrat lie…

Saw an interesting tweet from Jeff Gorell for Congress’ campaign manager…

Being bored, I read through the whole thread, which begins with the Ventura County Democrat Party denying they know the guy taking the photographs, and ends with them name calling when the truth comes out the guy is their very own party Executive Director!

Where to begin??

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Julia Brownley (D-CA26) apparently thinks Ventura County is Santa Monica

JuliaBrownleyShe must think we’re just left-wing in Ventura County as she and her Santa Monica pals are, or else why would she spout this:

“The Ryan Budget would end Medicare as we know it, make college less affordable, and kick millions of Americans off of their private health insurance plans [note that Obamacare, which she supports, has been doing that for months], while giving more tax breaks to the top 1 percent[Note, fully in on the war against small business] and increasing incentives for corporations to shift jobs overseas [which her Democrat war on success is doing today]. Budgets are values statements, and the Ryan Budget clearly values giving even more to the Koch brothers[Again with Harry Reid’s attacks against the “Evil Koch Brothers“?] and their friends, while making life more difficult for middle-class families, seniors, students, veterans, and women. That doesn’t represent the values of the American people or the values of my constituents in Ventura County.”

So the lady from Santa Monica she speaks for Ventura County and our values? Great.

The Ryan budget barely cuts $5 trillion over ten years, her Democrat bosses in 6 years have driven up the debt over $6 trillion!

Less than two months into President Obama’s second term, new numbers show the national debt increased by more than $6 trillion since he took office.

It’s the largest increase to date under any U.S. president. During the eight-year presidency of George W. Bush, the debt soared by $4.9 trillion.

Without fanfare, the Bureau of Public Debt at the Treasury Department quietly posted its daily debt report showing the total public debt of the U.S. government topped $16.687 trillion. (To be exact: $16,687,289,180,215.37)

On January 20, 2009, the day Mr. Obama took office, the debt stood at $10.626 trillion. The latest posting reflects an increase of over $6 trillion.

Who does this woman think she’s kidding? Hopefully not us. Again.

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Jeff Gorell (Candidate CA-26) and Tony Strickland (Candidate CA-25) formally endorsed by Ventura County GOP

The Ventura County Republican Party at their monthly Central Committee meeting officially voted and approved their endorsement list (which at this time hasn’t been released officially).


Former California Governor Pete Wilson [L], with Jeff Gorell and Tony Strickland

The two I know for sure about are Tony Strickland (Cand. CA-25) and Jeff Gorell (Cand. CA-26), both of which were endorsed formally by the local GOP as their candidates.

Strickland was given unanimous approval over Troy Castagna and California State Senator Steve Knight in a meeting that went from 7 PM to after 9 PM amid some technical issues surrounding Gorell’s absence at the meeting – he was required in Sacramento for budgetary matters in his capacity as Assemblyman and sent Terry Howard to speak in his stead. This was approved prior to the meeting, but some in attendance insisted the application be made on paper with a signature rather than by email as has normally been the case.

Eventually the meeting adjourned, and members were tired so I didn’t bug them for details or a complete list of endorsements, since everyone has day jobs it may take a day or two.

Gorell was endorsed as well, over the other prospect Rafael Dagnesses. Dagnesses (who did attend the meeting, and the speech he gave is embedded below) came out today firing two Facebook posts (here and here), both essentially accusing “the establishment” of putting “…an intense amount of pressure…” on him to back off. I’m assuming there are emails he’s not making public, as there is nothing public I’ve been able to find, and everyone appeared too tired last night to do much of anything but go home.

Here’s Rafael Dagnesses (candidates limited to 3 minutes, Dagnesses was allowed over four)

Following Rafael Dagnesses was Terry Howard (listed on his business card as “Ambassador” for the Gorell campaign). Video was cut short due to my forgetting to delete my music from my phone before starting recording – I ran out of room.

Crossposted to RedState and Unified Patriots

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Congressional race for 26th taking shape for primary election – Ventura County GOP close to an endorsement in CA-26

Four candidates are set to challenge Democrat Julia Brownley for the 26th Congressional District, three Republicans and one Independent:

The Republican candidates include Assembly member Jeff Gorell (R-Camarillo); Rafael Dagnesses, a retired LAPD officer; and Tim Kalemkarian, a Moorpark resident.

Douglas Kmiec, a Pepperdine law professor and former U.S. ambassador to Malta, filed as an independent.

Kalemkarian is called a perpetual candidate by political pundits because he’s run several times since the mid-1990s to be a California senator and a U.S. president.

The local Ventura County GOP Chapter is set to vote to endorse a candidate on March 26 in Camarillo at its monthly meeting:

Each Republican candidate is invited to give a presentation to more than 30 members of the party. The endorsed candidate must have a two-thirds majority vote by its members.

Gorell’s campaign manager Adam Lotspike said Gorell likely won’t attend the meeting because the Legislature is in session that day.

He said Gorell may submit a letter for the endorsement, depending on the party’s rules.

Dagnesses said he will be at the meeting, seeking an endorsement that will provide name recognition and financial support from the party. It will be hard to win over the local party because he is a “nonestablishment candidate,” he said.

“We’re still going to present our case and have them understand that voters are asking for major changes in government from both parties,” Dagnesses said.

Although the local GOP chapter will endorse a candidate, the state Republican Party maintains a policy not to endorse candidates before the primaries.

Read more -via Moorpark Acorn.

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GOP has a REAL chance to pick up a House seat in California – Jeff Gorell vs Julia Brownley (CA-26)

Of all places…

2010 was a banner year for the GOP, as the grassroots grew in their direction and got them control of the House (they’ll never admit that the tea party delivered it for them…whatever). The “Conservative Tidal Wave” rolled across the country – and smacked into the Colorado River, bouncing off California.

Yeah, we know disappointment here.

For the 2012 races, it got worse. 13-term Republican Elton Gallegly retired which gave California Assemblywoman Julia Brownley a way into the newly redrawn 26th District.

In her time in the House, she’s managed to earn a Club for Growth score even lower than that of Nancy Pelosi, an “F” from the NRA, and a 100% from Planned Parenthood. In short, a California leftist.

Gorell-KabulVentura County, California has always been a more conservative area of So Cal, so it was a relief when Navy Reserve Commander Jeff Gorell, California Assemblyman from California’s 44th State Assembly district, decided to throw his hat into the ring.

Jeff Gorell’s bio can be found here and here, but the quick version is: he’s deployed to Afghanistan twice (in 2001 and again in 2011 – the second time as a sitting Assemblyman), he was a prosecutor with the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office, and he teaches public policy at California Lutheran University.

The NRCC polls released in the beginning of February showed Brownley as weak:

Brownley only registers 32 percent on whether she deserves reelection. While the president received 54 percent of the vote in 2012, his disapproval is now up at 52 percent. In fact, one of Brownley’s potential opponents, Republican Jeff Gorell, is already beating her in a head-to-head match-up: 44 to 42.

Julia Brownley, CA-26 (PVI, D+4)

Generic Ballot

GOP: 45%

Democrat: 42%

Jeff Gorell/Julia Brownley Head to Head

Gorell: 44%

Brownley: 42% 

Brownley Job Approval

Approve: 32%

Disapparove: 32%

Brownley Reelect

Deserves reelection: 32%

Someone else: 42%

Check and Balance

Republican check: 48%

Democrat ally: 42%

Obama Job Approval

Approve: 38%

Disapprove: 52%

Harper Polling; January 28-29, 2014; N=586; MOE +/- 4.05%         

Polls of course can end up anywhere in months or even weeks, and the June 3 Primary will come up fast in a state where few citizens pay attention to anything but reality shows and 6PM soundbites, but Assemblyman Gorell has what looks like an outstanding change to toss the incumbent Democrat Brownley and return Ventura County to pink from sky blue (doubtful we’ll see red in my lifetime, but anything can happen).

There are other challengers on the GOP side that I’ve seen, but none have any traction to date.

jgorellsacSo we have one truly viable candidate, Jeff Gorell, who fought not only crime but also in the war on terror. The incumbent fights in the war on jobs against people who need them, and votes consistently left: voted “No” on the Stop Targeting of Political Beliefs by the IRS Act of 2014 (likes citizens with the IRS boot on their necks, I guess), Voted “No” on H.R. 3964, the Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley Emergency Water Delivery Act (which passed despite her), you can go through the list, she’s leftist.

Gorell’s Assembly voting record shows him to be right of center, but not maybe as far-right as many would like. Even the “Ecovote” people give him a 38% rating, which from scanning thru their concerns seems he gives it a more common sense approach than they’d like.

Find out more here.

Crossposted from A Tow Dog

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