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Thursday, April 13, 2006

Republican Unity...

Is there such a thing in CA-50? Were Republicans ever really united for something or against something? Or was it just easy to sleepwalk to the polls?

Duke Cunningham rode this district for 14 years. The last year was hell in a handbasket at his own doing. Republicans in our district have a strong party allegiance, which is admirable. But what good is party loyalty when it flies in the face of your values?

Dishonesty. Bribery. Lies. Poltics over People. Corporate Interest before Public Interest.

If this is what the Republican party stands for you've got to change it.

Taking money from lobbyists, bribes, and corporate interests doesn't help America. It won't help Americans in the least, when it comes to the morgage payment, paying for college, or healthcare.

When the political dirt flies back and forth you find there was not Republican Party Unity in CA-50.

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Even before Brian Bilbray appeared to clinch a narrow victory Tuesday over 13 other Republican rivals ...supporters called on the field to "unite" behind Bilbray's candidacy. But a day later, it appeared that unity could be slow in coming.
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No unity.

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Eric Roach, Bilbray's nearest Republican rival, said Wednesday through campaign managers that he might ask for a recount of votes cast in the sprawling 50th District ---- a move that would delay Republican solidarity in the weeks of campaigning left before June 6.
"Right now, our focus is to wait for the 10,000 or so provisional and absentee ballots left to be counted, and determine if a recount is necessary," Roach spokesman Stan Devereux said.

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No unity.

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On Wednesday morning, with nearly 100 percent of the votes counted, Bilbray had apparently eked out a narrow victory over Roach, with 15.15 percent of the vote, to Roach's 14.46 percent.
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She said Wednesday that she welcomes the upcoming fight against Bilbray, a Washington lobbyist.Bilbray said the fight against Busby would be easier if Republicans stick together.
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More on the recount process itself...

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However, a hand recount of more than 130,000 votes ---- which would have to be counted precinct by precinct from the 445 precincts ---- could take a long time, Haas said. Haas said that anyone could ask the county to conduct a recount of any election, and the county would do it. But, Haas said, the person or group requesting the recount would have to pay for the work. He said that could amount to "thousands of dollars a day," depending upon how many county election workers were hired to handle the recount, and how long it took.
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No Unity... From Roach.

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A review of the tally suggests that, if the current numbers from Tuesday's election hold up, and if Bilbray needs a united Republican front, losing Roach's support could undo his candidacy.Add Roach's votes and those of the other 13 Republican candidates to Bilbray's, and the GOP percentage of the vote would come to 56.08 percent ---- enough to comfortably defeat Busby's 43.92 percent.Subtract Roach's 14.46 percent, and Bilbray's support would drop to 41.62 percent, a slice that would lose to Busby's current percentage.
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No Unity... from Kaloogian

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Former Assemblyman Howard Kaloogian, who finished a distant fourth with 7.4 percent of Tuesday's vote, declined to return repeated calls Wednesday to determine if he would throw his support to Bilbray.
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No Unity... from anyone...

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And Republican leaders and supporters tried unsuccessfully several times at Tuesday night's celebration to get all 14 candidates to join each another on stage.
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