The Secretary of State of California pretty much has one job. She runs the State's elections. So, you might consider it a problem that the Republican candidate, Damon Dunn, has voted exactly once in his 33 years on the planet. Dunn, who (in a great quote from the article) "says he's wealthy", is a tailor made candidate (young, Republican, African-American) except for this inconvenient not participating in elections business.
In fact, if you are scoring at home, this means that almost every major Republican candidate in California has not been bothered to vote in almost any elections during their lifetimes. What is up here? I mean, I know that voting and making decisions create those annoying records that can be so inconvenient when you are trying to be all things to all people, but come on.
A run down of the electoral excellence of the Republican slate:
Wannabe Secretary of State Damon Dunn: 1 time voting in 15 years he was eligible to vote (and that one was last May!)
Wannabe Senator Carly Fiorina: voted in 6 elections since moving to California in 2000, lived in New Jersey prior to that and never voted.
Wannabe Governor Meg Whitman: (ignorning the kerfluffle over whether she was registered to vote ever or not, because those records are a mess, but it doesn't look good) even when she was definitively registered (like in Santa Clara county in 1999) she didn't vote almost as much as she did vote. And, she didn't vote at all from 2000 to 2002.
It's funny, all 3 of the candidates use similar language in describing their non-voting sprees. "no excuse" and then proceed to provide a litany of excuses. What is it about Republicans that makes them not vote? To me, voting is the most important part of being an American. I have never missed an election, since I took the Freeman's oath in Vermont in the early 90s.
If you are running for any public office, or think you might someday, vote. In fact, even if you aren't, vote. If you can't take the time to vote, why should we think you will take the time to properly represent us?
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