Sample Ballot: Bob Huff Not Endorsed by California Republican Party
Posted by Chris Nguyen on May 8, 2012
The Orange County Registrar of Voters reports that the Republican Party issued no endorsement in the 29th State Senate District race.
This is utterly preposterous.
Though some people have stated that Huff is “a bit of a squish,” the fact of the matter is that political parties always endorse their party leaders for re-election. If you don’t like the leader, you dump him from his leadership post long before you try to dump him from his legislative seat.
Regardless, I know Huff was endorsed because I saw with my own eyes that he was endorsed on the Orange County Republican Party’s consent calendar. Furthermore, the California Republican Party publicly announced its endorsement of Huff.
Is there much of a political implication for this error? Probably not since SD 29 has such lopsided registration. However, if this had happened in a seat with much closer registration numbers, this could have been really bad.
Whose fault is this error? Clearly, this clerical error could only have happened in one of three places: CRP, OCGOP, or ROV. This error rests with the CRP because Huff was not listed as an endorsed candidate on the LA County sample ballot either. (The odds of two county ROVs making the same mistake are highly unlikely.)
Right now, I would not want to be the person at the California Republican Party who left the Senate Republican Leader off the endorsement list sent to the county Registrars.
(Tangential note: interestingly, the American Independent Party endorsed Huff.)
In the meantime check out the Huff endorsement error for yourself on Page 6 of your sample ballot (or see our image of that page):