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Polling Shows Diane Dixon and Her Message Beat Cottie Petrie-Norris

Posted by Newsletter Reprint on September 19, 2019

This press release came over the wire from the Diane Dixon for Assembly campaign…

Polling Shows Diane Dixon and Her Message Beat Cottie Petrie-Norris

Dixon Holds Wide Lead Among Republican Voters, Petrie-Norris Beats Ernby Even Among Republicans

Orange County, California (September 17, 2019) – Polling from Public Opinion Strategies shows Newport Beach Councilwoman Diane Dixon (R-Newport Beach) pulls ahead of freshman Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris (D-Laguna Beach) for the 74th District seat when voters hear about Dixon’s record. The poll also shows that more Republican voters cross party lines to support Petrie-Norris than support Deputy District Attorney Kelly Ernby (R-Huntington Beach).

In name identification across the 74th District, the poll showed that Petrie-Norris only narrowly surpasses Dixon by 4% despite being the incumbent Assemblywoman. Ernby’s total name identification was only 5%, and her limited resources are inadequate to catch the other candidates. The poll’s margin of error is +/- 4.9%.

Dixon has higher name ID than Petrie-Norris among Republicans and among independent voters. She also has higher favorability and lower unfavorability than Petrie-Norris among each of those two voter groups.

In the initial ballot test, Diane Dixon, Republican, Councilmember, leads Kelly Ernby, Republican, Deputy District Attorney, by 18%. After voters hear about Dixon’s record on the City Council, Diane Dixon, Republican, Councilmember, outpolls Cottie Petrie-Norris, Democrat, California State Assemblymember, by 5% and Kelly Ernby, Republican, Deputy District Attorney, by 40%.

Among Republican voters in the initial ballot test, Dixon holds a 36% lead over Petrie-Norris. Democrat Petrie-Norris holds a 2% lead among Republicans over Republican Ernby. After voters hear about her record on the City Council, Dixon quickly consolidates 77% of Republicans behind her and opens up a 10% lead over Petrie-Norris among independents.

According to campaign finance reports from the latest reporting period, Dixon is the best-funded challenger running against an Assembly incumbent in the entire state, regardless of party. During that time, she raised over $207,000 and had more than $177,000 cash on hand. Additionally, Dixon raised the money after entering the race with only two months remaining in the six-month reporting period. She also outraised 42 Assembly incumbents, including 31 Democrats and 11 Republicans. During the reporting period, Dixon raised more than the majority of the Republicans in Orange County’s legislative delegation did.

Next week, Dixon has two fundraisers scheduled, one headlined by Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove and another headlined by former Governor Pete Wilson.

The 74th Assembly District has the strongest Republican registration advantage of any Assembly seat held by a Democrat.  There are 6 sitting Republican Assemblymembers who hold seats with weaker Republican registration advantages or even Democratic registration advantages.

Diane Dixon spent 40 years in the private sector as a business executive before being elected to the Newport Beach City Council in 2014.  She is serving her second term as Mayor, and has served as Chair of the Water Quality and Tidelands Committee and member of the Finance Committee for nearly five years, including four years as Chair.  During her tenure at City Hall, she has actively engaged city residents, holding over 23 town hall meetings, working closely with local business owners and residents to solve community problems, and initiating numerous neighborhood and community improvement programs.

An active member on several philanthropic community-based boards of directors for nearly four decades, Mayor Dixon has been married for 44 years to career prosecutor Pat Dixon, with whom she has a daughter, a former prosecutor, and three grandchildren.

The 74th Assembly District consists of Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, Laguna Beach, Laguna Woods, southern Huntington Beach, and most of Irvine.

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Paid for by Diane Dixon for Assembly 2020, ID #1418525.

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Really? Attacking a Candidate for the Passage of Things He Fought Against?

Posted by Chris Nguyen on March 1, 2019

As longtime readers know, as the publisher, I generally don’t write posts rebutting what other bloggers on OC Political write (and there’s no pre-approval process for our writers), as each writer’s opinion is their own, but last night’s blog post accusing Supervisorial Candidate Don Wagner of not being pro-life based on his record in the State Assembly is beyond the pale.

During his Assembly tenure, Wagner had a 100% on the legislative scorecards of both the California Pro-Life Council and the Life Priority Network, scoring identically to then-Assemblywoman/now-Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield) and to the right of even then-Assemblyman Travis Allen (R-Huntington Beach), for example.

I’m going to quote last night’s blog post and then note the reality below it.

“AB777 [Actually, this was AB775] – Required Pro Life medical clinics and Pregnancy Resource centers to promote and provide referrals to Abortion providers.  (This legislation was so reprehensible that the Supreme Court struck it down last year, Nifla V. Becerra)”

Wagner so vigorously fought AB 775 (Chiu and Burke, 2015) that the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL) of California took a clip of Wagner in committee and put it on YouTube under the title “Autumn Burke responds to anti-choice legislator at AB 775 hearing” and there was an article in the national liberal web site Jezebel that referred to him as “anti-abortion California Assembly member Donald P. Wagner” and quotes the video.

“AB154 – Nurse Practitioners, Midwives and Physicians Assistants can perform abortions. The purpose of this is obvious, to employ more professional who will perform abortions because less doctors are willing to participate in the procedure which make it difficult for the abortion cartel to expand their business.”

Wagner fought vigorously against AB 154 (Atkins, 2013) as well, such that NARAL California again took a clip of Wagner in committee and put it on YouTube, this time under the title “California Legislator Wants to Know Where the Underserved Women Are” and there was an article in MSNBC that attacked Wagner for his fight against this bill.

“AB980 – Cloaked as a building codes revision, this law makes it easier for buildings to be converted into surgical abortion facilities by reducing the standards for plumbing and patient treatment rooms.  Because abortion is a surgical procedure that produces medical waste (i.e. dead babies) and because it potentially involves a life threatening complications, there should be safety, health considerations and ability to transport a patient or for emergency personnel to obtain access to a patient.  These parameters however, can become expensive for a clinic to bring a facility up to those standards.  The way the California legislature responded the the Planned Parenthood sponsored bill, was the lower, rather than raise, those standards for abortion clinics.”

Wagner voted against AB 980 (Pan, 2013) FOUR times in the Assembly.

“SB128 [SB128 failed but was reintroduced as ABx2-15] Assisted Suicide – this appears to have survived it’s court battle.  It was passed in a “special session” in 2015 that was supposed to be dealing with budgetary issues only, this euthanasia law was pushed forward anyways. It passed, was signed by the governor, and faced legal challenges shortly after.  The law seems to have survived the court process, as of 2018.”

Wagner was the only opponent of ABx2-15 (Eggman, 2015) who was quoted by the article on the bill in the San Francisco Chronicle that was headlined “Assembly passes assisted-dying bill after emotional debate

On another note, last night’s blog post stated, “No one seems concerned or bothered by the fact that he vacates the seat he just ran for and will leave his city in a special election lurch, but yay for fiscal responsibility.”  Well, that’s not the case: Irvine City ordinances specifically say that the Mayor Pro Tem becomes Mayor if the latter seat is vacated (and then the City Council appoints a person to fill the subsequent vacancy on the Council).

Finally, the premise of last night’s blog post was that the writer received “a forwarded email yesterday from someone who called herself, Dr. Something-or-other, Ph.D.” who provided a “representation that [Wagner] is the only ‘Pro Life’ Third District candidate is not only untrue, because there are two other ‘Pro Life’ Republicans in the race…”  It is rather unseemly to launch an attack on a candidate based on receiving a forwarded email originally penned by some random emailer.  I’m a resident of the Third District, and I’ve not seen a single mailer, social media posting, article, or press release from Wagner (nor from any independent expenditure) claiming that Wagner is the only pro-life candidate.  Indeed, until last night’s blog post, I had not seen a single mention of abortion from any candidate literature or independent expenditure, nor was there any mention of abortion at the Third District candidate forum.

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